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Meaningless Charms
September 4, 2018


Pope “I will not say a word about this” Francis will still not say a word about this, with “this” of course referring to the massive sex abuse scandal that is worse than we imagined. When the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska was the only U.S. church that refused to take part in annual reviews …

So Foul and Fair a Day I Have Not Seen
August 31, 2018


A judge in Texas rules that the defamation suit against Alex Jones by Sandy Hook parents can proceed, rejecting Jones’s attempts to have the case dismissed. Really only one man knows the Truth. Trump! Ashley Parker at the Post reports on “Trump’s ongoing effort to create a reality where he is firmly at the center …

Dying in a Frozen Heap
August 30, 2018


Pew Research invents a new typology for religious belief, using their survey data to sort folks into one of seven categories. Our constituency likely rests primarily within the “Solidly Secular” (obviously) and a little bit “Religion Resisters” (aka “spiritual but not religious”). “Sunday Stalwarts” are the true believers, and the scarier ones are the less-churchy …

Quickly and Violently and Violently. There’s Violence.
August 29, 2018


Trump tells the guests at his closed-door dinner with evangelical leaders how awesome he is, and warns that he alone can ensure that they keep their ill-gotten gains. It’s ugly. NBC News reports: “The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable. … This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not …

There is a Lot That Can Be Done Through Psychiatry
August 28, 2018


Paula White, Ralph Reed, and other Christian supremacist leaders join Donald Pouty-Face Trump for dinner at the White House where he makes things pretty plain: Trump tells the evangelical leaders their support “has been incredible,” but says he doesn’t don’t feel guilty “because I have given you a lot back.” Hey y’all, CSICon 2018 is …

Catastrophe, Chaos, Collapse
August 27, 2018


Due to dust storms and blistering cold on Mars, Opportunity may soon be dead. That is just packed full of big, honking metaphors, right there. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, claims that Pope Frances knew about the allegations of sexual abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick well before they …

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August 24, 2018


She-Who-Interviews-Everybody, the indefatigable Susan Gerbic, finally gets some coverage of her own, as she is profiled for her skeptic activism by Voices of Monterey Bay: To Gerbic, skepticism is a balancing force in the universe. Why? She won’t say it aloud, but human beings can be a gullible, unquestioning, witless lot. Waving logic aside, we …

Inevitably Corrosive
August 23, 2018


Because it doesn’t quite fall under the CFI wheelhouse, I haven’t written anything about the various indictments and convictions going on in the orbit of Trump (a gas giant with an incredible gravitational pull for all sorts of cosmic debris), but this bit about Duncan Hunter Jr. is RIPE: Turns out the alleged serial violator …

Celebrating Freethought History at the Ingersoll Museum’s 25th Anniversary Conference
August 22, 2018

News

More than ninety people attended the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum Silver Anniversary Celebration this past weekend, August 18 and 19, where attendees connected with west-central New York State’s vibrant history of reason and reform. Saturday was devoted to lectures and a banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, where speakers included CFI president …

Put on Tights and Hobnob with Zeus
August 22, 2018


It won’t surprise you to know that there’s overlap between belief in creationism and belief in conspiracy theories, and now research led by Pascal Wagner-Egger at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland begins to explain why. They key? Teleological thinking. Kimberly Hickok at LiveScience reports: Teleology describes a way of thinking that rejects scientific reasoning but instead …