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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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Nov
05
2013

Greece v. Galloway To Be Argued at Supreme Court November 6


By Sean Lachut
Greece v. Galloway will be argued before the Supreme Court tomorrow, November 6, on the constitutionality of prayers at legislative and governmental functions. The official blog of the Supreme Court, SCOTUSblog, has a preview of the case. CFI Director of Public Policy Michael De Dora also had some thoughts on...

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Nov
05
2013

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Finds Evidence for 40 Billion Earth-size Planets in Milky Way


By Sean Lachut
Data taken from the Kepler spacecraft, and wrangled by University of California Berkley grad student Erik Petigura, has shown that one out of five sunlike stars in our galaxy has an Earth-size planet in orbit in the "goldilocks zone" (not too hot or too cold), as reported by the New...

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Nov
05
2013

Penn Jillette Talks Atheism at University of Toronto


By Sean Lachut
Famed magician and atheist provocateur Penn Jillette spoke at the University of Toronto about his new(ish) book Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday. The event was hosted by CFI-Canada, and Justin Trottier, founder of said organization, said in regards to the expanse of atheist books being published, "...the atheist movement...

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Nov
04
2013

Join CFI–DC in Celebrating Its 7th Anniversary


On Saturday, November 9, CFI–DC will celebrate its seventh anniversary with featured speaker Rebecca Goldstein. Registration includes a full dinner and open bar, so get your tickets today!

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Nov
04
2013

Dark Matter Experiment Found Nothing, but That’s Okay


By Sean Lachut
Scientists at the former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD have proudly reported that their dark matter experiment called LUX (named for the Large Underground pool of Xenon used to catch the dark matter) has found absolutely no evidence of dark matter after 110 days of running—but it found nothing...

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Nov
04
2013

The Anti-Claus, aka The Council’s Own Tom Flynn, to Start Tour of Southwest


Starting November 11th, with dates in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, Tom Flynn, the Anti-Claus, will give presentations on church-state separation, the demographics behind the “rise of the nones,” and, of course, what’s wrong with Christmas. This is a tour not to be missed!

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Nov
04
2013

Pennsylvania Bill to Put “In God We Trust” On Every Public School Passes Education Committee


By Sean Lachut
Hemant Mehta posted on The Friendly Atheist last week about State Representative Rick Saccone's (R) bill to put "In God We Trust" on every public school in the state passed through the House Education Committee 14-9. Saccone's tactic was to frame the obviously religious phrase as simply "our motto" and...

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