NCPE Opposes Private School Vouchers Dear Chairman Kline and Ranking Member Scott:The 56 undersigned organizations submit this letter for the hearing "Expanding Educational Opportunity through School Choice” to express our strong opposition to private school vouchers. Vouchers divert desperately-needed resources away from the public school system to fund the education of a few, select students, with limited, if any, real impact on student academic achievement. Instead of providing equal access to high quality education or setting high standards for accountability, voucher programs have proven ineffective, lack accountability to taxpayers, and deprive students of rights provided to public school students. Congress would better serve all children by using funds to make public schools stronger and safer than by creating a new voucher program. (Read More)
Forbidden Fruit: A Discussion about Science and Human Values Paul Kurtz, interviewed by D.J. Grothe, December 2008[Editor’s note: In this interview, Paul Kurtz outlines his ideas on how science informs secular morality, and explores why a secular, pro-science morality trumps religious morality when it comes to issues like abortion and gay rights. It was transcribed and edited here for publication, and originally occurred on the Point of Inquiry interview program, which can still be heard online: http://www.pointofinquiry.org/paul_kurtz_-_forbidden_fruit/]D.J.: Paul Kurtz started it all at the Center for Inquiry, founding the Council for Secular Humanism almost thirty years ago, CSICOP with Carl Sagan and James Randi and others before that, many other organizations. He’s really the leading figure in the organized, humanist and skeptics movements. (Read More)
Obama, Farrakhan and IslamophobiaTwo highly influential African Americans have made news recently in regard to Islam. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump infamously called for barring all Muslims from entering the United States (and vowed to carry out surveillance on mosques.) Similarly, GOP presidential contenders Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said only Christian asylum seekers should be accepted into to the United States. Sadly, they are in “good” company.