‘This Is America’ and the Ambiguity of Memes
July 2, 2020


Misleading memes are a dime a dozen, to use a phrase originating in the 1800s (though today they’re not only free but available by the tens of thousands). People who spend time on social media interact with them constantly, usually in the context of reading, endorsing, and sharing them. Less often they’re refuted or mocked, …

CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020


COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …

Dead-Enders
July 2, 2020


Tithe, Or Else Don’t forget: Today at 3pm ET, CFI’s Nick Little will take part in an online conversation with other freethought leaders about the horrendous Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Point your browser right here. David L. Franklin at Slate writes how the Espinoza decision reveals how the Roberts …

Erroneous Views
July 1, 2020


After a couple of surprisingly good Supreme Court decisions, everyone here knew that the big shoe was going to drop and, you know, squash secularism. And squash it did. In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled 5-4 that taxpayers can be made to subsidize religious schools. USA Today covered …

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Bzzzzz!
June 30, 2020


Yet another surprise positive outcome from an otherwise-hostile Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Court stuck down Louisiana’s draconian anti-abortion law, due to Chief Justice Roberts siding with the reality-based justices. Roberts’s reasoning was technical, but we’ll take it. The Post reports: “The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases …

Can I Oppose Waterboarding If I’ve Never Been Waterboarded?
June 30, 2020


I have never been waterboarded; yet, despite my undeniable lack of direct experience, I oppose it as a form of torture. The same can be said for Barack Obama, who issued an executive order banning waterboarding along with other coercive interrogation practices. The same can be said for the overwhelming majority of those who oppose …

The Desire to Be Liked
June 29, 2020


Self Sabotage This is not a good look. Before President Trump’s big comeback rally-turned-disaster in Tulsa, his campaign had workers remove all stickers and signage telling attendees to socially distance. The Post reports: As part of its safety plan, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers for Trump’s rally, intended to keep people apart by …

Is Bullshit the Normal Condition?
June 26, 2020


What does it mean to label someone a bullshitter? Does it mean they are a liar? Does it mean they are guilty of talking too much? Does it mean they have something to say about everything, even if they know little or nothing about it? The term bullshit, as used in everyday conversation, is generic …

The Devil’s Trying to Give Me the Flu!
June 26, 2020


Did you know that the paranormal-investigating Independent Investigations Group is now the CFI Investigations Group? Did you know they offered $100,000 to anyone who could prove under testing conditions that they have paranormal or supernatural powers? Did you know that the prize has been bumped up to $250,000? It’s possible you didn’t know any of …

Dubious Ideological History
June 25, 2020


Humanists International have put out their latest report on the persecution faced by nonbelievers around the world, Humanists At Risk: Action Report 2020. They write: Humanists and atheists face intimidation, threats, arrest and prosecution, and even death, for sharing their views on social media. For some, while challenging legislation is important in the long-term, their …