Do Not Ingest the Walls and Pavement
August 21, 2019 ·


The Washington Post reports on the quashing of CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages (which we intend to un-quash), speaking to several legal scholars who all seem to agree that the judge blew it, and that this could be huge: “It’s obviously unconstitutional because it gives a benefit to religious …

Urgent Pressure to Burst Out
August 20, 2019 ·


Texas messed with us. Our lawsuit to get the Lonestar State to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages has been rejected by a federal court. We have feelings about it, and, yes, we intend to MESS RIGHT BACK: “This decision has clarified one issue, and very starkly,” said [CFI’s Nick] Little. “If we referred to …

Bite Their Smiling Heads Off
August 19, 2019 ·


Emma Green at The Atlantic explores how LGBTQ rights are in a total muddle five years after Obergefell, which seems to have convinced many Americans that this “fixed everything.” Also, Green interviews Ben Howe, an evangelical and former RedState blogger who has soured on Trump. She doesn’t just let him make his case, though. She …

Public Scatology and Sacrilege
August 16, 2019 · 1 


I’m feeling rather punchy this morning. Let’s begin with a little civic action to prevent the subluxation of health policy. Tell your congressmonster to quash the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act: H.R. 3654 would impose false hope on Medicare patients by legitimizing useless pseudomedicine. It would endanger patients who need treatments that have been proven …

No Sting Songs for You
August 15, 2019 · 2 


When federal contractors want to stomp all over the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration hands them metal cleats. BuzzFeed reports on the Labor Department’s draft rule: The Trump administration on Wednesday formally proposed a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on …

We Are Not “On Board”
August 14, 2019 ·


Benjamin Radford delves into the Jeffrey Epstein murder conspiracies, pointing out how people often find it difficult to believe that rich, famous people could die in relatively mundane ways. Also important, Ben notes that if Epstein had been killed in order to silence him, there are plenty of people who would also know plenty about …

Epstein Death Conspiracies: Plausibility and Fuzzy Facts
August 14, 2019 ·


This past weekend, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Within minutes of the news breaking, conspiracy theories circulated widely on social media, accusing a laundry list of people as playing some role in his death. One of them, President Trump himself, who has …

Cry Just As Hard As You Need To
August 13, 2019 ·


Prof. Ryan Burge shows how religious groups place the political parties and other figures on an ideological scale. White evangelicals perceive the greatest amount of polarization and place themselves right along with the most conservative wing of the GOP. Atheists were next most likely to perceive massive polarization, and placed themselves as more liberal than …

Disregarded by Sensible People
August 12, 2019 · 1 


Happy Monday. In order to save the Earth, we must all poop less. Don’t look at me! That’s what the President of Freaking Brazil said! From the BBC: Mr. Bolsonaro’s comment came after the journalist quoted reports saying deforestation and agriculture were responsible for a quarter of the planet’s greenhouse effect. “It’s enough to eat …

Flaunt for Flaunt
August 9, 2019 · 1 


Angela Chen at MIT Technology Review says that resistance is not futile when it comes to platforms shutting down hate-sites, even if they just pop up somewhere else: …research suggests that deplatforming does hurt online communities even if they pop back up afterwards, and second because the decision by CloudFlare [which kicked out 8chan], a …