The Grim Winnowing
September 18, 2019 ·


Tim Flannery at The Guardian says climate activists like himself have failed: … the climate crisis has now grown so severe that the actions of the denialists have turned predatory: they are now an immediate threat to our children. … … future Earth may have enough resources to support far fewer people than the 7.6 …

Astrology and Racism
September 17, 2019 ·


There are many scientific and skeptical objections to astrology, including the fact that the constellations have shifted since astrology was devised, that many real-world tests have failed to find statistically meaningful patterns in the lives of people born under certain zodiac signs, and that there are multiple—and in fact contradictory—versions of astrology that adherents fervently …

Cheeky in Kentucky
September 17, 2019 ·


We just dropped an undiluted knowledge bomb on y’all’s brains. This morning we released the results of a survey we conducted with Lake Research Partners, supported by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, on Americans’ attitudes and understanding about homeopathy and their trust in megaretailers Walmart and CVS. There’s a lot of information, but some big takeaways …

Containing What Appeared to Be Blood
September 16, 2019 ·


The big news for us from last week is that we got ourselves a new member of the CFI Board of Directors: Julia Sweeney! Here’s what Board Chair Eddie Tabash said about it: With the degree to which atheists have been and still are society’s most unjustly despised minority, Julia Sweeney has shown remarkable courage …

Peanut Oil Pooling in Your Brain
September 13, 2019 ·


Socioanalitica Research surveys nonreligious Americans on their political preferences, showing that a mere 13 percent support Trump, but the rest are all split up among a generic Democratic candidate, a third party candidate, and “unsure.” Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times says the conservatives that dominate the Supreme Court are in an “unusual dialogue” …

The Sweat-Drenched Purgation of Medieval Self-Flagellation
September 12, 2019 ·


Ryan Burge tracks attitudes toward the label “liberal” through the lens of church attendance. You will not be surprised to know that the more dedicated church-goers tend to be the ones who reject the label: While over 40% of nonwhite weekly church attenders identified as liberal in the 1970s, that has now dropped to just …

Sycophants and Grifters
September 11, 2019 ·


Trump says Democrats aren’t “big believers” in religion, which I guess is true relative to Repubicans, though not true in that most Democrats are, in fact, religious, but still, this doesn’t seem grounded in, well, anything: You know, the other side, they’re not big believers. They’re not big believers in religion, that I can tell …

Jerry is Watching
September 10, 2019 ·


Brandon Ambrosino at Politico Magazine has a big exposé on Jerry Falwell Jr. and the corruption that saturates Liberty University: “We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with inside knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to …

Backwater of the Galaxy
September 9, 2019 ·


Uh oh. A group of studies suggests that a politcal candidate risks losing support just by being associated with atheists, whether or not they are nonbelievers themselves. Study author Andrew Franks tells PsyPost: I do not want people to think that this is a reason to avoid being associated with marginalized groups, however. Rather, I …

So Preposterous, So Contemptible
September 6, 2019 ·


The Clergy Project, where nonbelieving clergy find support and community, will soon pass the 1000-member milestone. Yonat Shimron at Religion News Service reports: Whatever the number of atheists, the success of The Clergy Project indicates that it is meeting a need. “It’s not a project that fizzled and died,” said Ryan Cragun, professor of sociology …