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Nov
06
2013

Point of Inquiry Is Back!


By Sean Lachut
That's right, your favorite podcast is back with guest Leonard Mlodinow (and host Josh Zepps) discussing Mlodinow's new book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. More information, including links to the episode itself, here.

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Nov
06
2013

Famed Creationist Ken Ham Urges Voting for Godly Candidates


By Sean Lachut
Ken Ham, founder and executive director of the Creation Museum, said in a recorded message directed to voters that they, "...shouldn’t choose (their) leaders based on how their policies personally benefit us....Our goal should be to elect leaders who’ll uphold the authority of God’s word so that our children’s hearts...

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Nov
06
2013

CFI Director of Public Policy Michael De Dora to Speak at CFI-Portland


By Sean Lachut
Michael De Dora will be speaking to CFI-Portland at Norse Hall on Friday, November 8, about advancing secular values around the world, a good subject for CFI's representative to the United Nations. More info here.

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Nov
06
2013

Greece v. Galloway: What You Need to Know


By Sean Lachut
Greece v. Galloway, the case challenging the almost exclusive use of Christian prayers before town board meetings in the city of Greece, NY, is being argued before the Supreme Court today. Here's a link to a page full of information on the landmark case.

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Nov
06
2013

Illinois Legalizes Gay Marriage


By Sean Lachut
The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday (11/5) legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the state, expected to be signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn as soon as it reaches his desk. This makes Illinois the fifteenth state in the country to extend basic human rights to LGBT Americans.

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Nov
06
2013

U.S. Catholic Bishops Oppose Employee Non Discrimination Act


By Sean Lachut
The Employee Non Discrimination Act is an effort to extend workplace discrimination protection to LGBT Americans, and on Monday (11/4) it passed a sixty-vote procedural vote in the Senate. However, perhaps not surprisingly, this semi-bipartisan piece of legislation is facing opposition from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

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Nov
05
2013

Millenials Increasingly Turning Away from Religion


By Sean Lachut
An article at Salon.com describes the increasing atheism of millenials—and chalks it up to the politicization of churches all over the country. They also include several looks at American families explaining their religious and irreligious views.

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Nov
05
2013

Freedom From Religion Foundation Aims Legal Force Against California Public Prayer


By Sean Lachut
An article at the Friendly Atheist takes a look at the recent major lawsuit leveled at the Pismo Beach City Council by the Freedom From Religion Foundation over the city's use of sectarian invocation prayers.

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Nov
05
2013

Loophole in California Vaccination Law Leads to More Exemptions


By Sean Lachut
An article at Forbes examines an interesting, in the worst way possible, loophole in a California vaccination law that was designed to limit the number of people being exempt from vaccinations. That loopholes actual effect? Allowing more people to avoid vaccines, putting more people's lives at risk, and the spread...

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Nov
05
2013

Are Human Beings Naturally Moral?


By Sean Lachut
Robert Wright at the Atlantic has an article examining recent research by Joshua Greene that suggests that humans are naturally moral creatures and attempting to reconcile that with all the violence and evil in the world.

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