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?” …

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 …