Violence over Blasphemy in Egypt and Libya
September 12, 2012


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Our big story is the country’s big story: Anger in Egypt over an American-made film by an Israeli-American real estate developer that purportedly “insults” Islam and the prophet Muhammed has erupted into violence and protests at the US Embassy in Egypt. This violence then spread to the US mission in Libya, where the ambassador there, J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his staffers were killed. This is the first death of a US envoy abroad in more than 20 years.

Typically Ridiculous
September 11, 2012


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CFI’s Debbie Goddard tells a heartfelt personal story to illustrate the need to take part in the Light the Night effort to fight cancer. 

At CSI, LaRae Meadows scores an interview with SETI founder Frank Drake, of the alien-life-predicting “Drake Equation” fame. 

Michael Nugent reports that Alexander Aan’s prison sentence has been upheld despite appeals. 

Crommunist on the Atheism+ fracas, so well put in this small sentence fragment:

The fallout has been typically ridiculous. 

An Indistinct Heat Signature
September 10, 2012


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With Pat Robertson on hand, Mitt Romney falsely implies that President Obama wants to take the word “God” out of the Pledge and off the currency. If only! 

Hemant has a good post on where atheists ought to concentrate their electoral efforts

Sarah Posner highlights CFI boss Ron Lindsay’s take on the religious kerfuffles of the party conventions.

The Morning Heresy 9/7/12: Couldn’t Happen to a Lovelier Bunch
September 7, 2012


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Rimsha Masih is granted bail

Council on Foreign Relations blog looks at Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, hopes the Rimsha case may spur change.

The Economist is aghast.

The Morning Heresy 9/6/12: Splatform
September 6, 2012


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Filed under Too Good to Be True: The godless Democratic Party platform gets re-god-ified during a messy, noisy floor vote – Hemant has a roundup. Interestingly, it was the delegation from Utah that fought the changes the hardest from the floor, though many protested merely the other “omission,” that of support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay shrugs, and looks for the silver lining.

The Morning Heresy 9/5/12: What’s with the Bald Knob?
September 5, 2012


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CNN’s Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, talking about how faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention, highlight the party’s godless faction:

Atheists want Democrats to show them a little love. Ever since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the Democrats have worked to remake the party’s secular image, elevating progressive religious voices and talking about issues as “values.” At the same time, America’s atheists – who skew mostly Democratic – have grown more outspoken about wanting the government to represent their values. . . . look for proudly secular Dems to push back against the party’s piety this week. 

The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness
September 4, 2012


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The “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon is “dead.” (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness.

Marco Rubio Has Found You Wanting
August 31, 2012


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Invisible men were the theme of the Republican National Convention last night.

Most people will remember Clint Eastwood’s invisible President Obama and, well, whatever the hell that was that happened there.

But more importantly for us, Florida senator Marco Rubio values another invisible man. Rubio has judged, and found a particular segment of us wanting in our Americanness.

Swedish Space Ghost
August 30, 2012


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I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, “Master of the Noosphere,” about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups’ ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

Bibles Left Unthumped
August 29, 2012


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Did you watch any of the GOP convention last night? I sure did. I have thoughts about it, of course, but one thing relevant to this blog is how little I heard from the theocratic wing of the party. Very little, at least from the main speakers, about God or Jesus or what have you. Indeed, I only heard Mormonism mentioned once, by Ann Romney about her courtship with Mitt. Even Santorum was light on the fire and brimstone (but, shall we say, heavy-handed). Mike Huckabee comes on tonight, so, we may see some Bibles thumped yet.