Born Outside the Fence
May 25, 2012


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Happy Towel Day!

CFI-LA’s Jim Underdown goes toe-to-toe with some alleged psychics on the Dr. Phil Show today! The drama! The suspense! The credulousness! I can hardly stand it.

Poke Your Dog with Needles
May 24, 2012


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CFI chief Ron Lindsay looks at the real implications of victory for the Catholic Church’s legal action against the Department of Health and Human Services, using a possible news headline of the future about a hypothetical Supreme Court case to make a troubling point (and Roberts and Thomas don’t come out looking so great).

Your Bare Ankles Endanger My Immortal Soul
May 23, 2012


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There’s still a lot more digesting of the Women in Secularism conference in the atheosphere. One piece you’re just going to have to read in its entirety is CFI chief Ron Lindsay’s on his prime takeaway: we need more of these. I’m not going to blockquote it because you should read all of it. I know he’s my boss and all, but it’s true.

The Antidote
May 22, 2012


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We’re only at the beginning of The Great Content Generation I predicted would be spurred by the Women in Secularism conference. Here are a lot of great reactions from bloggers around the atheosphere. See yesterday’s Heresy for more immediate roundups, and the Twitter hashtag #wiscfi continues to spring up with reactions, photos, and witticisms. 

A Deep and Undulating Whoop
May 21, 2012


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Now that was a conference!

This was no egg-headed snoozer, this was no reiteration of why we like Darwin so much (not that there’s anything wrong with those). The Women in Secularism conference was as fantastic, fulfilling, and enlightening an event as we could ever have hoped. Once a glimmer in Melody Hensley’s eye, it brought together an excellent mix of thinkers and personalities that had everyone opening their eyes to new perspectives. (Oh, and Jennifer Michael Hecht gave a poetry reading — how cool is that?) There’s a lot already, as you’ll see below, that’s being said about this past weekend, and I’m sure it’s only the beginning.  

The Morning-ish Heresy 5/18/12: Bio-Adjusting Mattress
May 18, 2012


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Tonight marks the start of the much-talked-about Women in Secularism conference, and I have a feeling this is going to be an event that will really get the gears turning for folks in the movement. I suspect a lot of content generation will result.

 

Un-liked
May 17, 2012


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First things first. As our Facebook followers know, we uploaded a bunch of photos yesterday from the Castles along the Rhine cruise (“It went well, thanks,” reported our boss), and while this usually is a non-event where all the images happily snuggle together in one fell swoop in a photo album, something went terribly pear-shaped with our program, and every single photo went into folks’ news feeds individually, littering people’s Facebook homepages with pleasant-yet-relentless images of happy secularists and scenic European vistas.

Tugging on My Kuiper Belt
May 16, 2012


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Urgent new action alert: The House version of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act strips away crucial protections based on sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. We need you to take action right now to oppose this version of the bill, and to tell the House to take up the Senate version, which CFI supported

They Can’t Burn Our Internet
May 15, 2012


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Everyone at CFI is feeling like a proud parent today, because our plucky podcast is getting some well-overdue accolades from the mainstream press. Hyperactive news website Business Insider named our own Point of Inquiry one of the 10 best podcasts, grouping it with such shows as Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! and Anderson Cooper 360. We are beaming! Our sincere congratulations to hosts Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas, and producer Adam Isaak! (And yeah, we’ll be making more noise about this, because that’s what proud parents do.)
Share the Meat
May 14, 2012


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CFI’s suit to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana is sparking more attention.

Indy Star columnist Erika Smith looks at the state of marriage equality in Indiana, and says:

What Obama said was inspiring and what the Center for Inquiry is doing is amazing.