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Oct
30
2013

Virginia Nominee for Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson: “God Will Stop Blessing US Military”


By Sean Lachut
Obviously some big problems with this one. The rest of Jackson's argument is that God is going to stop his blessings because of...gay rights. Specifically the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. This man is running for the second highest governing role in a state that is fairly large and...

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Oct
30
2013

Debunking Climate Change Deniers: A Gentler Approach


By Sean Lachut
Michael Schulson over at Religion Dispatches magazine has a piece about how debunking climate change deniers aggressively with science and reason might be too strong an approach. He goes on to say "...scientific facts do not, as a rule, sway science denialists. That's the whole problem, right?...The challenge, then, is...

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Oct
30
2013

Saudi Arabian ‘Blasphemer” Hamza Kashgari Released


By Sean Lachut
Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi writer, was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in February 2011 after tweeting about human aspects of the Prophet Mohammed, a violation of local blasphemy laws. He was released yesterday after being in jail for almost two years without trial. Kashgari was a major focus of CFI's...

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Oct
30
2013

Readers of The Friendly Atheist Donate Thousands to Beaten Pastor’s Recovery Fund


By Sean Lachut
In case you don't remember the case of the "militant atheist" beating up Pastor Norman Hayes, here's a link to a past story on The Friendly Atheist. Recently, Hemant Mehta asked his readers to donate money to the pastor's recovery fund (money that was only going to his recovery, not...

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Oct
30
2013

NASA Begins Project to Probe Deeper in the Universe


By Sean Lachut
NASA is beginning a project called The Frontier Fields, combining the resources of three space telescopes (the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra) and exploiting something called "gravitational lensing" to gaze at galaxies up to 100 times fainter than previously observable. More information available here.

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Oct
30
2013

Scientific American Explores the Psychological Power of Satan


By Sean Lachut
An article on Scientific American examines how believing in a personification of evil like Satan shapes the way a person thinks—how it shapes about 70 percent of America, according to a 2007 Gallup poll about belief in the devil.

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Oct
30
2013

Former CFI Intern Monica Harmsen Produces Video with CFI-Michigan


By Sean Lachut
This great promotional video, focusing on the Living Without Religion billboard campaign, was produced by former CFI intern Monica Harmsen with the assistance of CFI-Michigan.

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Oct
30
2013

Paleontologist Presents Extraterrestrial Origin of Life on Earth


By Sean Lachut
While it may not solve the problem of the origin of life in the universe, a paleontologist from Texas Tech University has posited a theory explaining how life may have started on our planet. Dr. Sankar Chatterjee synthesized his theory by connecting theories on chemical evolution with evidence related to...

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Oct
30
2013

Former Westboro Baptist Church Members: “We Hurt A Lot of People”


By Sean Lachut
In an admission that can only be described as painfully obvious, newly freed members of the funeral-picketing church have come to the conclusions that the Westboro Baptist Church was responsible for hurting quite a few people. That said, congratulations to the girls mentioned in the story, it cannot be easy...

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Oct
29
2013

Texas Abortion Law Ruled Unconstiutional


By Sean Lachut
A victory for human rights in Texas as the hotly contested restrictive abortion law was ruled unconstitutional yesterday afternoon. Read more on Slate.com.

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