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Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives


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By Daniel Horowitz and Ruth Mitchell
WHAT'$ WRONG WITH FAITH-BASED FUNDING Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives Daniel Horowitz and Ruth Mitchell The following article was developed as a position paper by the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C., and released on February 6, 2009. The reviewers were Paul...

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Light


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By Felicia Nimue Ackerman
POEM Light Felicia Nimue Ackerman My sweet-sixteen dress was yellow as the daffodils In the seamstress’s cramped but spotless living room, Yellow as the lemon bars she made each Christmas For the neighborhood children. Mrs. Mueller lived at the end of our block In a little stone cottage near a...

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Protestant Diploma Mills


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By Alan Contreras
FAITH AND REASON Protestant Diploma Mills Alan Contreras In the eighteen years that I have worked in higher education, including ten years as an academic program evaluator, I have never encountered a Catholic diploma mill. Well, I do know of one literally Byzantine entity in Minnesota, but broadly speaking, all...

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On the Bicentennial of the Death of Thomas Paine, June 8, 1809


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By Kenneth W. Burchell
GREAT MINDS On the Bicentennial of the Death of Thomas Paine, June 8, 1809 Kenneth W. Burchell Thomas Paine’s story is the story of America. To understand what happened to the revolutionary experiment that began at Lexington and Concord with the 1775 “shot heard round the world”—to understand how we...

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Church-State Update, Vol. 29, No. 4


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By Edd Doerr
Church-State Update Edd Doerr   Voucher Plan Dies On March 10, the U.S. Senate defeated a Republican effort to continue the District of Columbia’s controversial school voucher plan. This is a victory for church-state separation, religious liberty, and public education. In taking this action, the Democratic-controlled Congress was very much...

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2009

Why Evolution Is True


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LEADING QUESTIONS Why Evolution Is True A conversation with Jerry A. Coyne Jerry A. Coyne has been a professor at the University of Chicago in the department of ecology and evolution for twenty years. He specializes in evolutionary genetics and works predominantly on the origin of new species. He is...

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Letters, Vol. 29, No. 4


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LETTERS   Moral Integrity for Humanists In my editorial “Personal Morality” in the April/May 2009 issue of Free Inquiry, I deplored the lack of moral integrity of many unbelievers. I asked for input from anyone who would like to be involved in a research project on developing secular ethical wisdom....

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How to Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming


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By Christian Wright
OP-ED How to Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming Christian Wright By now, the majority of you are familiar with the blasphemous theory known as “anthropogenic global warming” (AGW) which is fancy talk for claiming that man* is responsible for changes in Earth’s climate. If you are a proper Christian, you are...

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2009

2009 Templeton Award Goes for Proving ... Um, What?


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By Derek C. Araujo
OP-ED 2009 Templeton Award Goes for Proving ... Um, What? Derek C. Araujo The Templeton Foundation recently announced the recipient of the 2009 Templeton Prize, a £1 million ($1.4 million) award founded by the late U.S. multimillionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Sir John Templeton to honor scientists who make “an exceptional...

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2009

Trust Us


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By Wendy Kaminer
OP-ED ‘Trust Us’ Wendy Kaminer Secularists had reason to be disappointed but not terribly surprised by President Barack Obama’s Bush-lite approach to government funding of sectarian religious groups. In establishing his own White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (the subject of this issue’s cover feature), Obama let stand...

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