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Podcast Ep. 93: Robyn Blumner, CEO of the Center For Inquiry

February 7, 2016

Our latest podcast guest is Robyn Blumner, the newly appointed CEO of the Center For Inquiry.SC_BlumnerRobyn spent 16 years as a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial writer at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper, where she wrote a lot about civil liberties, church/state separation, and free speech issues. In 2012, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize along with the rest of her editorial team.Before she was writing professionally, she headed up ACLU affiliates in Florida and Utah. She entered the world of organized atheism, if you will, in 2014, when she was tapped to run the Richard Dawkins Foundation. Recently, RDF announced a merger with the Center For Inquiry, and Robyn will run the merged organization.I spoke with Robyn about her experience coming out as an atheist publicly long before it became commonplace, how the CFI/RDF merger took shape, and -- yes -- Richard Dawkins' tweets.
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Professor Who Said Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God Parts Ways with Wheaton College

February 7, 2016

Wheaton College officials have finally apologized to a professor after being mired in a controversy of their own creation.It all began in December when Professor Larycia Hawkins wore a hijab (and posted a picture on Facebook) in solidarity with Muslim women, adding that Muslims and Christians believed in the same God. Wheaton officials said that statement -- not the wearing of the hijab, they seemed to say through clenched teeth -- potentially violated the evangelical Christian school's Statement of Faith.On Saturday, the schools president Philip Ryken announced that the school had reconciled with Hawkins, though she had decided she would no longer be working there.TpupdZC
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