CFI Office of Public Policy

On Tuesday, November 14, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) will hold an event at the National Press Club entitled “Science and Secularism: Defending America’s True Values.” This will be the inaugural event for the Office of Public Policy (OPP). So far, the OPP already has three employees and is trying to raise nearly $1,000,000 for startup costs for the first three years. According to an email from CFI, the Office of Public Policy will focus on two issues: 1. Defending… Read more

Sam Harris and Jainism

The Sepia Mutiny, a blog for Indian people, made mention of Sam Harris’ endorsement (but not support) of Jainism as a more peaceful religion. They forget to mention he made the same “endorsement” in The End of Faith. But it is interesting to see Indians, often religious and certainly not the target audience for Harris’ book, respond to his take on Jainism. [tags]Sepia Mutiny, Jainism, atheist, Sam Harris, The End of Faith[/tags] Read more

Andrew Marin

Last week I posted a link to a story about Andrew Marin, a man who was reaching out to the LGBT community as a gay-friendly pastor, but was also leading anti-gay activist training sessions at the same time. The original Chicago Reader story on him is here. The story of the conflicting interests is here. Marin responded to this post with the following: Hello, I just saw this blog and figured I’d pop in and give my 2 cents worth…whatever… Read more

Philip Paulson

Philip Paulson passed away yesterday. Liver cancer. It wasn’t unexpected– he had known there wasn’t much time left– but it is still upsetting. He had fought for many years to remove the Mount Soledad cross from public property in San Diego. This year, President Bush transferred ownership of the cross to the Department of Defense in response to Paulson’s An article on Paulson can be found here. [tags]Philip Paulson, Mount Soledad, atheist, President Bush, Department of Defense[/tags] Read more

The “New” Atheists vs. The “Old” Atheists

As I mentioned before, Wired magazine has an article on The New Atheists. It’s getting a lot of circulation and the article itself raises an interesting question: How are the “new” atheists different from the “old” atheists? I don’t mention Daniel Dennett very often since I haven’t read his book Breaking the Spell yet, but a few possible answers to the question are below: 1) Age When asked about the difference between old and new atheists, someone commenting on Fark.com… Read more

More Randomness

I’ll be back to normal posts soon, but just wanted to clear a slight backlog: — Can someone please explain why contestants on “Deal or No Deal” actually think that case #[whatever] is the lucky one? Because they know it’s right? Because a voice is telling them to do it? Because they feel that it’s the lucky case? Someone tell me there’s not a connection to religion there. And does anyone else also feel *really* good when the contestant picks… Read more

CJOB’s GodTalk, Part 2

For those who would like to hear the interview from last night, going here is the best way to hear it. Otherwise, you can subscribe to GodTalk on iTunes and hear the podcast. [tags]GodTalk, CJOB, Winnepeg, Manitoba, eBay atheist, Jim Henderson, Christian, Hemant Mehta[/tags] Read more

Randomness

A couple interesting links: — A gay-friendly pastor, Andrew Marin, promised to build bridges between evangelicals and the LGBT community. Many groups put their trust in his message. Turns out that at the same time, he was leading training sessions for anti-gay groups and saying on Christian radio that homosexuality was a sin. There’s a conflict of interest if ever there was one… — A new Bible just cuts out all those confusing, controversial passages. According to this article, …those… Read more

CJOB’s GodTalk

Tonight (Sunday night) at 8:30 CST, Jim Henderson and I will be guests on GodTalk, a Canadian radio show. If you’d like to call in to the live show and ask questions, the information to do so can be found here. You can also listen live by going here. If you can’t make it, I’ll post information on how to listen to the show afterwards. Any feedback is always appreciated. :) [tags]CJOB, GodTalk, Jim Henderson, Hemant Mehta, atheist, Christian, eBay… Read more

Willow Creek

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by some people associated with Willow Creek Community Church. (Willow Creek is the most influential mega-church in the country, according to The Church Report.) (more…) Read more

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