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Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian Nobelist and secular humanist, dies Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian theoretical physicist, Nobel Laureate, and one of the fathers of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, died of cardiac arrest last night. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Humanism . An outspoken and famous Russian atheist, he authored a number… D.J. Grothe 11/09/09 0
The real meaning of the “Good without God” ad campaign Over at Psychology Today blogs, Austin Dacey, formerly the United Nations representative for the CFI, has an interesting piece (co-authored with Michael De Dora, Jr.) that explores the universal message of the atheist advertising campaigns being launched in various markets throughout the U.S., in which the Center for Inquiry is… D.J. Grothe 11/06/09 0
CFI’s Michael De Dora, Jr. appears on GritTV to debate “Religion on the Left” GRITtv with Laura Flanders, a "news and arts discussion show, available daily, in multiple formats, with interactivity and a positive take on what’s going on" featured CFI's New York branch director, Michael De Dora, Jr., on their show today. From the website: It’s election day in the U.S. and with… D.J. Grothe 11/03/09 1 12/03/09
Fun with the TV Ghost Hunters in St. Louis A couple weeks ago, on October 20th, I attended a large public lecture by the stars of SyFy’s hit TV show The Ghost Hunters at the University of Missouri, along with fellow St. Louis Skeptics Mark McNamara, Michael Blanford (of the St. Louis Science Center) and Christina Stephens (of Ziztur.com… D.J. Grothe 11/02/09 2 11/03/09
Rev. Michael Dowd and The New Atheists as God’s Prophets In August of 2008, I featured the Reverend Michael Dowd as a guest on Point of Inquiry for two back-to-back interviews, which can be found here and here . Dowd is the author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and… D.J. Grothe 11/02/09 3 11/02/09
Should humanists provide the alternative to both atheism and religion? Over at Religion Dispatches , Austin Dacey, who is on the editorial staff of Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer magazines, has a really thought-provoking piece about the so-called "Atheism 3.0," a group with which he is sometimes erroneously identified . Should organized humanism try to replace religion by becoming itself… D.J. Grothe 11/01/09 8 11/01/09
CFI’s Michael De Dora, Jr. quoted on Sean Hannity (Fox News) The Center for Inquiry is part of a coalition sponsoring ads promoting sexular morality in the New York City subways. Fox News conservative commentator Sean Hannity calls the ads "curious" because they say you can live a "great life without God." He quotes Michael De Dora, Jr., who heads up… D.J. Grothe 10/21/09 1 10/21/09
Quick Thoughts on the NPR “Bitter Rift” Story As I have said elsewhere, I supported CFI's International Blasphemy Day, because I think it is a unique and potentially powerful way to highlight the unwarranted immunity from criticism that religion often has in the United States and around the world. Moreover, satire and even ridicule have often been the… D.J. Grothe 10/19/09 16 10/21/09
Bill O’Reilly Dazzles with Dawkins Richard Dawkins recently appeared on the O'Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution . Despite calling Dawkins' views "fascistic" and being chided for yelling, Bill O'Reilly did rather well, considering his track-record. I especially liked that O'Reilly admitted he wasn't… D.J. Grothe 10/10/09 12 10/19/09
Obama the secular humanist savior? The National Republican Trust PAC's executive director, Scott Wheeler, claims that the Nobel Prize Committee is "made up of secular humanists." He further says that: Like faithful Christians awaiting the return of the Messiah, the Nobel Committee awaits the 'good works' of Obama. He also says that Obama has a… D.J. Grothe 10/09/09 6 10/14/09
Sen. Claire McCaskill Appears on NPR Game Show in honor of Blasphemy Day Living in Missouri, I am a big fan of our junior Senator, Claire McCaskill. Yesterday she appeared on National Public Radio's popular quiz show, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me , which is billed as "the oddly informative news quiz." From the NPR website: The Missouri Democrat visits Wait Wait to… D.J. Grothe 10/04/09 2 10/05/09
