Gigantic Money Pit

June 22, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

The first half-day of the Student Leadership Conference is in the can, and everyone’s already exhausted. Somehow my hotel room was never booked, so there was some scrambling late last night until I found lodging, as most rooms in the area were already filled. Yes, there was in fact no room at the inn.

But I’ll live. In the meantime, make sure you’re following the action on Twitter at #CFIcon.

And now, the somewhat abbreviated links.

Atheists are still at the bottom of the pack in terms of hypothetical electability, according to Gallup. We’ll catch up to you yet, Muslims!

Following on the big news that Australia’s nonreligious numbers are upKylie Sturgess talks to the The Western Australian, complete with serious-yet-serene looking photo.

They might be up here, too. Stephen Prothero cites some data on the influx of Asian immigrants to the U.S. and their religious affiliations, and sees a potential uptick for “nones.”

CFI chief Ron Lindsay sends a letter to the Indonesian ambassador to the U.S. urging the country to honor its international obligations to human rights and free Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan.

Tech in Asia highlights CFI’s protest of Aan’s conviction as part of a growing wave of support for him.

PZ reacts to the recent Free Inquiry study on the revenue lost to church subsidization: “Religion is a gigantic money pit.”

And, uh-oh. PZ’s got a podcast.

Soraya Chemaly at HuffPo teaches us a term we’re not going to like, “complimentarianism,” and questions why we should not be confronting political candidates with the implications of their religious views:

By NOT openly discussing the influence and costs of religion on the economy and political and public policy we are privileging religion in seriously deleterious ways. It’s a fabulist and destructive suggestion that considerations of the quality and pervasiveness of a political candidate’s practice of faith should be off limits

CSI’s Ben Radford is underwhelmed by Pixar’s Brave, and at Discovery looks at the various ways folks are exploited by “psychics.”

Chris Mooney announces two upcoming guests on Point of Inquiry: Jamie Kilstein and Ed Brayton.

Have public attitudes about Mormons not moved much since the 60s?

Rebecca Watson looks to differentiate between destructive and benign “moderate theists.”

Hemant highlights former gubernatorial weird guy Jesse Ventura as he reasserts his atheism.

Tablet magazine takes a long look at “secular crusader” Herb Silverman.

Oh no. According to Bridget Gaudette, I think I might be an Atheist Slacktivist.

Quote of the Day

Joe Nickell to the audience at #CFICon:

If I have one message of my lifetime, it’s ‘don’t live virtual lives’ — Actually go investigate.


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