Why Obama should resist the BSAJanuary 14, 2009
President-elect Obama should refrain from becoming honorary president of the discriminatory Boy Scouts of America.
Defendants File Answers in Newdow Inauguration LawsuitJanuary 11, 2009
Another update on Newdow v. Roberts , Michael Newdow’s lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at the Presidential Inauguration ( see my prior post ): both the Presidential Inauguration Committee and the federal officials named the lawsuit have filed answers to Newdow’s complaint. …
Mississippi Bill Targets Biology BooksJanuary 10, 2009
Last week the Mississippi state legislature took up an anti-evolution bill that would require the State Board of Education to place disclaimer stickers in every textbook that discusses evolution. House Bill No. 25 , introduced by state representative Gary Chism, sets forth a lengthy required disclaimer that states, in part: "This textbook discusses evolution, …
State Attorneys General Oppose Challenge to Inauguration CeremonyJanuary 9, 2009
An update on the recently-filed lawsuit challenging the use of prayer and the addition of the words "so help me God" at this month’s Presidential Inauguration: yesterday all 50 state Attorneys General, led by Texas AG Greg Abbott and joined by the AG for the Virgin Islands, filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief defending …
Africa Needs More Human-Centered Thought and ActivismJanuary 7, 2009
Norm R. Allen Jr. responds to the idea that missionary work and Christianity are essentially benign.
Humanism and the Faith that UnitesJanuary 2, 2009
Can humanism promote an active faith in ethical ideals, without falling into the religious divide of dogmatic faith?
Should Nonbelievers Challenge Inaugural Oath and Invocation?December 31, 2008
Should atheists and nonbelievers sue to prevent the inaugural benediction and the use of the words "so help me God" when Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20th? According to Michael Newdow’s website , more than two-dozen individuals and organizations – including the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion …
Science, Reason, and the Obama AdministrationDecember 24, 2008
Kendrick Frazier’s Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer
Seasonal Wishes from…a CFI Supporter?December 23, 2008
Or, not. A special note to CFI just in time for Christmas.
Evangelical Lobbyist Resigns Amid Civil Unions FlapDecember 19, 2008
Proponents of the popular religion-as-guardian-of-civil rights narrative have some rethinking to do. According to the New York Times , Richard Cizik, the longtime Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, has resigned after revealing his support for civil unions for gay couples. That’s right: not gay marriage, but the …