Agnosti-Freethinking Skepto-Humanism Squared
August 21, 2012


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

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing picks up the video of Annie Laurie Gaylor’s presentation of the history of women in atheism at CFI’s Women in Secularism conference. Says Doctorow:

It’s a great tour through the history — the often secret history — of women who fought and gave all, risking persecution for speaking out against religion and for women’s rights to control their destinies. 

Pakistani 11-year-old Rifta Masih could face the death penalty for allegedly violating blasphemy laws. US State Department is “disturbed.”

As CSICon in Nashville approaches (register now, y’all) I talk to presenter Eugenie Scott about how opponents of science are getting stealthier about sneaking their dogma into education.

Nothing More Than Meat
August 20, 2012


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There is a lot of good stuff from over the weekend, so let’s get right to it. 

So you may have heard over the weekend that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri, declared that women have a “biological mechanism” that can prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape.” I know, it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever heard too.

Hooligans
August 17, 2012


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As you may have noticed, the Alexander Aan petition did not gather sufficient signatures, despite our efforts. We’ll have more to say about it later (Michael De Dora addresses it well the WaPo piece), and believe me, we are not by any means through in our efforts to help Alexander and those in similar situations, so stay tuned. In the mean time, Russell Blackford echoes my own disappointment

We’ve been punked! Remember the women-only Saudi Arabian ghetto city? Not real.  

Ron Riles the Rationalists at the Reason Rally
August 16, 2012


Though the Reason Rally has noisily passed into history, we were just able to acquire the footage of our boss Ron Lindsay’s address to the crowd, lo those many months ago. 

iPads vs. Creationism
August 16, 2012


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Yesterday CFI chief Ron Lindsay went on HuffPost Live for a panel discussion on religion in schools, along with Annie Laurie Gaylor, Frank Schaeffer, and Rahiel Tesfamariam. It was remarkably substantive with an informed moderator. Check it out.

Skepchick was running out of actual important people within the movement to do their “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” series, so they asked me to do one.  

Overly-Aggressive High-Fives
August 15, 2012


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CFI announced changes to its board of directors, including the addition of Elisabeth Cornwell, head of the US branch of the Dawkins Foundation. 

Michael De Dora, CFI’s public policy director, contributes to the Skepchick series on hate directed against women, and aims his message at those who are rolling their eyes as they read this. 

Underwear and Toast
August 14, 2012


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American Atheists puts out new presidential-election-themed billboards featuring underwear and toast. CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes issue with the message they may be sending, focusing on the religions of the major party presidential candidates.

Romney Feels Randy
August 13, 2012


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Oh, hey guys!

I’m back from my two-week hiatus as we welcomes my new daughter into the world, Phoebe Helen Fidalgo, born July 27. Baby and mommy are doing fantastically, and daddy continues to do battle with the two-year-old boy Toby who, I should say, is really jazzed about his new baby sister (or, as he calls her, “my baby”).

Geneticists Like Euphemisms
July 27, 2012


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You think our ever-expanding and active secular movement is such hot stuff? CFI chief Ron Lindsay wants you to prove it

Much chest-thumping has taken place recently about the growth of the nonreligious community. If this growth is actually happening, I am obviously pleased by it. Scratch that—I’m thrilled by it. However, if the secular community cannot muster a measly 25,000 signatures (roughly the number of people who attend a Joel Osteen event) in support of a petition for freedom of conscience, I am not sure this growth is worth much. 

That’s right. Now go sign and share the petition for Alexander Aan, and show Ron what we’re made of. 

Gratuitous Nighttime Baloney
July 26, 2012


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Stars of the NatGeo show Chasing UFOs think their own show is crap. After thinking they were going to do some real science, says the show’s James Fox:

Unfortunately, when we actually got out in the field, we began to realize that they were more interested in poking around at night than allocating the time necessary during the day as, apparently (so we were told), Americans love watching others sneak around at night from the comfort of their couches. For the most part, it was gratuitous nighttime baloney.