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President Obama to United Nations: ‘We Do Not Ban Blasphemy’
President Obama has disappointed nonbelievers and those who take seriously the concept of church-state separation many times. In his participation in the National Prayer Breakfast, in his continuation and expansion of the Bush-spawned “faith-based initiatives,” and his general pandering to religious figures, such has his inclusion of the risible Rick Warren at his inauguration.
Secular Groups Issue Report on Anti-Atheist Discrimination Around the World
Back in August, five secular organizations — the American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and Secular Coalition for America — met with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom.
3 Big Lies in Religious-Right 'Voter Guide' Hitting 13 Million Cell Phones
Financially troubled parts of Europe consider taxing church properties
Cash-strapped officials in Europe are looking for a way to ease their financial burden by upending centuries of tradition and seeking to tap one of the last untouched sources of wealth: the Catholic Church.
On the Freedom to Offend an Imaginary God
The latest wave of Muslim hysteria and violence has now spread to over twenty countries. The walls of our embassies and consulates have been breached, their precincts abandoned to triumphant mobs, and many people have been murdered—all in response to an unwatchable Internet video titled “Innocence of Muslims.” Whether over a film, a cartoon, a novel, a beauty pageant, or an inauspiciously named teddy bear, the coming eruption of pious rage is now as predictable as the dawn. This is already an old and boring story about old, boring, and deadly ideas. And I fear it will be with us for the rest of our lives.
Nothing, however vile, justifies censorship
Even in the hardest of cases such as this anti-Islamic film, the old arguments against censorship remain the best
Childhood Memories Serve as a Moral Compass
Thoughts of innocent times prompt ethical behavior
The US is Broke -- Not!
The conservative network of viral emails has been buzzing about a short video done by a retired accountant that shows our revenue to be insufficient to support any of the Federal discretionary budget once our obligations for debt service and entitlements are paid. Evidently this is news to many people and the video is presented in a context of shock, fear and great urgency. My spouse, Marguerite, emailed one of our mutual friends to allay his fears and put the matter in perspective.
Living Under Drones -- Chilling First-Hand Testimony of Escalating Drone Attacks by the US
Lie to Me: The Biological Basis of Emotion