The Wizard is a Shyster
June 22, 2018


Pew Research puts out a big report on the rise in religiously-based harassment and hostility around the world, and we focus in on the data about the persecution of the nonreligious: As governments, activists, and the media absorb the whole of Pew’s valuable report, it’s crucial that the plight of the nonreligious is not lost …

U Mad Bro?
June 21, 2018


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which I can’t believe exists in this administration, announces steps that NASA and FEMA will be taking to detect and possibly deflect near-Earth objects that could smash into us. This is cool: NASA is asked to come up with new ways to deflect an asteroid heading …

Nature vs. Nurture, Verified Miracles(?), and Why do you hate God?
June 20, 2018


I don’t hate God, Homer Simpson, or any other fictional character. Though I have seen Homer Simpson.

Not Near Enough
June 20, 2018


Trump pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley called the Council a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” I know you are, Ambassador, but what am I? In a rare, and I mean ever-so-rare bit of good news, the Collier County School Board in Naples, …

This Somber Wilderness of Rotting Paper
June 19, 2018


The Southern Poverty Law Center reverses itself and apologizes to Maajid Nawaz for including him on a list of anti-Muslim extremists, and has paid Nawaz’s organization the Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million to fund their work. SPLC president Richard Cohen writes: Among those who contacted us were human rights advocates affiliated with the United Nations who …

Crucifixion Evidence Debunks Turin “Shroud”
June 18, 2018


As if there were not already enough evidence debunking the Shroud of Turin—the historical record, a forger’s confession, tempera paint, multiple carbon-dating tests—now new evidence further discredits the authenticity of the reputed burial cloth of Jesus. The new finding—the 2000-year-old skeletal remains of a crucified Roman—was reported on Live Science (Metcalfe 2018). The article (June …

Say This With Pain
June 18, 2018


As the Trump administration uses the Bible to defend its policy of separating migrant children from their families, we call a big, big foul: Just imagine for a moment if an Attorney General cited the Quran as the basis for the Department of Justice’s detainment policies, or the Hindu Vedas, or even Dianetics or Harry …

Wow. Really Bible. Very Romans.
June 15, 2018


Unsurprisingly, yet horrifyingly, Jeff Sessions uses the Bible to justify separating immigrant parents from their children: Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has …

Subpoena That Cat
June 14, 2018


Wow, yesterday was busy. Settle in, folks. Let’s say you’re a state. Not like a state of matter like a liquid or a gas, but a political and geographic entity within a federal republic, like, for example, the United States of America, just to name one at random. If you, the state in question—and for …

God of the Gap-Teeth
June 13, 2018


Once again, a repeal of the Johnson Amendment is being snuck into a “must-pass” appropriations bill. Hemant notes: The Center For Inquiry, rightly opposing this move, is already urging members to take action by contacting their representatives. They also signed on to a letter yesterday, along with 144 other groups, urging the House Appropriations Committee …