His Name is My Name, Too!
July 11, 2012


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With what I presume was a straight face, the chief of Indonesia’s supreme court tells Angela Merkel that it’s totally okay to be an atheist in Indonesia, which I think would be welcome news to Alexander Aan. 

Philip Appelman’s piece from Free Inquiry on “God, Darwin and the Meaning of Life” is posted at Bill Moyers’ website along with his interview on the program.

The Skull of a Newborn Pup
July 10, 2012


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Via our public policy guy Michael De Dora, CFI and IHEU deliver a joint statement on freedom of expression to the UN Human Rights Council, emphasizing the crackdown on speech rights in Islamic states.

He’s been here a few days now, but yesterday we finally got around to an official welcome to our new development director, he of the unrealistically diverse and intimidating resume, Alan Kinniburgh! Please give him all your money.

The Morning Heresy 7/9/12: Berlin Wall and Kitten Chlamydia
July 9, 2012


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Here’s an awesome way to start the week: A British humanist celebrant gives up her kidney for a man she’s never met. Her name is Kate Clarkson, and she’s my new hero.

“I had been reading about becoming a living donor and I was so moved that day that I decided if I could help, I would. I just thought ‘I’ve got a spare kidney that I don’t even need and people are dying every single day waiting for one.’ So if it was possible, I was going to do it.”

The Morning Heresy 7/6/12: Aan the Verge
July 6, 2012


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Today is the big protest in New York City on behalf of Alexander Aan. We have no idea how many folks are showing up, but if you’re in the NYC metro area, take your lunch break and show the world that atheism, and freedom of belief generally, should never be a crime. Help me do my job, and tell your local news outlet to cover it. Follow the action on Twitter under the hashtag #FreeAan.

To get a quick catch-up on what it’s all about, the latest video edition of Point of Inquiry features a discussion between Chris Mooney and Michael De Dora about Aan’s case.

Announcing WiS2, and a Few Words about WiS1
July 5, 2012


By now it’s clear, I’d say, that the Women in Secularism conference put on by CFI this past May was a milestone event in the secular movement’s history, as it raised consciousness for all in attendance — men and women — about all manner of issues affecting women both in and outside the secular and skeptic communities. 
The Morning Heresy 7/5/12: Supreme Court Upholds Higgs Boson!
July 5, 2012


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Now we’ve got you, Higgs!

The Washington Post has the clearest explanation I’ve seen of what it all means.

Lawrence Krauss in Slate gives a helpful metaphor…

The Morning Heresy 7/3/12: Recognize the Concept of a Cat
July 3, 2012


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Don’t forget, folks. The NYC protest of the imprisonment of Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan is happening this Friday. Here’s our press release (picked up by RDF), and here’s the Facebook event page so you can coordinate. 

So that not-funny guy who somehow gets a lot of work in Hollywood, Rob Schneider, thinks big government is using Nuremberg-like principles to give your kids autism through vaccines. Hey, I know why he’s really afraid of vaccines: Because he is, himself, a virus. And what do viruses spend their time doing? Makin’ copieeeeees! 

The Morning Heresy 7/2/12: For Great Justice
July 2, 2012


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CFI intern Stef McGraw has a great piece lending some perspective to our America-centric movement.

Michael De Dora at our Office of Public Policy laments the probable funding of a DC voucher program, but promises that CFI will “remain vigilant” in this ongoing struggle. 

At Friendly AtheistI look askance at Rod Dreher as he exemplifies the wrong way to think about creationism in schools.

If We Do Not Destroy Ourselves
June 28, 2012


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We’re putting it in writing. Today CFI announced the introduction of a new policy on hostile conduct and harassment at conferences. CFI’s President and CEO Ron Lindsay has published two blog posts on the topic: a short-and-sweet summation of the policy and its reasoning, and a “tl;dr” version that goes into much more detail. 

Platitudinous Syrup
June 27, 2012


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The personal papers of Carl Sagan will have a new home: The Library of Congress

Ron Bailey writes in Reason magazine about the continuing deep distrust for atheists in the U.S.