Harlem CFI loses vibrant leader, Herbert “Sibanye” Crimes The skeptic and freethought community mourns the death of one of its enthusiastic organizers on Tuesday of this week. Herbert Crimes, whom everyone knew simply as "Sibanye," ran the Harlem group for the Center for Inquiry. My own memories of him were of a very sweet man committed to advancing… D.J. Grothe 10/01/09 8 10/07/09
Nonreligion winning out over major religious denominations A new study released today by Trinity College shows that the number of nonreligious, or "Nones," including avowedly atheist and agnostic people, is growing in the United States. The lead researcher, demographer Barry Kosmin, says that trends suggest that one in five Americans will be nonreligious in 20 years. (Check… D.J. Grothe 09/22/09 2 09/28/09
Geeking out and reaching out: Dragon*Con grows as venue to advance skepticism Once again this year, Dragon*Con, which has an estimated 45,000 attendees, proved to be the place for skeptics to geek-out unabashedly, while also reaching out to new audiences. Like others from the Center for Inquiry, such as Ben Radford and Joe Nickell, I spoke a number of times throughout the… D.J. Grothe 09/21/09 4 10/09/09
Frank Schaeffer on how Evangelical Christianity is ruining this country In an excellent discussion on the Rachel Maddow Show about the harm that Evangelical Christian thinking has done to the United States, Frank Schaeffer, the son of the prominent Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer, speaks out about how extremist views in religion have led a third of our population to reject… D.J. Grothe 09/18/09 7 09/23/09
Captain . . . Kirk . . . is . . . godless! A few things have kept Star Trek on my mind lately: my interview on Point of Inquiry with a Star Trek producer on the atheism and humanism in the Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry, the fact that we have been going through the whole Star Trek: The Next… D.J. Grothe 09/17/09 6 09/21/09
Get off the cross, somebody else needs the wood We live right downtown in St. Louis, and absolutely love it. As boosters of urban renewal, my partner and I get excited with every new development in this great city's revitalization. For months, we have been looking forward to the opening of a full-fledged grocery store right on this block,… D.J. Grothe 09/16/09 39 09/27/09
Skeptics in the “Show Me State” Coming originally from Missouri and having moved back here last year, I'm increasingly charmed by its nickname: Missouri is known as the "Show Me State," and folks here imagine that Missourians share a devotion to simple common sense. Don't tell me, don't lead me to believe, but prove it --… D.J. Grothe 09/01/09 1 09/01/09
Phil Plait Preaches Skepticism at the Gnomedex Conference At the 9th Annual Gnomedex conference, JREF President and Bad Astronmer Phil Plait gave a presentation today on skepticism that was featured on the front page of CNN.com, streaming live. Gnomedex is a Seattle-based technology conference, and focuses on the experiential role that technology has in our daily lives. Plait… D.J. Grothe 08/21/09 0
CFI’s Michael De Dora Jr. Pushes Secular Humanism on FOX News Today on the Fox News show "The Strategy Room," which is streamed live daily, CFI's Michael De Dora Jr. defended a secular humanist and skeptical position that I think it is safe to say is not often heard on that network. In a segment hosted by Father Jonathan Morris called… D.J. Grothe 07/31/09 2 08/01/09
The Most Amazing Meeting A couple weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending THE AMAZ!NG MEETING in Las Vegas, the annual critical thinking convention put on by the James Randi Educational Foundation. As I've told many of my colleagues at CFI and many of my skeptic friends since, TAM is easily the best… D.J. Grothe 07/27/09 9 08/27/09
Look Back: Obama Moves in the Right Direction In Favor of Secularism at Prayer Breakfast? In his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast a few months ago, Obama spoke out in favor of a more robust civil secularism, and in many ways foreshadowed what became a major negative message he sent to the religious right during the National Day of Prayer. (See my previous post… D.J. Grothe 05/07/09 7 05/21/09
Obama Weakens National Day of Prayer ? David Silverman, national spokesperson for American Atheists, has it right : it is not the president’s job to tell people to pray. And Obama is mostly refusing to do so, at least more so than his recent predecessors. He is holding no public ceremony recognizing the National Day of Prayer,… D.J. Grothe 05/06/09 6 05/07/09
