Go Get a Real Hobby
July 25, 2012


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A lot of bloggers have helped spread the word about the petition to the White House for jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, and I want to take this moment here to offer my sincere thanks. Frreethought Blogs’ writers as a group have been particularly good about encouraging folks to sign and share, and all of us here at CFI appreciate it. Please, please keep it up.

Pick out your Halloween costume and tune your six-string. It’s time to get ready for CSICon 2012 in Nashville

If You Don’t Read This, You’re Hitler
July 24, 2012


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Bye bye, Sally Ride (1951-2012).

Greta Christina has some words for Mitt Romney in response to his praise of Dr. Ride. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay explores how one’s politics are (and are not) informed by humanism in the latest Free Inquiry

Pray Away the Guns
July 23, 2012


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CFI’s chief Ron Lindsay released a statement on Friday on the Aurora shooting.

CSI’s Ben Radford picks apart the notion that the Batman movie was somehow responsible for the violence. 

Usually-risible Texas congressman Louis Gohmert says the shooting happened because the country doesn’t place enough value in God. Hemant asks: “Who votes for someone like that?”   

Meatheads
July 20, 2012


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Kimberly Winston covers CFI’s efforts on behalf of Alexander Aan, here in the Washington Post. We’re hoping that this kind of mainstream media coverage helps inspire more people outside of our own movement to take part. We’re over 3500 signatures now. Please keep this ball in the air, keep sharing the link with folks even outside the skepto-atheosphere.

Keeping Your Powder Dry
July 19, 2012


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As of this moment, we have over 2700 signatures in our petition to the White House for Alexander Aan, and we must make it to 25,000 by August 16! My personal thanks to all those who have blogged, tweeted, facebooked, emailed, and pestered their friends and social network connections to sign. We still have a ways to go, so we need to keep pushing so we can attain a snowball effect. PZ commands you!  

The Promise of Doughnuts
July 18, 2012


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Yesterday we began our drive to gather electronic sigantures for an online petition to the White House on behalf of Alexander Aan. It’s off to a strong start as we near 1400 signatures, but we badly need folks to do more than sign, and actively share the petition and encourage folks to do the same. We have to build momentum.

Gesundheit!
July 17, 2012


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This is important: Today the Center for Inquiry submitted a petition to the White House to ask the president and the administration to publicly address the plight of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, as well as that of religious dissidents and nonbelievers in Indonesia.  

Funny Things about Socrates
July 16, 2012


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The exciting news over the weekend for us was that Alexander Aan, persecuted and jailed for his atheism in Indonesia, has written a letter to his supporters from prison, thanking them for their efforts and reasserting his commitment to “humanity and science.” Atheist Ireland’s Michael Nugent was first with the news. 

CFI’s Michael De Dora has two posts on this development: The first catches us up with the story so far and posts the letter in full. The second gives a comprehensive list of things that you can do right now to lend Alexander a hand (like write back to him!). 

A Lot of Them are Goth and Hot
July 13, 2012


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Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Look out for ladders and mirrors and cats and…oh, never mind. 

The heated debate in the atheo-skeptosphere on harassment at events hits the mainstream: Kimberly Winston of RNS chronicles the fracas (here in WaPo), and talks to CFI chief Ron Lindsay and several others within the movement.

You’d Better Manifest Grandma
July 12, 2012


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What did a twenty-year-old Carl Sagan think were the important books he should digest? Thanks to those papers now kept at the Library of Congress, now we know. (My favorite bit: he scribbles the author of the Bible as “anonymous.”) 

CFI chief Ron Lindsay looks to refocus our community’s attention on how humanist principles apply to wealth and its influence.

The way I interpret humanism, it has no problem with wealth per se, or with significant disparities in income and wealth. Humanism does commit one to support democracy and equal rights for all, however.