Contributions

Turn Around and Convulse
September 21, 2018


Okay, fine, fine, fine. Here’s my sonnet that I wrote about CFI and read to a room full of reporters. If you’re not careful, I’ll put it to music and sing it while playing a lute. Stacey Barchenger at the Asbury Park Press reports that a private Jewish Orthodox religious school in Lakewood, NJ has …

Sonnet for Inquiry
September 20, 2018


Last weekend, I went to the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio to shill for the Center for Inquiry before the assembled journalists on the God-beat. Although I hadn’t been to one of these in a couple of years, I’m still pretty much a known quantity over there. And by that, I mean that …

A Viral Infection by Any Other Name
September 20, 2018


Hi again. There was no Heresy yesterday because I was called in for jury duty, and I will be doing so again for a few days next week. You’re welcome, justice! Chris McDaniel, a GOP candidate in the special election for U.S. Senate from Missouri, would like you to think of him as the next …

CFI Kenya Helps Little Feet Take Big Strides
September 17, 2018

News

There are a number of battles being fought over children’s education in the U.S., deeply frustrating conflicts over such fundamental concepts as evolution, climate change, and even basic facts of history. Imagine, then, the challenge faced by children in a country like Kenya, where the worry is not that students will be taught creationist myths …

Movebit Canis
September 17, 2018


For most of last week and this weekend I was representing CFI at the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m telling you this because it means I haven’t been able to write The Morning Heresy for many, many days, and I am now way, way behind on the news. I also want …

A Special Kind of Nonsense
September 11, 2018


Wow, I have a lot to catch up with, huh? I was out yesterday, and there may or may not be any Heresies for the rest of the week as I head out to Ohio for the Religion Newswriters Association conference. You are warned. It’s the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which to me …

Gwyneth Wants Your Eyeballs
September 7, 2018


A tip o’the hat and a hearty congratulations to Nick Fish who has just been named the new president of American Atheists. Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and Infowars. It just so happens that the ban comes immediately after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is personally harassed by Jones on Capitol Hill. Oh, that “lodestar” New …

History Owes an Apology
September 6, 2018


“Not The Onion,” because The Onion would be in prison: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor says online satire “that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals” will be punishable with five years behind bars and about $800,000 in fines. Smoove B must make sure he stays clear. Ye Charlotte Ming at National …

The Kavanaugh Court and Extreme Patriotism – Free Inquiry Takes on Humanists’ Existential Threats
September 5, 2018

Press Releases

The premier journal of secular humanist thought enters the political fray as the Senate begins its hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a timely and salient special issue of Free Inquiry, freethought leaders address the existential threat to church-state separation represented by Kavanaugh, and a powerful case is …

Stoking Our Anxieties
September 5, 2018


At the Washington Post, Laura Meckler surveys the wreckage that is the Betsy DeVos voucher agenda, writing that “the federal push [for school choice] is all but dead.” In Wisconsin, parents Kehinde and Titilayo Omosebi are charged for the death of their 15-year-old boy, who died of starvation because of a forced religious fast. The …