Blasphemy: A Victimless Crime or a Crime in Search of a Victim?
“The issue driving the government’s motivation to keep the blasphemy law was the holy book of a specific eligion and its prophet, not holy books and prophets in general.”
Religious Freedom and Blasphemy Law in a Global Context: The Concept of Religious Defamation
“In one severe abuse of freedom of religion, religious freedom has been amalgamated with political strategies or policies of protecting the reputation of religions against defamation.”
The Catholic Church’s ‘Woman Priest’ Question: Thomas Aquinas and Giving Every Woman Her Due
“To understand the real reason behind the Catholic Church’s ban on women priests, one must examine the Aristotelian and Thomistic foundation of Catholic dogma.”
The Big Bang Enabled Evolution
“Evolution should occur on planets with mild temperatures such as we have on our planet Earth, with no need whatever for intervention by a divinity.”
Calling All Wimpy Activists
“If we want our dreams for a better world to come true, we have to recognize the significance of reducing human numbers.”
The Visions of Julian of Norwich
“There is nothing to suggest that Julian’s visions are anything more than imaginative meditations. They contain mostly the dogmas and iconography of the period.”
One Smartphone, 100 Million Users, and Privatizing Faith
“Corporate CEOs are the new clergy; social media, the new church.”
“Yuval Noah Harari … has presented an extreme and factually untethered critique of humanism.”
The Hadza: A People without Religion
“For all we know, lots of Ice Age hunter-gatherers were not religious. The problem is that there’s no way to tell.”
Springtime for Bullies
“We think of bullying as something children and adolescents do to each other, but really it’s pervasive.”
“1517 is usually taken as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and this year is its five hundredth anniversary.”
Conservatism and Calamity: From Plato to Bannon
“Conservatives yearn for the fixed, unchanging order that belongs to God or nature, but their actions often precipitate radical disruptions.”
God and Men Behaving Badly
“UNFPA reduces worldwide maternal mortality.”“More countries, including all of America’s traditional allies, contribute to UNFPA than to almost any other United Nations humanitarian agency.”
A sense of purpose is available to all, no faith required.
Saving Speaker Ryan… and Unshackling the Bern
“The Democratic Party establishment is not innocent when it comes to prejudice against atheists.”
CFI Helps Welcome UN Special Rapporteur
In his capacity as chair of the United Nations (UN) NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Michael De Dora, the Center for Inquiry’s Director of Public Policy, recently helped to coordinate a special visit to Washington, D.C., by Ahmed Shaheed, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief.
Letters in response to Free Inquiry Vol. 37, No. 3.
Planetary Suicide in Slow Motion
“Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so large that it is visible from space, is dying.”
The Wickedest Man in San Francisco: Ambrose Bierce and Cynicism’s Battling Prime
Ambrose Bierce, the compleat cynic whose insights sear even as they sparkle.
The Devil’s Dictionary
“Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”
Bogus Heartbeat Bill Logic
“Equating a human life with a heartbeat is emotionally powerful but objectively false.”
Jesus Is a Myth: A Rebuttal to Bill Cooke
“To imply that the supernatural and clearly nonexistent character known to us as Jesus, the son of God, was based on a real person named “Yeshua” reeks of desperation.”
Ernestine Rose: Nineteenth-Century Freethought Firebrand
Review of The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer, by Bonnie S. Anderson
A Powerful Account of Leaving Faith
Review of Star Map: A Journey of Faith, Doubt, and Meaning, by Lewis Vaughn
Leaving Religion—for ‘Religion’
Review of Why I Left / Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo.
Poem: Outside the House of Learning / I said to Sol: / what does it mean