Unchurched least likely to back torture, new survey says According to a survey released recently by the Pew Research Center, over half of those who go to services at least once a week say it’s often or sometimes OK to torture America’s enemies. Those who aren’t connected with any religion (the unaffiliated) were the group least likely to back… D.J. Grothe 04/30/09 3 05/05/09
Is Evangelical Christianity Done For? According to a commentary in the Christian Science Monitor, anti-Christianity is making such headway in Western Civilization that it spells the collapse of Evangelicalism. Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the “Protestant”… D.J. Grothe 03/20/09 20 03/24/09
Why Darwin Day Matters There has been a debate within the secular, pro-science community about which holidays to celebrate, especially regarding those with origins in religion, such as Christmas and Easter. Some humanists and rationalists have attempted to come up with alternatives, such as HumanLight , and I even know of a number of… D.J. Grothe 02/12/09 2 02/14/09
My First Big Disappointment with Obama Obama has impressed many of us in the “reality based community” who have been repeatedly disheartened by some of his predecessor’s policies: by executive order, he has swiftly moved to reverse Bush’s policies on the detention and torture of terror suspects and the eventual closing of Gitmo, the government funding… D.J. Grothe 02/08/09 15 03/10/09
Obama’s Oath without a Bible - Is He An Atheist Afterall? I don’t know which nonsense notion riles me more: that Obama is the Anti-Christ , that Obama is a closeted muslim extremist , or that Obama is a dirty little atheist (Ann Coulter at 3:09 in the video, and also here ). To fuel the rumors that Obama, and not… D.J. Grothe 01/21/09 30 02/21/09
At Inaugural, Obama includes nonbelievers,  pledges to restore science Even if President Obama inspired millions of Americans today by talking about the “God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness,” he also — for the first time in history — explicitly acknowledged during his Inaugural Speech… D.J. Grothe 01/20/09 26 01/26/09
Credulous Americans? More Americans Believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution than in Creationism It should be no surprise that a vast majority of Americans believe in God, and that most believe the claims of Christianity, such as that people can survive death to go to heaven, or that Jesus of Nazareth is God or the Son of God, born of a virgin, and… D.J. Grothe 01/18/09 7 01/20/09
Why Obama should resist the BSA Yesterday, a coalition of secular organizations in the United States (including the Center for Inquiry and its affiliate, the Council for Secular Humanism) called on President-elect Obama to turn down the invitation to become the honorary president of Boy Scouts of America. This is because the BSA openly discriminates against… D.J. Grothe 01/14/09 3 01/15/09
Community Outreach CFI branches and campus affiliates are groups of freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, secular humanists, atheists, and agnostics who come together for many reasons. First and foremost, CFI groups offer support, educational programming, and social activities for nonreligious and skeptical people.  (Religious people are welcome, too, of course.) Second, CFI groups are… D.J. Grothe 04/26/07 0
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Campus Skeptics and Humanists In 1996, the Council for Secular Humanism, North America’s leading organization for ethical, non-religious people, brought seven college students to its headquarters at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, New York.  The students were concerned about the rising tide of religious-political extremism and anti-scientific outlooks among members of their… D.J. Grothe 04/26/07 0
Community & Campus Outreach The Center for Inquiry isn't just a think tank—we're a world-wide movement of humanists, skeptics, freethinkers, and atheists, all working together at the grassroots level to advance scientific and secular values where we live. From social events to educational lectures, community volunteering to national advocacy, CFI members are living proof… D.J. Grothe 04/26/07 0