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Sing a Song of Cryogenics
December 21, 2018


The Pope shakes his fist at the sexual abusers of children his church has worked so hard to make comfortable: To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice. … Let it be clear that before these abominations the Church will spare no …

Mindless Computation
December 20, 2018


The Catholic dioceses in Illinois are accused by the state’s attorney general of withholding the names of at least 500 priests accused of child sexual abuse. The dioceses had previously disclosed the names of only 185, which is mind-boggling to begin with. Meanwhile, in Middletown, New York, Rev. Donald G. Timone is preaching and leading mass at St. …

Great Mind, Mighty Fists
December 19, 2018


The New York Times has a major feature on how climate change is screwing with the Galápagos Islands: As climate change warms the world’s oceans, these islands are a crucible. And scientists are worried. Not only do the Galápagos sit at the intersection of three ocean currents, they are in the cross hairs of one of the …

Insert Coming Disaster Here
December 18, 2018


According to VICE, a 16-year-old immigrant came to the United States after being raped by a group of men and becoming pregnant as a result. Seeking to have an abortion, the girl was instead sent to an anti-abortion counseling facility and given Bible verses. Smart Pakem, the Indonesian government’s app for reporting heresy to the …

Unbundled
December 14, 2018


Michael Gerson: Republican, conservative, former George W. Bush speechwriter, humanist. Wait, what? Most Western societies, including the United States, have reached the stage of secularism without humanism. Our greatest efforts are spent on getting and keeping. Our defining creed is consumerism. … What we need is a revival of humanism. This need not be secular humanism …

If You Want to Put On a Diaper
December 13, 2018


Yesterday I told you about CFI West’s Independent Investigations Group and their star turn on National Geographic Explorer as they showed how flat-Earthers are flat wrong. In Skeptical Inquirer, CFI West’s Jim Underdown documents the experience and considers the implications of the flat-Earth movement: There was a certain irony to many flat earthers using some …

National Geographic TV Taps CFI’s Independent Investigations Group to Rebut Flat-Earthers
December 12, 2018

News

Axial tilt is the reason for the season, but for far, far too many Americans, our Pale Blue Dot is a two-dimensional one. This week, National Geographic Explorer covered the flabbergasting (and to skeptics, deeply frustrating) phenomenon of the Flat Earth movement. “We’re not monkeys floating on a ball in space,” asserted one flat-Earth believer. And to …

It Seems To Be Expanding
December 12, 2018


Last night, National Geographic Explorer exposed the bananapants world of flat-Earthers, and turned to CFI West’s Independent Investigations Group and their director Jim Underdown to make clear that, yes, the planet we live on really is spherical. Check it out at about the 11-minute mark. Ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom …

Supernatural Tactics
December 11, 2018


The American Humanist Association works with Lake Research Partners to produce a survey that purports to show that atheism isn’t the candidacy-killer it once was. There are a some qualifications to be made, of course: For prochoice, pro-marriage-equality Democratic voters, fully 74 percent of whom saying a candidate being “not religious” or “agnostic” would make …

Full-On Frollicking
December 10, 2018


Happy 70th birthday to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tom Gjelten at NPR reflects on the audaciousness of the document and reminds us that its existence is largely thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt. The United States joins forces with our old buddies Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait to thwart the adoption of the UN’s major report …