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?” …

Jesus as fiction, Geraldo vs Bigfoot, Science vs Religion
September 12, 2018


How do you shoot 100 episodes of a no-chance search and keep people interested? Remember in 1986 when Geraldo aired The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults. It was a colossal bust, and people were pissed they wasted time watching. Watching 100 episodes of Finding Bigfoot would be like watching Geraldo another 99 times after getting burned the first time.
Is this memory lapse? Masochism?
Why, people? Why?

The Best Approach for Evidence Based Practice
September 12, 2018


Even as a professor of psychology, I sometimes find all the different terms in mental health confusing. Just in terms of licensed professionals, there are psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, social workers, and a dozen other lesser used terms that could all describe a person engaging in helping someone to improve their mental health. The acronyms …

A Special Kind of Nonsense
September 11, 2018


Wow, I have a lot to catch up with, huh? I was out yesterday, and there may or may not be any Heresies for the rest of the week as I head out to Ohio for the Religion Newswriters Association conference. You are warned. It’s the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which to me …

Fighting against Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
September 11, 2018


The stories of sexual abuse are seemingly unending. A Pennsylvania grand jury gave us horrible details of seventy years of sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses. The report revealed that over 1,000 children were harmed by over 300 clergy. The grand jury tells us, for example, that One of these priests ejaculated in the …

China’s Muslim Concentration Camps Represent an Affront to Humanist Values
September 10, 2018


CFI stands proudly in support of freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of religion, even when we don’t agree with the ideas that others may come to from such freedoms. In the United States, we are seeing the notion of freedom of religion being twisted from freedom of belief into a privilege to …

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege: Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Worse than We Thought
September 10, 2018


Update: Though CFI believes, based on his past statements and on the phrasing of his answer to Senator Cruz, that Judge Kavanaugh probably does hold an unscientific position on birth control and abortifacients, the evidence is insufficient to make this claim with 100 percent certainty. Although Judge Kavanaugh’s answer doesn’t allow us to determine with certainty …