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Ronald A. Lindsay

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Ronald A. Lindsay is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Both his admirers and his detractors agree that his abilities as a philosopher match his skills as a lawyer. Among other works, he is the author of Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas (Prometheus 2008) and the entry on “Euthanasia” for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley Blackwell 2013). His next book, The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do, will be published by Pitchstone Publishing, with a release date of November 2014.

Women in Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2011

Are men over-represented at humanist, atheist, and skeptic conferences and in the leadership of humanist, atheist, and skeptic organizations? Does the work of female writers and scholars tend to be overlooked? Does our movement need to become more diverse? Should we give careful consideration to the relationship between feminism and secularism?

Proposed Circumcision Ban Fails To Reach Ballot

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 29, 2011

California Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi has removed a proposed ban on male circumcision in San Francisco from the city’s November ballot.  She based her ruling on two grounds: the likely conflict between the proposed law and the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and the certain preemption of the local ordinance by state law, which has exclusive authority to regulate medical procedures.

Rick Perry Is a Lying Demagogue

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 18, 2011
Rick Perry Is a Lying Demagogue

Rick Perry is a lying demagogue who is contemptuous of the First Amendment and whose god is a monster. 

What Does It Mean To Say Muhammad Existed?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 14, 2011
What Does It Mean To Say Muhammad Existed?

Agamemnon. Robin Hood. Jesus. Muhammad. Many stories are told about individuals with these names. Did any of these individuals actually exist?  To answer that question, we must first address some logically prior ones:  What does it mean to assert that an individual existed?  Are there certain key statements about a person which must be true before we can conclude the claim of existence has been confirmed?

What the Catholic Church Wants

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 27, 2011

At times, the Catholic Church resembles a hulking, maladroit dinosaur. But give it some credit. It knows when its vital interests are at stake. This explains its determined opposition to same-sex marriage and assisted dying, as well as its notorious obsession with forcing women to bear children. The Church will do all it can to preserve its authority, and in doing so it focuses on the most critical decisions we make during our lives. Control: that’s what the Church wants and needs.

Thanks, Derek

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 12, 2011

As Derek Araujo stated in his post a few days ago, he is resigning his position at CFI to pursue graduate studies in physics.  Let’s see . . . with his existing law degree from Harvard and now an upcoming PhD in physics from Columbia, this means Derek will become Master of the Universe in about four years time.  The good news is that it seems he will be a benign Overlord, and will treat us lesser beings kindly. 

 

Much Ado About Foreskins

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 9, 2011
Much Ado About Foreskins

On the ballot in San Francisco this November will be a proposal to make it a criminal offense to perform a circumcision on a male under the age of 18. Should secular individuals — who obviously have no religious motivation to carry out such a procedure — support the ban? No. The proposed ban is a singularly bad idea.

The Legacy of Jack Kevorkian

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 7, 2011
The Legacy of Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died Friday. To say that Kevorkian was a controversial figure would be an understatement. Controversy was what he sought, and he was not disappointed.

Blame It on the ‘60s

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 18, 2011
The Catholic Church says permissive culture contributed to priests' abuse of minors

Think Only a Few Fools Believe in the Rapture? Think Again.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 3, 2011
It might not happen on May 21, but it will happen

Atheism, Humanism, and “Interfaith” Coalitions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 25, 2011
Atheism, Humanism, and “Interfaith” Coalitions
Nonbelievers should be very hesitant about embracing the term "faith"

Three Dimensions of Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 21, 2011
Three Dimensions of Morality
In what ways is humanist ethics superior to religious ethics?

Outsourcing Justice

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2011
Outsourcing Justice
The decision to try the 9/11 conspirators in Cuba

Blasphemy in Pakistan, Blasphemy Here

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 30, 2011
Blasphemy in Pakistan, Blasphemy Here
Events in Pakistan remind us of the importance of the right to blaspheme

Should We Care Whether Others Believe in God?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 24, 2011
Should We Care Whether Others Believe in God?
A discussion of the extent to which religious belief is important

Something to Fear?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 21, 2011
Two recent studies discuss susceptibility to fear and religious belief

Basketball, Sex, and Honor Codes

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 18, 2011
Comments on BYU's understanding of "honor"

You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 1, 2011
You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.
Millions of people have rewarding, fulfilling lives without religion

Of Guns and Fetuses

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 28, 2011
Of Guns and Fetuses
These perennial obsessions of the Religious Right are assuming prominence once again

Law Review

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 22, 2011
Law Review
A few remarks on Stephen Law's new book on humanism

The Republicans and Social Conservatives: Is This Marriage Still Strong?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 14, 2011
The Republicans and Social Conservatives: Is This Marriage Still Strong?
Whether the call for "limited government" will affect the agenda of social conservatives

To Walmart: Stop Lying to Your Customers

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 1, 2011
To Walmart: Stop Lying to Your Customers
Why Walmart should stop marketing homeopathic products as flu remedies

Christian Silliness

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 14, 2011
Christian Silliness
In Florida, a state senator wants "Merry Christmas" to be the official greeting for December 25

The Murders in Arizona and Pakistan

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 9, 2011
Reflections on political assassination and freedom of expression

The Persistence of Rubbish

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 30, 2010
The Persistence of Rubbish
A Wall Street Journal column provides a reminder of the durability of religious mythology

Should Atheists Ground Santa?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 22, 2010
Should Atheists Ground Santa?
Disputes among the nonreligious about the harm caused by the Santa fantasy

Unsought Christmas Combat

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 16, 2010
Unsought Christmas Combat
Christians don't need to appropriate the courthouse to celebrate Christmas

Two Travesties

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 10, 2010
Two Travesties
Justifying censorship in China and the United States

Cassocks and Condoms

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 24, 2010
Cassocks and Condoms
Observations on the work of theologians

The Triumph of Law

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 17, 2010
The Triumph of Law
Stephen Law debates Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga

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