A bit over a week ago, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry posted an open letterdeclaring that “Deniers are not Skeptics.” To the Committee, skepticism is central to its goals, and it defines the activity as a careful analysis of evidence. As such, the group has been rather annoyed that people who doubt climate change have labelled themselves as skeptics, even if they have never taken the time to come to grips with any evidence. The letter called for the news media to stop allowing doubters of climate change tousethe label “skeptic” and instead label them deniers, based on the root “denial,” which was defined as “the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.” In doing so, the Committee had the support of scientists and science communicators such as Bill Nye and Ann Druyan, the woman behind the latest version of Cosmos.

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Skeptics, deniers, and contrarians: The climate science label game


12/13/14 Social Action Committee / Human Rights Program – part 3 of 3 Featured speakers: Gary Jones, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Andy Schatz, President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, and Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, our… By: Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek

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12/13/14 Social Action Committee / Human Rights Program – part 3 of 3 – Video

A worker stands on an apartment building under construction in Har Homa on Oct. 28. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters Settlements or Jewish communities

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Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

24 November 2014 United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute. Regrettably, as we meet here today, the path towards a durable peace remains uncertain, said Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, during a special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held this morning at UN Headquarters in New York to mark the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

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Peace process hangs from a thread, UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

Palestinian authorities are pushing to expand the “Quartet” on Middle East conflict settlement, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Sahib Oreikat said Tuesday.

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Palestine in Push to Expand 'Quartet' on Middle East Settlement – Negotiator

Palestinian authorities are pushing to expand the Quartet on Middle East conflict settlement, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Sahib Oreikat said Tuesday.

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Young Social Entrepreneur Is Sea Change From Abe Foxman getty images Published November 06, 2014.

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Anti-Defamation League Picks Fresh Face Jonathan Greeblatt as New Chief

Young Social Entrepreneur Is Sea Change From Abe Foxman getty images Published November 06, 2014. Washington In a bold move, the century-old Anti Defamation League has chosen a young social entrepreneur to serve as its new executive director, replacing Abraham Foxman when he steps down in July.

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Anti-Defamation League Picks Fresh Face Jonathan Greenblatt as New Chief

A renowned gay Orthodox rabbi examines the nexus between Judaism and inclusion. By Cindy Mindell Rabbi Steven Greenberg STAMFORD Two years have passed since the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism unanimously approved two model same-sex marriage ceremonies. The end result of a long and difficult debate, the decision brought the movement closest to Orthodoxy into territory only inhabited by the more liberal Jewish denominations Humanistic, Jewish Renewal, Reconstructionist, and Reform, long known for their welcoming stances toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Jews.

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Conversation with Rabbi Steven Greenberg

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record. The committee …

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UN watchdog slams Israel abuses, demands Gaza war probe