Post-Rally Stupor
March 26, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

This will have to be a quick one today folks. Yes, there’s an enormous deluge of Reason Rally coverage, but I just lost hours of work on this morning’s Heresy because, yes, I didn’t hit “save.” And I am crushed. So this was going to be longer, but I think I can still give you the important stuff.

And by the way, it was so great to meet and reunite with so many of you this weekend. I’m very proud of us.

To the news!

In Transit
March 23, 2012

The quick-and-dirty, in-transit-to-the-Reason-Rally edition! 

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo — LIVE FROM THE PORTLAND, MAINE JETPORT!

Rick Wingrove of Beltway Atheists gets op-ed in WaPo: “Reason Rally will show that all the cool people are atheists now and that the days of consent by silence are over.” Hell yes. 

Washington Times coverage of Reason Rally press conference with Dawkins, Silverman, Galef, Bey 

NPR piece on Reason Rally 

Hemant in WaPo: “Even though there may not be a physical building where we can meet, atheists have discovered communities online that weren’t around a decade ago.” 

The Morning Heresy 3/22/12
March 22, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo 

Public opinion tipping point: Pew survey shows majority in US want religion out of politics 

Brave and heroic Tennessee legislator seeks to protect expressions of faith in public schools 

More fun in Tennessee: State Senate passes anti-evolution bill 

CFI Heralds Reason Rally as Dawning of “Secular Spring”
March 21, 2012


Tuesday marked the first day of spring, but for tens of thousands of people a “Secular Spring” begins this Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Reason Rally, a celebration of science, reason, and secular values, promises to be a tremendous success, and the Center for Inquiry, a major sponsor of the rally, will be there in full force.

The Morning Heresy 3/21/12
March 21, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo 

I lend a quote to a WaPo/RNS piece on the rally, which prominently features SSA’s (and Rally press wrangler) Jesse Galef 

Fred Edwords in WaPo: More atheists are “coming out,” in part, because we seem more interesting.  

Historian Connects Modern Humanism to the Enlightenment
March 20, 2012

Press Releases

Free Inquiry essay reveals the intellectual awakening of the eighteenth century as foundation of today’s secular humanism

The Morning Heresy 3/20/12
March 20, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo 

(Explanation of what this series is about here.)

USA Today has a big, mostly-positive piece on Reason Rally (by Cathy Lynn Grossman, not exactly a fan of the movement, as evidenced here, comparing American Humanist Association to Westboro Baptist Church in 2010)

PZ is still not happy, but McCreight wants him to suck it up 

Dave Silverman at WaPo on why we need the Rally to begin with 

The Morning Heresy 3/19/12
March 19, 2012

Welcome to a new feature of CFI’s Free Thinking blog, “The Morning Heresy.” There’s so much going on in the news, both above and below the radar, that relates to the mission of CFI and its affiliate groups, so the management here decided it would be a good idea to get a kind of daily roundup of relevant items in order to keep everyone in the loop. Then it occurred to us, hey, this could be valuable to everyone in the secularist and skeptic movements…

Dizzy with Excitement over “Moving Secularism Forward”
February 20, 2012

I just signed on with CFI last week as their new communications guy, so I’m still settling in and getting a sense of what’s going on. So you’ll have to forgive me if some things that seem like old hat to regular readers of the CFI blogs are shiny, new revelations to me. And I’m not just talking about the fact that CFI headquarters has three little kitchens — two of which have stoves. That’s crazy! Really, what I’m flabbergasted by is the fantastic lineup of speakers at our conference in Orlando, mere days away, starting March 1st. 

New Communications Director Joins CFI
February 20, 2012


This past week, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) welcomed Paul Fidalgo as its new communications director. “Paul brings to CFI a sincere passion for the secular and skeptic movements, as well as an excellent grasp of both traditional and new media,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI’s president and CEO. “His experience in politics, communications, and the arts will be a tremendous asset to our organization and its mission.”