Bill Nye Discusses Changing the World with Science

At the Center For Inquiry Summit in 2013, Bill Nye spoke about changing the world with science.

His lecture is now online. Which is great, since you don’t have any other plans for Sunday morning.

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Foundation Dedicated to Free Speech Created in Honor of Jailed Blogger Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger who is currently facing 1000 lashes, 10 years in jail, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000), all because be began a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. He was charged with apostasy.

On Friday, his wife Ensaf Haidar announced the formation of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an organization promoting freedom of expression worldwide and supporting journalists in the Arab world:

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Texas Elementary School Teacher with Cross in Classroom Told Students About the Lord’s Perfection

At Benavides Elementary School in Brownsville, Texas, it looks like proselytizing is part of one teacher’s curriculum.

According to a letter sent to District officials by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a third grade teacher doesn’t seem to know what the boundaries are when it comes to her faith.

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Christian Transit Employee Who Refused to Drive Rainbow-Colored Bus Fired for Lying to the Press

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about a Calgary bus driver who said he’d rather lose his job that drive a bus with rainbow colors on it (in honor of the annual Calgary Pride Festival).

That driver, Jesse Rau, is a Christian who says he doesn’t support homosexuality.

Well, he won’t have to make that decision now because it’s already been made for him.

Rau was fired on Thursday. Not because of his bigotry, but because he’s a lying liar:

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Religion, Politics, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of the “Likely Voter”

Listening to the political circus unfolding today, you hear frequent allusions to God/faith/religion/fairy tales on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter that faith ought to be divorced from political action; candidates throughout history have made it a point to pander to the believers. It’s seen as a function of electability. It’s been about appealing to the “likely voter.”

What is a “likely voter” in U.S. polling? That depends on what poll you’re looking at. A company like Gallup attempts to ascertain whether an individual is likely to vote based on voter registration and a series of questions about political awareness and engagement. Others rely on voter registration alone. Still others look at only those who were willing to vote in the past or rely on trends in terms of voter turnout according to demographics.

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