Contributions

Seeping Sniping
December 27, 2019


U.N. experts are calling on Pakistan to overturn the blasphemy conviction of Junaid Hafeez, which carries a death sentence. Reuters reports: In 2013 students at the university where Hafeez taught accused him of making blasphemous Facebook posts. Insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, which is about 95% Muslim. His lawyers …

An Artificial and Disenchanted World
December 26, 2019


The very small fire set by Christianity Today‘s anti-Trump editorial spreads to the Christian Post, where political editor Napp Nazworth resigns when his website chooses to attack Christianity Today. The Washington Post reports: Nazworth, who has been critical of Trump and suggested leaders who supported him have “traded their moral authority,” said he doesn’t know …

Pseudoscience in Children’s Psychotherapy: Skeptical Inquirer Tackles Dubious Claims
December 24, 2019

Press Releases

Well-meaning parents can endanger their children when they are fooled by the false promises of pseudoscientific “natural” alternative medicine and the fears stoked by anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, and this is no less true when it comes to mental health. The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine of science and reason, assembles of roster of experts …

The Selfish Get to Live as Angels, and All Good People Will Be Damned
December 24, 2019


Amanda Marcotte explains how the word “Christian,” when used by today’s conservatives, has little to do with faith, and a lot to do with whiteness: Trump has simply revealed the large majority of white evangelical Christians for who they are: Not people motivated by sincere faith, but people who see “Christian” primarily as an identity …

I Know Windmills Very Much
December 23, 2019


Since I finally got to see Rise of Skywalker last night (it was really good and fun and not perfect!) I’ll lead with Tara Isabella Burton’s piece on how we are all Jedi now: [Religiously unaffiliated] Americans aren’t, of course, becoming literal Jedis. But we hardly need to carry a light saber to find ourselves …

Besmirching Prevaricators
December 19, 2019


The president says he in in full support of the separation of church and state, and opposes measures that would weaken it. Oh, I’m sorry, I should clarify. The president of Mexico said this. I can see why you might have been confused. The AP reports: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he does …

Texas Secular Celebrant Case Appealed to Fifth Circuit
December 19, 2019

Press Releases

Center for Inquiry Seeks Equal Treatment for Nonreligious Wedding Officiants Nonreligious couples in Texas deserve the same right enjoyed by their religious neighbors; the choice to have their marriages solemnized by an officiant who represents their life stance and beliefs. Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court denied this right, a decision now being appealed …

Interactions with Incorrect Ideas
December 18, 2019


Pope Francis ends the “pontifical secrecy” rule that keeps everything involving sexual abuse investigations under wraps, and will now make documents and information available to “lawful authorities” upon request. We shall see. Here we go again. Okay, okay, I know we said that blue light from screens is the worst and will absolutely ruin your …

Shalom with Legs
December 17, 2019


The Washington Post seems to be in a sort of grief state over climate change. (Me too!) I mean, look at the opening of its editorial: Think back only four years. A U.S. president was committed to American global leadership and honesty about climate change. At a conference center in Paris, after decades of frustrated …

You Should Not Be a Physician
December 16, 2019


Saudi Arabia has had secularist blogger and activist Raif Badawi in prison for what amounts to blasphemy charges for almost as long as I’ve worked here. In 2015 he was formally sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes, among other things. He’s gotten 50 of those lashes, but his health has been so …