Contributions

We Had All Sorts of Hats
November 12, 2018


Before we get into the news, I want to encourage everyone, especially parents of young kids, to check out the Netflix series Brainchild. Think of it as a kind of Bill Nye the Science Guy meets The Electric Company meets Adam Ruins Everything. It’s so good. The host, Sahana Srinivasan, is excellent, and it has …

Bears Pose a Hazard to Health
November 9, 2018


Oooooooooh crap. The new Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, seems to think that the Bible supersedes the law: Natural law often times is used from the eye of the beholder and what I would like to see — I’d like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? …

Round Electrons and Dust Moons
November 8, 2018


Okay, I understand that there is a lot going on in the news right now, all of which is deeply consequential, but, people, wake up: Earth has two additional dust-cloud moons!!! And they’re huge! I mean…I mean…come on!!! Dust moons!!! Jeff Sessions gets the boot. No word on whether the Religious Liberty Task Force laid …

Existentially Muddled
November 7, 2018


So midterms election night was something of a pinball game for the brain, what with one’s head being knocked around, left and right, up and down, never quite knowing what was going to happen. As Claire Malone at FiveThirtyEight rightly points out, “the 2018 midterm elections were without a cohesive narrative”: Instead, the election was …

Texas Secular Wedding Celebrants Challenge Religious Privilege in Solemnizing Marriages
November 6, 2018

Press Releases

In a lawsuit filed Monday with a U.S. District Court, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) is challenging Texas’s marriage law, which limits the authority to solemnize marriages to clergy and certain government officials. By granting this unconstitutional privilege to religion, the state is denying its nonreligious residents the opportunity to have their unions formalized by a …

If They Do Not Yield
November 6, 2018


Happy Election Day, the day when we all gather around our cable news campfires and talk about how things could have possibly gone so badly. Here’s a roundup from Hemant Mehta of the nonreligious candidates running all over the country and Business Insider has the lucky-13 scientists running for Congress. Our policy guy Jason Lemieux …

The Spiritual Host of Wickedness
November 5, 2018


I’m back. Lucky you. First, just enjoy the crap out of this faux-documentary on “the migration of the skeptic” from QEDcon by Sir David Attenborough. It’s magnificent. It’s the day before Election Day and I don’t think you’re frightened enough. So here’s Katherine Stewart (The Good News Club author) in the New York Times on the …

CFI fears Supreme Court will use Maryland Cross case to breach wall of separation
November 5, 2018

Press Releases

In an ominous sign that the wall between government and religion may soon be dismantled, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) expressed its alarm that the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear an appeal involving a Christian war memorial on public land.

Trump Officials Callously Using Pittsburgh Massacre to Demonize Nonreligious, Advance Christian Privilege
October 30, 2018

Press Releases

The Trump administration’s response to the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history has been disgraceful, said the Center for Inquiry, taking the president and his lieutenants to task for their eagerness to falsely assign blame to the nonreligious. On Saturday, a white nationalist, radicalized Christian man massacred eleven Jewish men and women at …

Big Discounts on Curse-Lifting
October 30, 2018


If it’s not already clear as to why Trump has not yet fired Jeff Sessions, who he obviously hates, it’s probably because so many of Trump’s backers just love this. NBC News reports: After the nation’s highest court ruled last year that states cannot refuse all financial aid to churches, Sessions said Monday that the …