The Tragedy of Jazmine Barnes: Phantom Serial Killers and Eyewitness Errors
January 23, 2019


On December 30, 2018, a seven-year-old Houston girl named Jazmine Barnes was killed when a gunman drove up next to the vehicle she was in and opened fire on its occupants. Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, was wounded; Jazmine was struck in the head and died on the way to the hospital. As the New Year’s …

Are You Drinking Enough Water? Debunking The 8 x 8 Water Myth
January 23, 2019


Claims such as “everyone needs to drink at least eight glasses of water per day,” “society is chronically dehydrated,” and “you aren’t drinking enough water” are promoted by the media, personal trainers, and healthcare personnel. “We lug around huge water bottles and do our best to force down the recommended eight glasses per day, often …

A Substance We Have Never Seen
January 22, 2019


India says it wants to curb fake news and misinformation online, but to do that, its IT Act may be amended so that major platforms will be required to take down any content the government doesn’t like. And that will affect more than just people in India. Egyptian TV personality Mohammed al-Gheiti is sentenced to a …

Secularism and the True Meaning of Religious Freedom
January 18, 2019


On January 16th we marked National Religious Freedom Day, a day when we see articles and TV talking heads from the religious right claiming that there is an attack on Christianity in this country, and using the opportunity to call for more state funding of their churches, and further special exemptions from the law for …

Rig it Like Jesus
January 18, 2019


Substitute Attorney General and probable moonlighting bouncer Matthew Whitaker says secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom. Nnnnoooooo… Our own Jason Lemieux put out a response, saying, in part: Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s remarks are a classic case of projection – it’s the religious right who has warped the meaning of religious …

Tell Your Children Not to Hear My Words, What They Mean, What They Say
January 17, 2019


It’s Religious Freedom Day, celebrating a concept that has pretty much been contorted beyond all recognition, from a categorical right to believe as one wishes to, now, the freedom for one particular sect to be exempt from the law and impose their beliefs on others. Anyhow, the great Kelsey Dallas looks at new research showing …

I’m a Black Atheist Satanist Running for Senate
January 17, 2019


I Have Something to Say about Humanism I’m not your average aspiring secular politician. No doubt people raise their eyebrows when they find out that this candidate is a freethinking, skeptical, secular humanist, agnostic, nonbelieving Satanist. I’m also a stand-up comic, public speaker, former U.S. Marine, retired peace officer, and small business owner. I usually …

Another Abducted Girl, Another Psychic Fail
January 16, 2019


Psychics and fortunetellers are often seen as relatively harmless, dispensing shopworn advice about tall handsome strangers, a brighter future, and reassurances that departed loved ones are indeed watching over us. For $100 or less we can gain a temporary feeling of control over our destinies, armed with the foreknowledge (foreguessing?) of what will (might?) happen. …

Sacrifice Human Beings to the Sun
January 16, 2019


Ohio’s new Republican governor, Mike DeWine, signs an executive order prohibiting discrimination by any state agency, board or commission on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, and so on. In stark contrast, Oklahoma’s anti-vax governor-bro Kevin Stitt just wants to do whatever God tells him: This is something, I pray …

We Could Also Believe in the Aliens
January 15, 2019


We were busy bees yesterday! First we had to be all, “Hey, Indiana, you BEST NOT pass that bill to require creationism in public schools!” and THEN we had to be all, “Hey, Senate, you BEST NOT confirm a Christian nationalist for Attorney General!” Yeah that’s right. You best not. Advocates trying to reverse Idaho’s …