‘First Man’ A Fitting Space Odyssey
October 15, 2018


First Man tells the true story of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling). As the film shows, he got there largely through skill and determination, but also luck and circumstance. The outlines of the story are, of course, well known, and part of the challenge in telling …

Haunted Drummond Hill Cemetery
October 15, 2018

The fiercest and the bloodiest battle of the so-called War of 1812 took place on July 25, 1814, and is known as the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Part of that battlefield in Niagara Falls, Canada, is occupied by Drummond Hill Cemetery—an allegedly haunted place I investigated in 2002 for a local TV channel. According to …

More Like a Smooth Criminal
October 15, 2018

At The Atlantic, Emma Green reports on a new survey that shows that not only are the religiously unaffiliated really jazzed up about political participation, but that this participation itself makes them less none-y: Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating …

Flail Uselessly through Something Like Vapor
October 12, 2018

Rights activist Gulalai Ismail, who has spoken at CFI’s Women in Secularism conference, was detained by Pakistan authorities at Islamabad International Airport, and later released on bail. She’s apparently on the government’s “Exit Control List.” CFI’s own Barry Karr is a guest on the Phil Ferguson Show to talk about CSICon 2018 WHICH OMG IS …

My Eternal Problem with Openly Secular Day
October 12, 2018

Openly Secular Day is nearly upon us. Well, to be precise, I think it is nearly upon us. Secular-friendly groups have promoted previous Openly Secular Days at different times of the year. Nevertheless, I’m all for having a consistent, national Openly Secular Day. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Openly Secular network seem to …

10 Commandments Under Fire
October 11, 2018

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

This is a problem. Every major pro sport plays on Sunday. God doesn’t want to mess with the NFL.

And Christian women, look closely at this commandment and notice who doesn’t get a day off… YOU!

Cattle get the Sabbath off. Strangers within thy gates (there are plenty of these in my neighborhood) get the Sabbath off. Slaves? Yep. (and this is pre-OSHA)
Women? Sorry. No.

One more thing here. Why does the all-powerful creator of the universe need rest? Does he get tired after a long week of whipping up matter and energy? Is he out of breath or have a stitch in his side? If you are ALL-powerful, you are in tremendous shape. Ironman triathletes don’t have to rest when they walk up a flight of stairs. Apparently God does.

Don’t Spray It
October 11, 2018

The journal Scientific Reports (run by the folks who publish Nature) ran a paper on how homeopathy can reduce pain, and lordy lordy, wouldn’t you know it, turns out the paper was full of garbage research. Meanwhile, a company called Sprayology (oh boy) is recalling its homeopathic sprays that are supposed to help with everything from …

Why Women Aren’t Heard | Silencing of Women in the Catholic Church
October 10, 2018

The #MeToo movement has grown tremendously in the past year. The MeToo Movement urges us to look honestly at the widespread, worldwide mistreatment of women. Institutions everywhere are supposed to learn to take seriously women’s repeated complaints against sexual assault and sexual harassment. The importance of the movement for women’s rights was reemphasized when the …

The Symbol of a Circle Produces a Single Sound
October 10, 2018

CFI’s Council for Secular Humanism has announced the winners of this year’s Forkosch Awards: Kurt Andersen for his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and Rebecca Goldstein for her Free Inquiry article “Mattering Matters.”  So it turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for over 70 percent of global carbon emissions. When it’s …

Aliens? Balloon Boy? Bright Lights over Fort Collins, CO.
October 9, 2018

On Saturday evening, September 1, 2018, observers saw two UFOs over Fort Collins, CO. Described as “two glowing lights in the sky,” they caused a stir, and responses from observers were forthcoming. Residents in nearby Windsor, Wellington, and Bellvue also saw the pair of bright lights and speculated about their source. Theories included aliens, planets—even …