Syracuse’s “Haunted” Ancestors Inn
August 16, 2018

It is closed now but in September 2002 I stayed at a “haunted” mansion in Syracuse known as Ancestors Inn at the Bassett House. It was Friday the Thirteenth. The mansion is located in Liverpool, NY, near Syracuse  (where—courtesy of Central New York Skeptics—I was speaking at both the Museum of Science and Technology and …

A Break from Oblivion
August 16, 2018

Jack Phillips, the Masterpiece Cakeshop guy who likes to discriminate against gays, is suing once again because he also likes to discriminate against transgender folks, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission JUST WON’T LET HIM RELIGIOUS-LIBERTIZE. CFI’s own Nick Little confronts the systemic implications of the soul-sickening revelations about child sex abuse in the Pennsylvania Catholic …

Atheists for Aretha, Hell? Please…, A Zero Golf Score
August 15, 2018

Hell doesn’t scare me. I played football in Chicago in August. Please… hell would be a cool breeze compared to 95 humid degrees in full pads.
Anyway, did you ever wonder why God designed us with so many flaws, then built hell to punish us for those flaws? Seems a bit circular, doesn’t it?

The Privilege of Predators: Church Sexual Abuse And Society’s Deference to Religion
August 15, 2018

Yesterday a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released, detailing credible accusations of sexual abuse against over 300 priests in just six dioceses. Over 1,000 child victims were identified. The report can be found here. Read it. If you can stomach it, read all 1,356 pages. You probably can’t, and I couldn’t. Page after page of …

Blimp Possibilities
August 15, 2018

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania releases a conscience-shocking report that details 70 years of more than 300 priests and their sexual abuse of more than 1000 victims. The grand jury report says, plainly, “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they …

From the Ludicrous to the Abhorrent
August 14, 2018

Why let the Justice Department have all the fun of enforcing religiously-based bigotry defending religious liberty? The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs has issued a directive that will allow for more religious exemptions to anti-discrimination law. David Anderson at Democracy Chronicles praises our lawsuit against CVS over homeopathy: Central to the …

Running with Pigs
August 13, 2018

Ben Yagoda at The Atlantic explores cognitive biases and logical fallacies, and looks into ways we might be able to overcome them. Sometimes. A little bit. Speaking of which, about a third of adults think they know more about the causes of autism than scientists and physicians, according to a new study. Relatedly, Burt Bacharach …

A Call to the Muslims of the World From Freethinkers and Humanists of Muslim Origins
August 10, 2018

Originally published July 2, 2004. Dear friends, The tragic incidents of September 11 have shocked the world. It is unthinkable that anyone could be so full of hate as to commit such heinous acts and kill so many innocent people. We people of Muslim origin are as much shaken as the rest of the world and …

Credibility Rake
August 10, 2018

Get comfortable, everybody. It’s going to be a long one today. Good thing it’s Friday and you’re probably not working very hard anyway. I’ve been looking forward to this: Robert Blaskiewicz weighs in on the QAnon cult-of-conspiracy for Skeptical Inquirer: The Pizzagate-style focus on violent crimes against children is an extension of an old, old scare …

Happy Belated Anniversary, History Channel!
August 9, 2018

It’s always a little embarrassing to miss an important birthday or anniversary, and I confess that I’ve been especially busy over the past month and overlooked an important date. That date was about a month ago, when The History Channel suffered one of the highest-profile blows to its credibility in, well, the history of the …