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Frontlines, Vol. 20, No. 2


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By Tom Flynn
FRONTLINES   Marital-Type Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Tom Flynn In a sweeping decision, Vermont's Supreme Court has ruled that the state cannot deny marital-style legal benefits to same-sex couples. Chief Justice Jeffrey L. Amestoy's decision invalidates Vermont's marriage statutes, and directs the state legislature either to amend them or to...

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God at Work


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By Christopher Hitchens
God at Workby Christopher HitchensThe following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 20, Number 2.In arguments over prayer in school, I used to take the line of "Why stop there?" There are so many other locations where a moment of spiritual reflection might be mandated. Prayer in the stock...

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Jesus and thePoliticians


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By Wendy Kaminer
Jesus and thePoliticiansby Wendy KaminerThe following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 20, Number 2.Now that almost all the presidential candidates have declared their allegiance to Christ, reporters and pundits have finally noticed that religiosity, not secularism, is in vogue. A democratic operative announces that "the Democratic Party is...

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On Entering the Third Decade: Personal Reminiscences


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By Paul Kurtz
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Free Inquiry magazine and its sponsoring organization, the Council for Secular Humanism.

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Jan
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Why Getting It Right Matters


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 20 issue 1
By Danniel C. Dennett
Why Getting It Right Matters Daniel C. Dennett Here is a story you probably haven’t heard, about how a team of American researchers inadvertently introduced a virus into a third-world country they were studying. They were experts in their field, and they had the best intentions; they thought they were...

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Are the Media Killing Democracy?


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By Robert W. McChesney
Are The Media Killing Democracy? Robert W. McChesney Our era rests upon a massive paradox. On the one hand, it is an age of dazzling breakthroughs in communication and information technologies. Communication is so intertwined with the economy and culture that our times have been dubbed the Information Age. Sitting...

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God, Guns, and the Religious Right


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God, Guns, and the Religious Right An Interview with Cynthia Tucker Cynthia Tucker is a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has written on religion, reproductive rights, gun control, the religious Right, church-state separation, and many other issues. Free Inquiry interviewed Ms. Tucker to...

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Beyond All Reason


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By Robert B. Tapp
Beyond All Reason Robert B. Tapp At the outset, let me state my conclusion: nothing. Many things can and do come before reason, and after it, and even alongside it, but nothing can or should replace it when rationalists describe their ongoing criterion of action and reflection. Not only within...

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The Promise of Manifesto 2000


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By Paul Kurtz
EDITORIAL The Promise of Manifesto 2000 Paul Kurtz Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism, published in Free Inquiry (Fall 1999), is unique in that it advocates a new global ethic based on scientific naturalism, not on ancient religious pieties. Humanist Manifesto 2000 emphasizes that we are...

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Weirding Out on Creationism


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By Katha Pollitt
OP-ED Weirding Out on Creationism Katha Pollitt My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life. Let the “secular humanists” have all the good colleges and get all the good...

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