“I’m Not a Scientist” Is a Dangerous Cop-Out
Nov 11, 2014 · 121 

By David Shiffman

Lobbying sways NIH grants
Nov 10, 2014 · 2 

By Sara Reardon

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the “National Interest”?
Nov 3, 2014

Photograph by James Leynse, Corbis By Eli Kintisch The glass-and-concrete headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, normally hosts scientists who decide the fate of fellow researchers’ grant proposals. But in a nondescript spare office on the 12th floor, new players have set up shop: congressional aides reviewing the merits of scientific studies conducted with …

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the “National Interest”?
Nov 3, 2014 · 20 

Photograph by James Leynse, Corbis By Eli Kintisch The glass-and-concrete headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, normally hosts scientists who decide the fate of fellow researchers’ grant proposals. But in a nondescript spare office on the 12th floor, new players have set up shop: congressional aides reviewing the merits of scientific studies conducted with …

Islamist Party in Tunisia Concedes to Secularists
Oct 30, 2014 · 5 

Credit Mohamed Messara/European Pressphoto Agency By Carlotta Gall The secular Nidaa Tounes party won the largest number of seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections on Monday, defeating its main rival, the Islamist party Ennahda, which just three years ago swept to power as the North African nation celebrated the fall of its longtime dictator in the Arab Spring revolution. …

Alaska Town Affirms Right Of Satanists And Atheists To Offer Invocations At Council Meetings
Oct 14, 2014 · 13 

CREDIT: AP By Jack Jenkins A small Alaska town has become the latest flashpoint in America’s ongoing debate over the definition of religious freedom, with a city assembly struggling to discern who gets to be included in efforts to expand “religious liberty.” On Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly of Ketchikan, Alaska, voted to approve an ordinance that allows their …

Battle between NSF and House science committee escalates: How did it get this bad?
Oct 7, 2014 · 13 

Image credit: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology By Jeffrey Mervis Four times this past summer, in a spare room on the top floor of the headquarters of the National Science Foundation (NSF) outside of Washington, D.C., two congressional staffers spent hours poring over material relating to 20 research projects that NSF has funded …

“Under God” Is Not All that Needs to Change About the Pledge
Sep 26, 2014 · 20 

By Herb Silverman Here’s a confession from an atheist: I would not want school children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily if the words “under God” were removed. Why? Because those two controversial words at least motivate some people to examine the Pledge and reflect on what it represents. My atheist friends should not …

Allegheny County Council rejects ‘In God We Trust’ motion
Sep 16, 2014 · 5 

By Kaitlynn Riely The phrase ‘‘In God We Trust’’ will not be displayed within the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown. Members of county council voted down the proposal Tuesday night, with some members saying they believed church must be kept separate from state. “Whenever we start mixing them, there’s going to be some problems,” said councilman …

Air Force stands alone in requiring atheists to say ‘so help me God’
Sep 16, 2014 · 11 

By Stephen Losey An atheist airman who must take a reenlistment oath concluding “so help me God” or end his Air Force career would have better luck enlisting in the Army, Navy or Marine Corps, which allow soldiers, sailors and Marines to omit the phrase. Air Force officials have said “so help me God” is …

Students “Knit Bricks” to Protest Hobby Lobby Decision
Sep 11, 2014 · 2 

[cbc_video id=”39668″ volume=”30″ width=”640″ aspect_ratio=”16×9″ autoplay=”0″ controls=”1″]   By News2Share The Secular Coalition for America is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to protect and strengthen the secular character of government. On Tuesday, September 9, they staged a march at the Supreme Court protesting the recent Hobby Lobby decision. This refers to the ruling …

Have You Talked with Your Kids About Pledging Allegiance?
Sep 9, 2014 · 33 

By Dave Niose   Are you a bad American if you refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Are you a bad parent if you encourage your child to opt out of the Pledge in school? Not at all. In fact, sitting out the Pledge of Allegiance, and encouraging your children to do so as well, can …