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Erroneous Views
July 1, 2020


After a couple of surprisingly good Supreme Court decisions, everyone here knew that the big shoe was going to drop and, you know, squash secularism. And squash it did. In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled 5-4 that taxpayers can be made to subsidize religious schools. USA Today covered …

Secular Advocates Denounce Supreme Court Decision Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Religious Schooling
June 30, 2020

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry condemned today’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue for forcing American taxpayers to pay for religious indoctrination, gutting the protections in both the United States Constitution and in No Aid Provisions of three-quarters of state constitutions that forbid the use of taxpayer dollars for religious purposes. …

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Bzzzzz!
June 30, 2020


Yet another surprise positive outcome from an otherwise-hostile Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Court stuck down Louisiana’s draconian anti-abortion law, due to Chief Justice Roberts siding with the reality-based justices. Roberts’s reasoning was technical, but we’ll take it. The Post reports: “The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases …

The Desire to Be Liked
June 29, 2020


Self Sabotage This is not a good look. Before President Trump’s big comeback rally-turned-disaster in Tulsa, his campaign had workers remove all stickers and signage telling attendees to socially distance. The Post reports: As part of its safety plan, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers for Trump’s rally, intended to keep people apart by …

The Devil’s Trying to Give Me the Flu!
June 26, 2020


Did you know that the paranormal-investigating Independent Investigations Group is now the CFI Investigations Group? Did you know they offered $100,000 to anyone who could prove under testing conditions that they have paranormal or supernatural powers? Did you know that the prize has been bumped up to $250,000? It’s possible you didn’t know any of …

Prove Your Paranormal Powers and Win $250,000 from the CFI Investigations Group
June 26, 2020

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Can you read other people’s thoughts? Can you move objects with your mind? Can you predict the future? More to the point, can you prove it? If you can, the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group will give you $250,000.  For two decades, CFIIG has offered those who profess to have supernatural, paranormal, or occult abilities the opportunity to definitively …

Dubious Ideological History
June 25, 2020


Humanists International have put out their latest report on the persecution faced by nonbelievers around the world, Humanists At Risk: Action Report 2020. They write: Humanists and atheists face intimidation, threats, arrest and prosecution, and even death, for sharing their views on social media. For some, while challenging legislation is important in the long-term, their …

Crumbling Across the Board
June 24, 2020


The Pompeo Circumstance Pranshu Verma at the New York Times has an important report on the anxiety-inducing activities of the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and his new “Commission on Unalienable Rights”: Human rights scholars have criticized the panel, saying it is filled with conservatives intent on promoting views against abortion and marriage equality. …

The Challenge of Being a Living, Thinking Person
June 23, 2020


Trumpgnostic Take the time to today to read Jeff Sharlet’s Vanity Fair piece on the people who go to Trump rallies, which leads to the inescapable conclusion that calling the Trump following a “cult” is an understatement. It’s a gnostic religion: “The Great Awakening?” I say, referring to a Q meme she’s searching for on …

A Breakdown in Normal Processes
June 22, 2020


Highway to the Danger Phase The World Health Organization says COVID-19 is entering a “new and dangerous phase,” as though the old phase was so pleasant. The Times reports: In Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Arizona, daily counts of new coronavirus cases reached their highest levels of the pandemic this week. Texas, which has seen …