Oh God, You Devil

December 20, 2016

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I have to be super quick this morning because my kid’s school is doing this holiday thing and yes I know I should have done this last night, but you know what? Life is crazy.

Let’s begin with the world totally unraveling. All on the same day, the Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara by a Turkish policeman; a truck plows through a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin, killing 12 people in what is probably an act of terrorism; and Donald Trump formally wins in the Electoral College’s vote, despite last-ditch efforts to sway the electors.

Free Inquiry magazine is now officially available in digital-only subscriptions. They’re cheaper than paper! Find out how you can enjoy your secular humanist paperless bits here

CFI–L.A.’s Jim Underdown appears in what looks to be a wonderful new series of reports for WGN TV news: “That’s Bull***!” This edition’s topic: fake psychics. 

Kimberly Winston reports on the newly amended International Religious Freedom Act, which now includes language specifically protecting nontheists, and notes our role in lobbying for the change. 

Linch Zhang at HuffPo explores Secular Solstice as a “post-ironic” celebration of the season, as Tom Flynn rolls his eyes (I assume). 

Germany considers legislation that would fine social media sites like Facebook for proliferating fake news.

Andrew Ujifusa at EdWeek explores how a DeVos-led voucher program might work.

A Pakistan International Airlines pilot beheads a goat so that his plane won’t crash. Good thing they don’t worship Pan.

Convicted criminal and former Dancer-with-the-Stars Tom DeLay says God “stopped Hillary Clinton and put a man in place that was a strong leader.” Unclear to him at first, now DeLay says, “I now see what God is doing.” Oh God, you devil.

Hospitalized? Ask for a woman doctor. If you want to live. (I am exaggerating somewhat.) 

Quote of the Day:

The American Institute of Homeopathy, which apparently exists, rebuts the FTC’s new regulations on homeopathy’s marketing, and David Gorski can’t stop laughing:

Ya gotta love homeopaths. They’re deluded quacks, and their overwrought language, coupled with the fact that this statement was written by homeopaths, perfectly encapsulates the nonsensical thinking behind homeopathy.

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