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Trump Budget Backs Discriminatory Religious Adoption Providers at Children’s Expense
March 12, 2019

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A provision of President Trump’s budget proposal that would permit government-funded adoption and foster care providers to discriminate based on religion is a cruel pander to the religious right, said the Center for Inquiry, denouncing the provision for placing religious beliefs over the needs of vulnerable children. A line item in the budget for the Department …

Anticipation of a Bad Smell
March 12, 2019 ·


The Trump administration is looking to hack and slash away at science and dump funds into voucher schemes in its 2020 budget request, and we’re not okay with that: “Crippling the country’s ability to conduct scientific research is always a bad idea, but these cuts at this time in our history show an astounding lack …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019

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Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …

Paul is Wrong
March 11, 2019 ·


In one of the smartest takes I’ve yet heard on either topic on its own, former CFI president Ron Lindsay shows how “grandfathering” religious monuments into a secular context is just as problematic and wrongheaded as doing the same for Confederate monuments: … the possibility that no thought was given to the message these monuments …

Universal Cosmic Something
March 8, 2019 ·


A new Point of Inquiry episode has been injected into the veins of your podcatcher and will inoculate your brain from ignorance. I may be overstating things somewhat, but only somewhat, because Kavin Senapathy brings us New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer and Vaccinator Supreme Paul Offit, both straight from CSICon Las Vegas. For …

Fist Bumping Asteroids
March 6, 2019 ·


Today in vaccines! The teenager who got himself vaccinated against his mother’s wishes told a Senate committee that his mom got her wacky ideas from—you’ll never guess—Facebook. For the mom’s part, she says, “I didn’t agree with anything [my son] said. They’ve made him the poster child for the pharmaceutical industry.” That’s gotta be a …

Polysyllabic Wad
March 5, 2019 ·


The Supreme Court correctly declines to hear a case from New Jersey about taxpayer funding of the historical preservation of churches. CNN reports: The court decision to stay out of the dispute is a loss for the churches and leaves in place a decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court that held the denial of …

Anti-vax Minibosses
March 4, 2019 ·


Mo’ Momo, mo’ problems. CFI’s Bed Radford stands ready to bring some sanity to communities gripped by fear of the “suicide game” that is actually an internet hoax. So much anti-vaxxer stuff today! SO MUCH! 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger, who got himself vaccinated against his anti-vax parents’ wishes, will now testify before the Senate Health Committee …

Expert in Online Hoaxes Offers to Calm Fears of “Momo” Suicide Game
March 1, 2019

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A viral internet hoax is causing panic among parents and educators, terrified that kids are being lured into self-harm and suicide by a creature called “Momo.” Benjamin Radford, an expert in folklore and urban legends is offering to calm the fears of adults and children by talking to classes about the truth behind the Momo …

For the Sake of the Collective
March 1, 2019 ·


Holy crap, this “Momo” thing. Similar to the Blue Whale game, it’s some internet lore where this unbearably horrific looking Momo character convinces kids to kill themselves. (I can barely glimpse the thing without wanting to kill myself, so there’s that twinge of plausibility there.) Except of course it’s never happened. Benjamin Radford has an …