If You Promote a Story That Turns Out to Be False, Don’t You Have an Obligation to Correct It?

In August 2013, almost two years ago, I wrote about a discouraging story in which skeptic Karen Stollznow wrote about years of harassment by a colleague, later alleged to be CFI's Benjamin Radford. Seven months later, in March 2014, I wrote an update when I heard that Radford was threatening to sue for libel and Stollznow was seeking help to put together a legal defense fund.That was the last I heard about this... until Wednesday of last week, when I got an e-mail from a friend alerting me … [Read more...]

Support CFI’s Freethought Rescue Project

In light of the continuing murders of atheists in Bangladesh and the apathy of the Bangladeshi government, the Center for Inquiry has launched a very worthy project: a Freethought Rescue Fund to bring threatened activists to the U.S. or other secular-friendly countries and help them live here in safety. (At least one of the murdered bloggers, Ananta Bijoy Das, had sought a visa to Sweden but was refused.)As CFI announced this week, they've already helped bring over the Bangladeshi author and … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Post-Scarcity Economy

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Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IDagny's next stop in the valley brings her to a familiar face:It was not a pass, it was a wall of laminated rock with a complex chain of pipes, pumps and valves climbing like a vine up its narrow ledges, but it bore, on its crest, a huge wooden sign...: Wyatt Oil.It was oil that ran in a glittering curve from the mouth of a pipe into a tank at the foot of the wall, as the only confession of the tremendous secret struggle inside the stone, as the … [Read more...]

Popular Delusions: Electrosensitivity

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It's a fact that allergies are becoming a bigger and bigger problem in Western society. An ever-widening array of foods - milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish - have become dangerous to many people, sometimes life-threateningly so. Even traditional societies that adopt a Western lifestyle start to develop allergies along the same pattern. It's unknown what's causing this, although one explanation is the "hygiene hypothesis": children who grow up in contact with nature are exposed to a greater variety … [Read more...]

Marital Rape in the Bible

The newest Christian site making the rounds on atheist Twitter is Biblical Gender Roles. The author says only that he's a white man and a conservative Christian (so of course he's qualified to tell everyone else how they should conduct themselves in accordance with his archaic notion of gender roles). Today I wanted to focus on one of his recent posts, which is exactly as awful as you'd expect given the title: "Is a husband selfish for having sex with his wife when she is not the mood?"In … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: May 31

• Rabbis in a British branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism forbid women from driving - and threaten to expel their children from school if they're caught violating the ban.• The horrific news keeps coming out of Bangladesh, as Islamists circulate a hit list of secular writers whom they want to kill.• "As the country becomes less religious, it is also becoming more socially liberal."• The number-two Vatican official says that Ireland's legalization of same-sex marriage … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Sonic Highways

I just saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and I'm still a little breathless - best movie of the year so far, Charlize Theron was fantastic, and I see why it made internet misogynists so upset. Plus it had a postapocalyptic gang of gun-toting biker grannies; you can't beat that.Foo Fighters are a good fit for my mood tonight. Here's one from their excellent latest album, Sonic Highways: … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Natural Capital

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Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IIn spite of Ayn Rand's professed hatred for nature, we've already seen that Galt's Gulch is a place of improbable natural beauty. This section further emphasizes that, as John Galt and Dagny continue their tour:A stretch of violent turquoise blue split the cliffs ahead, ending the road; it took her a second to realize that it was a lake. The motionless water seemed to condense the blue of the sky and the green of the pine-covered mountains into so … [Read more...]

The Hidden Garden of Ex-Muslim Atheists

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While I don't believe there's anything like a law that good and evil have to be in balance, the headlines of the past few months seem to give that impression. Even as the countries of the West shed their theocratic past and progresses toward a brighter and more secular future, there's never been a blacker time to be a freethinker in the Muslim world.ISIS continues its rampage through Iraq and Syria, imposing theocracy through slaughter and erasing the cultural patrimony of the human race. … [Read more...]

Ireland Says Yes to Equality

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Last week, Ireland held a referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, and the good guys won a landslide victory:Some 62% of the Irish Republic's electorate voted in favour of gay marriage. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops. The huge Yes vote marks another milestone in Ireland's journey towards a more liberal, secular society.Ireland isn't the first country to enact marriage equality, … [Read more...]


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