Black Death’s Hometown
October 15, 2019 ·


The great trek to Vegas for CSICon starts tomorrow, so the publication of the Heresy for the rest of the week is, shall we say, in question. We’ll see how the week goes. Yesterday, I knew only of the press release announcing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech, “Being a Christian Leader.” Today, we see …

They’ll Be Blowing
October 14, 2019 ·


I was sick on Friday, so of course that’s when a slew of church-state news has to pile up. For example, the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, went to the University of Notre Dame and said this: The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has coincided and I believe has brought …

What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019 ·


…Gorsuch will almost certainly taketh away. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a series of cases all focused on one particular issue – does Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community? Like many cases that come before the Supreme Court bench, there’s …

The Hook Sinks Deeper
October 10, 2019 ·


Trump is apparently obssessed with administering polygraph tests to White House staffers in order to root out those who would dare betray him to the Deep State. Like many things this president obsesses over, polygraphs are junk science. Why are Republicans, who are happy to let Trump do and say whatever he wants, no matter …

Something to Cry About: Investigating a “Miraculous” Eye-Con
October 9, 2019 ·


At the request of the Toronto Sun, on September 3, 1996, I drove to Canada to investigate a “weeping icon.” It would prove not to be really weeping and was not a true icon, only a print, but I am getting ahead of an interesting series of adventures in my career as a “miracle detective.” …

Feel as Bad as Me
October 8, 2019 ·


The biggest news to me, as a fan of Cassini, Cosmos, and The Expanse books, is that researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered twenty previously unknown moons around Saturn, making Saturn the mooniest planet in the Sol System. There’s a contest to name them, too. Judge Tammy Kemp, she who Bible’d it …

Occasionally Nihilistic in Tone
October 7, 2019 ·


Exciting news from the CFI Skeptimatic Universe: The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) has booked its 50th state! And it happens to be the nation’s 50th state, Hawaii. Emma Green at The Atlantic previews how the Supreme Court is poised to essentially blow up abortion rights this term: If the Supreme Court is, indeed, …

Apparently it’s From a Camel
October 4, 2019 ·


CFI’s Empress of Philanthropy, Martina Fern, is the guest on the latest Phil Ferguson Show (you gotta go about halfway through the episode to get to her part), where she talks up CSICon. We have an action alert in support of the Scientific Integrity Act, which would be a great bill to get passed given …

A Middle-of-the-Road Kind of Bloke
October 3, 2019 · 1 


On the latest episode of CFI’s podcast Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown begins a two-parter on the prison system, talking to atheist activist, comedian, politician, former Marine, and former prison security guard Steve Hill. (Hell of a resumé!) In his Free Inquiry editorial, Tom Flynn hearkens back to when some secular humanists like CFI founder …

A Smorgasbord of Micro-Obsessions
October 2, 2019 ·


The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Richard Fernandez (a conservative blogger at PJ Media) on secular humanism. Let’s see how it starts: The 20th-century left tended to define progress in terms of material goods, and that was true of liberals and Communists alike. Well maybe it’s not worth reading past that first sentence. …