Contributions

Crowbars and Horseshoe Crabs
September 8, 2020


WSJ: Here’s why SARS-CoV-2 is such a tough nut for scientists to crack. “The coronavirus pries the cells open with a molecular structure called a spike protein that it uses like a crowbar to force entry.” Big Pharma has concluded that Trump’s vaccine promises are not good for consumer confidence, and therefore not good for …

Legislating Sanity
September 4, 2020


The AP reports on the horrors endured by Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in China’s Xinjiang region as the government enforces not only draconian “lockdown” measures, but forced pseudoscientific medication. Hard to read without needing to lie down. Peter Hamblin at The Atlantic: The administration’s reliance on herd immunity is “a contradiction in terms” and …

Traditionally Mask-uline (Get It?)
September 3, 2020


Carl Zimmer and Katie Thomas at NYT round up what is known about the CDC’s claim that states need to get ready for a COVID-19 vaccine by next month. The timing, of course, feels suspicious. The CDC is being flooded with angry calls from folks who believe a QAnon lie, boosted by the president, that …

Awkward, Contradictory, and Self-Defeating
September 2, 2020


Let’s just open with this glorious, shining gem of a lede from Newsweek: Two flat-Earthers were forced to quarantine after trying to reach “the end of the world” during Italy’s lockdown. Wait, wait, it gets better: Salvatore Zichichi, a doctor of the maritime health office of the Ministry of Health who helped the pair after …

Say No More
September 1, 2020


At the CFI blog: Ben Radford digs into the panic over rumors about “zip tie abductions” spread on social media. September 10 at 7pm ET: Skeptical Inquirer Presents features Seema Yasmin on “Viral BS” and medical myths. Register here. French satire publication Charlie Hebdo is reprinting the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that it published …

No Sleep for the Pious
August 31, 2020


According to a study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, atheists get better sleep than the religious. This is ironic, because I sleep terribly overslept this morning, which is why the Heresy is so late today. The video of the Skeptical Inquirer Presents event with Carol Tavris on cognitive dissonance is now online. I …

Jiggery-Pokery Redux
August 28, 2020


Yes, yes, the president said a bunch of stuff last night. But take a look at this. SHABAM: For the second time in a week, a federal judge issued a blistering ruling against a controversial rule by Betsy DeVos’s Education Department that directs states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid …

A Valiant Ford
August 27, 2020


This will wake you up. CNN: White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was undergoing surgery and not in the August 20 task force meeting for the discussion on updated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19, even …

An Aggressive Yank
August 26, 2020


New York Times: Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, is still in custody for blasphemy and no one has seen him since his arrest. Plus, “Other nonbelievers are worried that these same lawyers are drawing up a list of other Nigerian atheists to be prosecuted and that more arrests may be coming.” …

CFI Applauds Virginia for Rejecting Religious “Get Out of COVID Vaccine Free” Card
August 25, 2020

Press Releases

Today, lawmakers in Virginia acted to protect public health and uphold secular principles by rejecting legislation that would have created a dangerous and medically unjustifiable religious exemption to emergency immunization orders issued during a public health emergency.  Alerted to the bill’s introduction during a special emergency session of the Virginia State Legislature to address the …