Secrets at Oak Island
September 24, 2018

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Among great “unsolved” enigmas is that of a supposed treasure, often called the Money Pit mystery. The site is a shaft or shafts on Oak Island in Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay, allegedly dating to before 1795. I dared to trespass there in 1999 (ironically after speaking at a forensic conference in New Brunswick), talking my …

Man Up and Slit My Throat with a Knife
September 24, 2018


The Catholic Church is looking to compromise with the bad guys in order to get into China (cough-Google-cough): Pope Francis has agreed to recognize Catholic bishops chosen by the Chinese government (what??) in exchange for some input into the process or something. (Sounds like a really solid deal you got there, Francis.) Ian Johnson at …

Turn Around and Convulse
September 21, 2018


Okay, fine, fine, fine. Here’s my sonnet that I wrote about CFI and read to a room full of reporters. If you’re not careful, I’ll put it to music and sing it while playing a lute. Stacey Barchenger at the Asbury Park Press reports that a private Jewish Orthodox religious school in Lakewood, NJ has …

Sonnet for Inquiry
September 20, 2018


Last weekend, I went to the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio to shill for the Center for Inquiry before the assembled journalists on the God-beat. Although I hadn’t been to one of these in a couple of years, I’m still pretty much a known quantity over there. And by that, I mean that …

A Viral Infection by Any Other Name
September 20, 2018


Hi again. There was no Heresy yesterday because I was called in for jury duty, and I will be doing so again for a few days next week. You’re welcome, justice! Chris McDaniel, a GOP candidate in the special election for U.S. Senate from Missouri, would like you to think of him as the next …

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Satan; Alone in Alabama
September 18, 2018


That’s the god that launched Crusades, fosters intolerance among peoples, and keeps the psychiatric, psychological, wine and pot industries profitable. People don’t smite their enemies in the name of a universal energy force that keeps order in the universe.

Movebit Canis
September 17, 2018


For most of last week and this weekend I was representing CFI at the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m telling you this because it means I haven’t been able to write The Morning Heresy for many, many days, and I am now way, way behind on the news. I also want …

Lessons to Learn from Canadian Susan the Bridezilla
September 14, 2018


“Canadian Susan” swept the social media headlines this past week with her jaw-dropping tale of entitled, inappropriate rage at not getting free money from her friends and family to fund her $60,000 dream wedding. I, like many, read the screenshots with that familiar sense of tingling schadenfreude that good gossip elicits—and really, it was a …

The Curious Case of the ‘Destination Truth’ Yeti Track
September 13, 2018


The Yeti—formerly known as the Abominable Snowman—is the Himalayan version of the American Bigfoot. Like Bigfoot, it is large, powerful, leaves strange tracks, and has never been proven to exist outside of folklore and myth. Interest in the supposed creature is fueled by occasional sighting reports and odd footprints. In 2007, Josh Gates, host of …

The Tale of The Truth Seeker
September 13, 2018


Of the periodicals published at the Center for Inquiry, none has a longer – or more winding – history than The Truth Seeker. I’ll pause a moment while some of you say to yourselves, “Huh? CFI has something to do with The Truth Seeker?” – and while others of you say “What’s The Truth Seeker?” …