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We’ve Got Bjork and Zuck!
April 25, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CFI needs you to help us advocate for jailed atheist Alexander Aan 

The Secular Alliance at Indiana University, a CFI on Campus affiliate, is holding a Pastafarian feast to benefit Doctors without Borders 

Greta Christina wants students to take advantage of the Women in Secularism conference’s $25 student rate (going fast!) 

URGENT: Add Your Voice to Support Jailed Atheist in Indonesia
April 25, 2012

News

In January, Alexander Aan, a 30-year-old in West Sumatra, Indonesia, posted messages to Facebook expressing his lack of belief in God, as well as some satirical cartoons about the prophet Muhammad, and as a result was attacked by an angry mob and then arrested by police under the charge of blasphemy. CFI wants to make the voices of those who support Alexander loud and clear to the Indonesian government. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is organizing a letter-writing campaign on Alexander’s behalf, and we at CFI urge you to take part.

The Fruity Pair
April 24, 2012


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Oh no. Mr. Texas Creationism Textbooks himself, Don McLeroy, was on Colbert. It’s kind of sublime how Colbert deals with McLeroy as a compatriot, totally straight-faced. I almost wonder if it was the one thing that might have made McLeroy think, “Wow. What I’m saying really is kind of nutty.”

Your Power to Sway
April 23, 2012


Our resident policy honcho Michael De Dora was caught on camera by Christopher Brown, host of the Meet The Skeptics podcast, at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (to which several of our outreach do-gooders have decamped), and he gave a quick interview about what the heck CFI’s Office of Public Policy is all about.

Legion of Doom
April 23, 2012


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On Mondays, there’s always a lot of material to catch up on from over the weekend here at the Heresy. It becomes hard to organize it all so that it’s not too overwhelming, but all the bases get covered. Bear with me, though. One theme that’s emerged with a vengeance over the past few weeks is the rise of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as this kind of society of supervillains, like the Legion of Doom or something. Every day I’m posting at least one new link about how they’re doing something so jaw-droppingly regressive or inflammatory that it defies basic notions of propriety and, well, modernity itself. So this week I’ll see about grouping their stories into one sub-heading to keep it all a little more organized. Onward!

Lunatic, Heal Thyself
April 20, 2012


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Winning the war of attrition: Not only are one in four millennials “unaffiliated” with any religion, but more than half of those were once affiliated when they were younger

Reuters: Kuwaiti imprisoned for tweeting about Muhammad attacked by fellow inmate 

Romney to deliver the commencement address to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University

Condescendingly Stupid
April 19, 2012


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So, the Women in Secularism conference got a lot more attention in the past 24 hours. Since my little rant from yesterday’s Heresy…

Ophelia Benson called it “cogent” (why thank you), and then faced more trouble at the RDF site 

PZ stepped in, calling the attacks against the conference “condescendingly stupid,” “embarrassingly idiotic,” and “macho assholes.” 

Harmed by Homeopathy? CFI Wants to Hear from You
April 18, 2012

News

The Canadian affiliate of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) recently announced that it is lending its scientific support to assist with a monumental $30 million lawsuit against two Canadian retailers for their peddling of a useless homeopathic product in violation of consumer protection laws. Oscillococcinum, a product marketed as a remedy for flu-like symptoms, is in reality merely sugar water with no medicinal properties whatsoever (other than a possible placebo effect). The lawsuit is being filed against Shoppers Drug Mart and Boiron Canada for their sale and marketing of this product.

Science Advocacy Group to Wage Court Battles with Homeopathic Hucksters in U.S., Canada
April 18, 2012

Press Releases

CFI stands ready and eager to take on cases in the United States to curtail the fraud of homeopathy.

Jumping About Like Mountain Goats
April 18, 2012


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CFI’s John Shook on the struggle with labels and “the whole belief thing” for atheists, humanists, etc., etc. 

Relatedly, Leah Libresco explains her frustration with the humanist label 

Ophelia Benson calls out an “anonymous bully” on the RDF boards dissing the Women in Secularism conference