Egyptian Atheist Alber Saber Convicted and Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Blasphemy

Egypt has struck a major blow to the fundamental human right to freedom of expression, and unjustly stripped an innocent man of his freedom, as Alber Saber, the 27-year-old atheist activist and blogger, was convicted today of blasphemy and sentenced to three years in prison. [Read more...]

Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ as an Animated Short

Found at io9, here’s a lovely kinetic-text-style animated interpretation of Carl Sagan‘s beautiful monologue from Pale Blue Dot: [Read more...]

Susan Jacoby Resurrects the Legacy of Robert Ingersoll

In the cover story for the latest American Scholar, Susan Jacoby pens a truly enlightening look back at the impact of “the Great Agnostic” Robert Green Ingersoll, leading light of what she calls “the golden age of freethought.” [Read more...]

Christianist Bobby Jindal’s Weak Prescription for GOP Success

Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal has been in the mix of probable GOP presidential contenders for what seems like ages now. A lot of that talk was muted after his bizarre and creepy response to the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress. You remember. The walk. The voice. The eyes.¬†Anyway, he passed 2012 by without so much as a blip on most people’s radar. [Read more...]

Are You High, Science?

So says¬†W. Kamau Bell in this Actually.org video, in which he finds tongue-in-cheek common cause with Mitt Romney‘s ever-evolving positions on science issues (earning Bell the Quote of the Day at my CFI blog, The Morning Heresy). It seems like he feels very liberated: [Read more...]


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