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An Indistinct Heat Signature
September 10, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

With Pat Robertson on hand, Mitt Romney falsely implies that President Obama wants to take the word “God” out of the Pledge and off the currency. If only! 

Hemant has a good post on where atheists ought to concentrate their electoral efforts

Sarah Posner highlights CFI boss Ron Lindsay’s take on the religious kerfuffles of the party conventions.

Conventions’ Fixation on Religion Lamented by Secular Group
September 7, 2012

Press Releases

“Much about these political conventions has been extremely disheartening to secular Americans: Trivial bickering about who mentioned God a sufficient number of times, the fact of our warming planet being used as a punchline for derision, and leaders constantly citing Bronze Age mystical texts . . .

The Morning Heresy 9/7/12: Couldn’t Happen to a Lovelier Bunch
September 7, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Rimsha Masih is granted bail

Council on Foreign Relations blog looks at Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, hopes the Rimsha case may spur change.

The Economist is aghast.

Skeptics’ Convention Coming to Tennessee, the Center of Anti-Science Activism
September 6, 2012

Press Releases

The world’s leading thinkers and activists for skepticism and reason will descend upon the state that is at the center of the American anti-science movement, as Nashville, Tennessee plays host to CSICon 2, the conference dedicated to science and skeptical inquiry — October 25-28, 2012.

The Morning Heresy 9/6/12: Splatform
September 6, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Filed under Too Good to Be True: The godless Democratic Party platform gets re-god-ified during a messy, noisy floor vote – Hemant has a roundup. Interestingly, it was the delegation from Utah that fought the changes the hardest from the floor, though many protested merely the other “omission,” that of support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay shrugs, and looks for the silver lining.

The Morning Heresy 9/5/12: What’s with the Bald Knob?
September 5, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

CNN’s Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, talking about how faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention, highlight the party’s godless faction:

Atheists want Democrats to show them a little love. Ever since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the Democrats have worked to remake the party’s secular image, elevating progressive religious voices and talking about issues as “values.” At the same time, America’s atheists – who skew mostly Democratic – have grown more outspoken about wanting the government to represent their values. . . . look for proudly secular Dems to push back against the party’s piety this week. 

The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness
September 4, 2012


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The “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon is “dead.” (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness.

Marco Rubio Has Found You Wanting
August 31, 2012


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Invisible men were the theme of the Republican National Convention last night.

Most people will remember Clint Eastwood’s invisible President Obama and, well, whatever the hell that was that happened there.

But more importantly for us, Florida senator Marco Rubio values another invisible man. Rubio has judged, and found a particular segment of us wanting in our Americanness.

CFI Seeks New Outreach Director as Lauren Becker Moves to Marketing
August 30, 2012

News

Lauren Becker, the Center for Inquiry’s current director of outreach, will shift roles within the organization, becoming the new director of marketing. CFI is now accepting applications to fill the outreach director position.

Swedish Space Ghost
August 30, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, “Master of the Noosphere,” about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups’ ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.