Take Action: Speak Out on “Conscience Clauses”

The other day, I got this action alert from FFRF that I thought was worth passing along: As you may know, on August 1st, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services jointly announced new guidelines for access to preventative care. The new regulations greatly expand access to preventative care under the new health care act, particularly for women. One of the most significant changes is the provision that all FDA-approved contraceptives … [Read more...]

Help the Filipino Freethinkers

I'm no PZ Myers, but I've been known to crash a poll now and then. And today, you can do it for a good cause: helping the Filipino Freethinkers win the Globe Tatt Award, which recognizes innovative use of social media and comes with a cash prize. Here's the e-mail I got from FF member Jeiel Aranal: The Filipino Freethinkers is currently in the running for two categories in the Globe Tatt Awards, a local social media award. The prizes we could win in the awards would go a long way in helping us … [Read more...]

Take Action: Tell Montreal Police to Investigate Threats Against Atheists

If you've been around the atheist blogosphere for very long, you're probably acquainted with Dennis Markuze, a notorious net kook who's been spamming atheist blogs, forums, bulletin boards, wikis, social networking sites, and every other website he finds out about with insane, nonsensical rants about Nostradamus, 9/11 and his various other obsessions. He's been at this literally for decades, and apparently has a limitless supply of time and sockpuppet accounts with which to do it. (However … [Read more...]

Atheist Action Items

• We've all been following the news about the massive earthquake and tsunami that's devastated Japan, and I won't waste your time rehashing the details. Help on an international scale is urgently needed, and the Foundation Beyond Belief has stepped in and is raising funds for the Japanese Red Cross. They've already collected almost $10,000, but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed. Visit their ChipIn page and contribute if you can. • On another note, my good … [Read more...]

Help Bring Freethought to Prisoners

The United States of America is the prison capital of the world, incarcerating far more people than any other nation (including China, which has over four times our population and is a repressive dictatorship). And most atheists already know that Christian proselytizing is rampant in prisons, with programs that both skirt the Constitution and blatantly trespass on it. Given these facts, it makes sense for the atheist movement to care about what happens behind prison walls. Although atheists are … [Read more...]

An Appeal for Haiti

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled flame war for this important announcement. As everyone has no doubt heard, Haiti was hit by a colossal earthquake last night; the city of Port-au-Prince is in ruins, and tens of thousands of people may be dead. If you're able to help, please consider making a donation to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. And if simple human compassion doesn't move you, consider it doing it to spite that wicked, heartless old fraud Pat Robertson, who said that … [Read more...]

Take Action: Help Free Kareem Amer

Since I wrote about the Center for Inquiry's Blasphemy Day last week, this is a fitting followup. By participating in events like those, we demonstrate our commitment to defending the right of free speech. But we can also show that commitment in a more tangible way: by taking action on behalf of the prisoners of conscience around the world who've been imprisoned and punished for exercising that right. In this case, I'm speaking of Kareem Amer, an Egyptian blogger and law student who in 2007 was … [Read more...]

Take Action: Defend Marriage Equality in Maine

The last few months have been a rollercoaster ride for advocates of marriage equality in the United States. There was the bitter disappointment of Prop 8 passing in California in the 2008 elections, but soon after, it was assuaged in part by victories for marriage equality in Iowa and Vermont. Soon thereafter, Maine and New Hampshire joined the ranks of the states that offer full civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. The momentum is unquestionably on our side. Every poll ever conducted has … [Read more...]

Take Action: Tell Obama to Prosecute Bush's Torturers

Under pressure from the ACLU, the Obama administration has finally released a set of four Bush-era memos from the White House Office of Legal Counsel. Written by assistant attorney general Jay Bybee and acting assistant attorney general Steven Bradbury, these memos detailed the torture techniques which the Bush administration believed could be used on captured terrorists and terror suspects. These techniques included "walling" (slamming a prisoner into a wall by swinging them from a collar … [Read more...]

Atheist Action Items

If we're going to create a world more friendly to reason, we need to raise our voices and speak out for the atheist viewpoint. This week, there are several ways in which you can help: • Two Texas state legislators have been courageously fighting back against creationism by proposing legislation to increase oversight and disclosure of the creationist-dominated State Board of Education. Take a moment to sign this petition and thank them. • The city of Ottawa has rejected the … [Read more...]


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