Keeping Churches Open Will Damn Us All
April 2, 2020


The American obsession with giving privilege to religion is rearing its head in these times of global pandemics and mandatory social distancing. As more and more states (39 at the current count) have implemented stay-at-home orders, a dangerous number of them have excluded houses of worship and religious services from their restrictions. Let one thing …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020


Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

Equatorial Misinformation Misadventures
February 19, 2020

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Last month I was editing a piece by Rob Palmer (perhaps better known as “The Well-Known Skeptic”) on the subject of misinformation he encountered in the middle of the world. Or, put another way, bogus information on the equator in Ecuador (a country named after the equator). I had a particular interest in the topic, …

Watching as the Supreme Court Vandalizes the Wall of Separation
January 22, 2020


The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, marking what seems likely to be the next stage in the brick by brick dismantling Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. While waiting for the transcript of the oral arguments (and it seems possible that may …

Burning Books with God’s Wrath
October 25, 2019


Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen. Where they burn books, they will, in the end, burn human beings.– Heinrich Heine, Almansor Fire, and its destructive capacity, has a special place in human psychology. It represents both a tool that when harnessed properly played a critical role in the development of civilization, …

What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019


…Gorsuch will almost certainly taketh away. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a series of cases all focused on one particular issue – does Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community? Like many cases that come before the Supreme Court bench, there’s …

A Report from Secular Coalition’s Annual Lobby Day
October 1, 2019


Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Secular Coalition for America’s (SCA) annual lobby day. Approximately ninety attendees flew in from across the United States to give voice to the concerns of America’s ever-increasing nonreligious population. Before the attendees were dispatched to meet with their representatives, I delivered a presentation on …

The Problem with The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
August 2, 2019


In the course of doing background research for my last article covering alternative beliefs, it was puzzling, to say the least, to find out that there is a federal agency in the United States dedicated to alternative medicine. Perhaps more remarkably, it falls under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health and receives in …

Homeopathy in the House
July 19, 2019


Homeopathy isn’t discussed much in the halls of Congress. So when last month, a pro-homeopathy amendment was considered on the House floor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to peek at the man behind the congressional curtain. Our longtime supporters will recall that, in 2015, former CFI Director of Government Affairs Michael DeDora …

A Judicial Giant Has Died
July 17, 2019


The Center for Inquiry, as should all people of goodwill, mourns the July 16th passing of retired United States Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, at the age of 99. He was appointed to the Court by Republican President Ford in 1975, upon the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. Back then, the political climate …