A Quick Example of Quick Debunking
January 28, 2020


I’ve investigated hundreds—probably thousands—of things in my career as a skeptic and researcher, from misleading polls to chupacabra vampire legends. Some investigations take hours or days; others take weeks or months, and a rare few take years. It all depends on the scope of the investigation and how much information you have to analyze. In …

Any Hex, Any Spell, Any Witchcraft, Any Spirit of Control, Any Jezebel
January 28, 2020


Given the news I comb through for each day’s Morning Heresy, I see a lot of little pieces about how [religious figure] has said [outrageously offensive thing] OR [stupendously ridiculous thing], and lately, I more or less ignore it because, well, it’s very dog-bites-man at this point. I come across a headline that’s all, “Famous …

Unbelievers Undisturbed
January 27, 2020


Former Rep. Pete Stark, who in 2007 became the first Member of Congress to openly declare his lack of belief in God while in office, has died at the age of 88. The Post in its obit uses the word “atheist,” which I don’t think Stark himself actually identified with, but I could be wrong. …

The Same Despised Category as Kings
January 24, 2020


Good morning. How would you like to feel even worse about the Espinoza v. Montana Supreme Court case that was argued on Tuesday? I got you covered. Here’s Monica Kristin Blair at the Post on how the push “school choice” is really about white flight: In addition to breaking down the separation of church and …

Excommunicate Me
January 23, 2020


Ed Powers at The Independent memorializes Terry Jones, here looking at his approach to the film Life of Brian: His target – and it’s hard to imagine the historic Jesus objecting – were the frauds cashing in on the public’s credulity. Hence his enduring bafflement that anyone could consider Life of Brian blasphemous. “The definition …

‘1917,’ War, and The Frailty of Knowledge
January 22, 2020


As advertised, the World War I film 1917 takes place in April 1917, when two British soldiers, William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are rousted from a weary daytime slumber. They’re ordered to cross enemy territory (a no man’s land littered with death and decay) and deliver an urgent message to another …

Watching as the Supreme Court Vandalizes the Wall of Separation
January 22, 2020


The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, marking what seems likely to be the next stage in the brick by brick dismantling Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. While waiting for the transcript of the oral arguments (and it seems possible that may …

The Great Foot Has Come Down
January 22, 2020


That bonkers case from Montana, in which religious schools seek to resurrect a dead law so that they can gobble up taxpayer funding, will be argued before the Supreme Court today. Here’s what we said about it when we filed our amicus brief in November: Religious liberty is imperiled in this case. But this case …

An Immense Amount of Ignorant Familiarity
January 21, 2020


Citing the work of CFI and other advocacy groups, Paul Rosenberg at Salon looks at the efforts to push back against Christian nationalist policy being pushed by Trump and in the states: [T]he battle to reclaim the true meaning of religious freedom has inextricably become increasingly central to the 2020 election, and to the political …

Neil Peart, Skeptic
January 17, 2020


Last week Neil Peart, the drummer and main lyricist for the rock band Rush, died. He’d been living in California and privately battled brain cancer for several years. The Canadian trio (Alex Lifeson on guitar, Geddy Lee on vocals, bass, and keyboards, and Neil Peart on drums) announced they’d stopped touring in 2015, after 40 …