Secular Policy Institute SPI Newsletter
January 22, 2016
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If I want to avoid a traffic ticket, can I claim religious freedom? We bring you the news and the numbers on God and morality.

What did a US presidential candidate say to a skeptical atheist? Should religion in Kenya be allowed to take money for miracles?

Meet the wife of Kurdistan's former prime minister, an SPI Fellow, and see what our how our coalition is teaching secularism with water fights in the UK. And in Uganda, a skeptic school needs your help for washrooms for kids.

It's your weekly news from the Secular Policy Institute.

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Policy: Can Religion Get You Out of a Traffic Ticket?

Johnny Monsarrat
In this week's policy guide, politicians boast about faith, but some stumble. Is Middle East conflict a Sunni-Shia war?

Is religious freedom a get out of jail ticket for anything? And are all religions the same?

Numbers: Is God Necessary to Be Moral?

Jordan Auburn
Why do politicians compete over faith? What makes voters say that too much is never enough?

Jordan gives the numbers in this week's original anaylsis.

Fellows: Their Organizations in Kurdistan and Florida

Johnny Monsarrat
All of the SPI fellows are academic leaders, and some are organizational leaders, too.

This week meet the foremost botanist of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Coalition: Members Who Teach Kids

Johnny Monsarrat
Several members of the SPI coalition work with kids. In the US they bring secular values into parent-teacher groups.

In the UK they hold water fights and in Uganda they need new washrooms.

Church and State Trouble in Kenya

Kenya wants to weed out religions that trade money for miracles.

But when government adjudicates religious reality and fraud, where does it lead?

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, 2016, Ohio, USA

It's all on the SPI World Secular Calendar.

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