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Secular Policy Institute SPI Newsletter
January 28, 2016
Edwina Rogers
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We all sort of knew it, but it's still big news when a US presidential candidate comes out as nonreligious. Will hatred or tolerance prevail?

Find a delightful secular statistic in Iceland, but in Uganda, a Humanist woman gets cursed for giving birth to twins. We must help.

Jordan brings you the numbers of bigotry towards Muslims, and uses it to analyze bigotry towards atheists.

An SPI fellow obtains and interprets Islamic State's secret "Master Plan". And meet the SPI coalition members who make secular movies.

They include one that replaces Santa with zombies. That's got to be good, right?

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Policy: Cursed for Giving Birth to Twins

Johnny Monsarrat
In this week's politics review, a major US election candidate comes out as spiritual, but nonreligious.

Find a shocking statistic on creationists in Iceland, and in Uganda, a Humanist woman was cursed just for birthing twins.

Numbers: Bigotry as a Yardstick

Jordan Auburn
Bigotry against Muslims has become a key political issue in the developed world.

This week Jordan uses it to measure and understand bigotry against atheists.

Fellows: War, Business, and the Business of War

Johnny Monsarrat
SPI fellows apply evolution to economics, critical thinking to national security, and interpret Islamic State's secret business plan.

And attend a speech in Washington DC on group evolution.

Coalition: Groups with Secular Movies

Johnny Monsarrat
This week find coalition members who promote movies, like Holidazed, where Xmas brings zombies, not Santa.

Other groups have built video libraries that teach critical thinking and skeptical Islam.

Feminism vs. Faith in Bolivia

One activist speaks out on Bolivia's religious freedom to indigenous people who know only Catholicism.

Can those be deemed "traditional beliefs" worthy of an exception? Or is it just state sanctioned homophobia?

World Secular Calendar

  • SPI International Call on the Secular Movement, February 4.
  • Freethinkers Day/Thomas Paine Day, January 29, global
  • Freethought Cruise: Florida to Bahamas, February 5-8
  • Darwin on the Palouse, February 6, Idaho/Washington, USA
  • Secular Summit (Ohio), Feb 10, Ohio, USA
  • Darwin Day, February 12, celebrated by groups worldwide

It's all on the SPI World Secular Calendar.

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