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Oct
23
2013

Great Britain: Spiritual but Not Religious?


By Sean Lachut
Prepare your groans: Theos, a Christian think-tank, recently took an opinion poll (titled "The Spirit of Things Unseen" in a melodramatic twist) of British citizens and found that while the percentage of people that call themselves "religious" is steadily declining, those that believe that "there are things in life that...

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Oct
23
2013

Lech Walesa Calls for Secular Ten Commandments


By Sean Lachut
Famed Polish union leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Lech Walesa, speaking in front of a room of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, called for a secular version of the Ten Commandments to underpin universal values. This may seem strange, given that Walesa is a well-known Catholic, and indeed he went...

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Oct
23
2013

Hemant Mehta Explains What Oprah Doesn’t Get About Atheism


By Sean Lachut
In response to Oprah's recent interview with inspiring swimmer Diana Nyad, and specifically in regard to Oprah's strange comments about Nyad's atheism, Hemant Mehta has penned a great piece on the Washington Post's blog. Mehta discusses what Oprah got wrong and what atheists get right about life, the universe, and...

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Oct
23
2013

CFI Urges Public Library on Long Island to Cancel Taxpayer-Funded Event With Psychic


By Sean Lachut
CFI has written to public officials on Long Island asking them to cancel a taxpayer-funded event featuring Adrienne DeSalvo, self-proclaimed spiritual counselor and public medium, at the Hauppauge County Public Library in Hauppauge, NY.

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Oct
23
2013

Richard Dawkins Says US Politicians Should Start Paying Attention to “Atheist Lobby”


By Sean Lachut
In an interview with Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist, famed biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins thinks that the secular population of America is "more numerous than many people realize" and that Washington needs to start paying attention. Unfortunately, at the moment in America there is no well-funded, well-organized secular...

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Oct
23
2013

Salon.com Accuses Sam Harris of Slurring Malala Yousafazai


By Sean Lachut
On October 11, Sam Harris posted an op-ed on his website about Malala Yousafazai, her courage in the face of violence and oppression, and about the broader topic of evil in human society. On October 19, Salon published a response to that article claiming that Harris "slurred" Malala and "co-opted"...

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Oct
23
2013

USA Today Covers CFI’s Michigan Billboard Campaign


By Sean Lachut
CFI's "Living Without Religion" campaign continues to get media coverage both in Michigan and across the nation, as USA Today posts a story about the billboards around Grand Rapids. The response to the billboards has been mostly positive, excluding the comments sections of several websites, which seem to be full...

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Oct
23
2013

CFI Unveils New ‘Point of Inquiry’ Team


By Sean Lachut
In case you missed it, CFI has announced the new team in charge of the Center's flagship podcast, Point of Inquiry. To follow all the upcoming action, here are the links for Point of Inquiry's Twitter feed, Facebook page, and the soon to be updated podcast website.

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Oct
23
2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaking at Grand Valley State University


By Sean Lachut
Neil deGrasse Tyson, well-known science popularizer, astrophysicist, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, is speaking at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan, on November 13. CFI-Michigan is co-hosting the event with the University's Physics Club and they are expecting 3,000 to 4,000 attendees. Tyson's talk is...

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Oct
23
2013

Controversy after AHA Names Barney Frank “Humanist of the Year”


By Sean Lachut
In a decision that is making some waves in the secular humanist community, former Congressman Barney Frank will be awarded the American Humanist Association's "Humanist of the Year" award for 2014. The waves stem from the fact that Congressman Frank came out as an atheist last August, well after he...

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