Contributions

Spending Time Being Hyper-Defensive
March 26, 2019 ·


At FiveThirtyEight, Maggie Koerth-Baker has some bad news about conspiracy theories: They have been and likely always will be with us, and at least one guy says we shouldn’t want them to go away completely: “I don’t think so,” [University of Winchester psychology professor Michael] Wood said. “I’m sure some people would disagree with me …

Perma-Crisis
March 25, 2019 ·


Mississippi officially bans abortion after a the time a fetal heartbeat could theoretically be detected during an ultrasound, around six weeks, which is before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. These laws tend to get blocked by the courts, but things being how they are, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. To make …

The Detriment of Society as a Whole
March 22, 2019 ·


According to the General Social Survey, as analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, “nones” are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics for largest “belief” group in the United States. And technically, according to the decimals, nones are number one. New on the Point of Inquiry podcast: Jim Underdown interviews climate expert …

Miserable for a Few Days
March 21, 2019 ·


Pakistan convicts two men, including local government official Arif Khan, for their role in the murder of Mashal Khan, the student who was killed by an angry mob over trumped-up blasphemy accusations in 2017. And what role did these two fellows who will now go to prison until they die play? Reuters reports: The court …

Utterly Useless but Readily Available
March 20, 2019 ·


Hey look at this! Ron Lindsay, our former boss, is now a novelist! He’s just published The Lost Song of Goliath, the story of David and Goliath told from the big guy’s perspective. From the official description: Goliath’s story has not yet been told, although he is a literary character begging for an author to …

Drawers Full of Unbent Silverware
March 19, 2019 ·


It’s release day for The Four Horsemen book, the transcript of the 2007 conversation between Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, and Harris, with new essays by the surviving participants and a foreword by Stephen Fry. Proceeds benefit the Center for Inquiry, so buy many, many copies. The State Department inexplicably barred media outlets from a press briefing …

Abuse of Deaf Students by Nuns Recounted in ‘Free Inquiry’
March 18, 2019

Press Releases

Several decades of crimes against children under the auspices of the Catholic Church have finally begun to come to light. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, we are reminded that some of those crimes reach depths of depravity that confounds our already shocked consciences, with accounts of nuns as well as priests committing …

Excessive Entanglement Prongs
March 18, 2019 ·


The Seventh Circuit Court says parsonage tax exemptions are just fine, reversing a lower court’s decision in a case brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Regarding the “Lemon test’s” third “excessive entanglement prong” for church-state cases, the court said the exemption “has a secular legislative purpose, its principal effect is neither to endorse nor …

Statement on the Mosque Shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand
March 15, 2019

News

We are one species, one global human civilization, and we rise or fall together. We choose reason over rage and empathy over bigotry. We choose critical thinking and compassionate hearts. The people of the Center for Inquiry, all around the world, stand in defiance and condemnation of the violence and hatred that took the lives …

Humanity in Retrograde
March 15, 2019 ·


You know what happened. In Christchurch, New Zealand, at least 49 people have been murdered in a terrorist attack on two mosques. At least 48 additional people have been hospitalized for gunshot wounds. Several people are implicated with having roles in the attack, but the most attention is being focused on one man who apparently …