Contributions

Boom, Boom, Boom, Bing, That’s the End of That One
August 21, 2018


At an event in Buenos Aires this past Saturday called “Collective Apostasy,” Argentines were urged to quit the Catholic Church over its interference in Argentinian politics, specifically over the legalization of abortion. The group leading the effort, the Argentine Coalition for a Secular State, say: Obtaining the vote for women, the divorce law, marriage equality, the …

The Church of Tronc
August 20, 2018


Responding to the horror-show revelations in Pennsylvania about the systematic mass-sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church, Pope Francis laments that “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” Which is entirely true. So now what? Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able …

Labor Department’s Religious Liberty Rule is a Directive to Discriminate
August 16, 2018

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) condemned the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new Directive regarding religious exemptions for government contractors as a further example of religious privilege being used to impose real harms on Americans. According to the Directive from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which supervises federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure …

A Break from Oblivion
August 16, 2018


Jack Phillips, the Masterpiece Cakeshop guy who likes to discriminate against gays, is suing once again because he also likes to discriminate against transgender folks, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission JUST WON’T LET HIM RELIGIOUS-LIBERTIZE. CFI’s own Nick Little confronts the systemic implications of the soul-sickening revelations about child sex abuse in the Pennsylvania Catholic …

Blimp Possibilities
August 15, 2018


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania releases a conscience-shocking report that details 70 years of more than 300 priests and their sexual abuse of more than 1000 victims. The grand jury report says, plainly, “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they …

From the Ludicrous to the Abhorrent
August 14, 2018


Why let the Justice Department have all the fun of enforcing religiously-based bigotry defending religious liberty? The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs has issued a directive that will allow for more religious exemptions to anti-discrimination law. David Anderson at Democracy Chronicles praises our lawsuit against CVS over homeopathy: Central to the …

Running with Pigs
August 13, 2018


Ben Yagoda at The Atlantic explores cognitive biases and logical fallacies, and looks into ways we might be able to overcome them. Sometimes. A little bit. Speaking of which, about a third of adults think they know more about the causes of autism than scientists and physicians, according to a new study. Relatedly, Burt Bacharach …

Credibility Rake
August 10, 2018


Get comfortable, everybody. It’s going to be a long one today. Good thing it’s Friday and you’re probably not working very hard anyway. I’ve been looking forward to this: Robert Blaskiewicz weighs in on the QAnon cult-of-conspiracy for Skeptical Inquirer: The Pizzagate-style focus on violent crimes against children is an extension of an old, old scare …

Admiral Vindictive
August 9, 2018


We already know that to be religiously unaffiliated (aka a “none”) does not necessarily equate to nonbelief or atheism. So then why aren’t they part of a faith group? Pew Research digs up some fascinating answers. For example, about half of nones say it’s because of churches’ positions on social and political issues. About a …

Lively Experiments
August 8, 2018


At Skeptical Inquirer, Stuart Vyse looks at how the baseless practice of “facilitated communication” for autism patients made a comeback in recent years, only to face renewed scrutiny and pushback from the scientific community. However, Stuart writes, “Despite these few glimmers of light on the side of science and reason, the current state of the …