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How the Nones Can Become a Political Powerhouse, in the Latest “Free Inquiry”
May 14, 2019

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The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—are now in a three-way tie with Catholics and evangelicals for the largest “belief” group in America, but you’d never know it by looking at election returns and exit polls. Not all Nones are nonbelievers, but they do share many common values and a refusal to submit to anyone’s …

It Dances Around Timidly
May 14, 2019 ·


SB 276 in California would attempt to put the kibosh on doctors handing out medically unnecessary vaccination exemptions to patients whose objections are purely (and this is a generous use of the term) philosophical, so of course, the propaganda pushback is intense. The San Jose Mercury News reports in its lede that opponents are “spreading …

There is a Lot of Garbage Out There
May 13, 2019 ·


In The New York Times, Catie Edmonson looks at how the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House is upending some of the old ways of doing things, such as using gender-neutral titles, no longer using plastic bottles for water at hearings, and most relevant to us, making “so help me God” an optional tag …

Slightly Bemused Observations
May 10, 2019 ·


Sixty percent of Americans now say they are willing to vote for an atheist for president, according to Gallup, which is a 2-point bump from 2015. Meh. Hypothetical Muslim candidates got a big 6-point lift from 60 to 66 percent, and evangelicals just keep cleaning up, going from a whopping 73 percent to am even …

Make the Case for Your Sorcery
May 9, 2019 ·


Max Boot at The Washington Post says it’s time for an unapologetic atheist President of the United States, to which I say, Hallelujah! Boot writes: We’ve had closeted freethinkers as president but never one who was out and proud. Thomas Jefferson, a deist who rejected the divinity of Christ, bridled when he was called an atheist …

He’s a Little Itchy
May 8, 2019 ·


Free Inquiry has a special anonymous article by a man who was forced to flee with is wife, first from Pakistan and then from Sri Lanka, because of the religious extremism and violence: Terrorism has succeeded in creating an anarchy in Sri Lanka. People don’t know how to get their anger out and on whom, …

Not Wanting to Be Tricked
May 7, 2019 ·


Erika Ryan at CNN looks at the effort to enact this key part of the religious right’s “Project Blitz” playbook: Bible “literacy” classes (One thing I am sure the religious right is absolutely not concerned about is literacy): While advocates for such classes believe students ought to be able to learn about the Bible’s influence …

This is the Song That Never Ends
May 6, 2019 ·


More despair for you today: Even though there has been more attention on bills to end religious exemptions for vaccinations, it seems that measures that allow for exemptions are actually gaining ground. Yes, that’s right! Things are getting worse! CNN reports: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, at least 20 states have introduced bills …

Horrible Thoughts, Words, and Deeds
May 3, 2019 ·


Trump announces new “conscience rules” for health care providers which, as you have probably already guessed, lets health workers and institutions refuse services and patients because of whatever it is they imagine Jesus doesn’t approve of. It’s blatantly awful. We said so: “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be …

HHS “Conscience Rule” Places Religious Privilege above Patients, says Center for Inquiry
May 2, 2019

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President Trump’s newly announced “conscience rule” granting religious exemptions to taxpayer-funded health care workers and organizations was condemned by the Center for Inquiry today for putting religious privilege over the best interests of patients and green-lighting discrimination against marginalized communities. “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be the welfare …