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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.

Bottomless Chum Bucket
May 11, 2012


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CFI-Indiana director Reba Boyd Wooden and member John Kiel do a great job being interviewed on WSBT television on CFI’s efforts to end religious privilege in solemnizing marriages in Indiana. Reba says, “We shouldn’t be forced to portray ourselves as religious. We should be able to [solemnize marriages] under a secular certification.”

Obama and Marriage Equality: The Inspirational, the Cynical, and the Practical
May 10, 2012


I am of three minds on Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage yesterday. (I have a very big head, and can easily accomodate all three minds within my spacious skull.) I am equal parts inspired, cynical, and pragmatic. Allow me to parse it out.
Cortical Gyrification
May 10, 2012


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While millions celebrated yesterday what was a huge move forward, symbolically at least, for LGBT marriage equality, CFI championed marriage equality of another kind in Indiana.

The Morning Heresy 5/9/12: You and the Bus
May 9, 2012


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She of the Heated Phone Interview, Greta Christina, talks to AHA’s Roy Speckhardt, who was part of the hiring committee that chose Edwina Rogers to head the SCA.  

Hearing Roy’s thinking on all of this reinforces for me what I noted in my reactions to Greta’s interview with Rogers herself, that the emphasis here is on raw realpolitik.

The Morning Heresy 5/8/12: Six Commandments, Fourteen-Foot Beaver
May 8, 2012


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Greta Christina posts her audio interview (mp3) with new SCA chief Edwina Rogers, as well as a transcript

Prime takeaway from my perspective: Rogers seems adamant that there is more of a pro-secular attitude within the GOP than almost anyone else believes, and leans heavily on the idea that there’s not sufficient research on the question (she says, “I don’t agree that the Republican Party is pro-life,” which is really hard to square, but she insists that there is supportive research). I have to wonder whether this is somewhat a moot issue, because it seems to me that the question that is plaguing movement atheists is whether Rogers is truly “one of us” given her history, and while not totally irrelevant, the secularity of the wider GOP is not necessarily central to answering that. In other words, her own record and coming work will be a far better barometer than that of the Republican Party as a whole. 

The Morning Heresy 5/7/12: Fruitloops Goonybat
May 7, 2012


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Welcome to the work-week, folks. I just bought a bicycle yesterday, and it’s the first time I’ve ridden one in almost 20 years, so as you can imagine, it’s a whole new world for me (the whole gear-shifting thing was explained to me, but I only pretended to understand it). Perhaps to avoid hurting myself too badly, I should have taken my new bike to Milton’s Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Massachusetts, where they were blessing bicyclists and motorcyclists with holy water from a bike helmet. It actually looked like it was kind of fun!