Not Near Enough
June 20, 2018


Trump pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley called the Council a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” I know you are, Ambassador, but what am I? In a rare, and I mean ever-so-rare bit of good news, the Collier County School Board in Naples, …

This Somber Wilderness of Rotting Paper
June 19, 2018


The Southern Poverty Law Center reverses itself and apologizes to Maajid Nawaz for including him on a list of anti-Muslim extremists, and has paid Nawaz’s organization the Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million to fund their work. SPLC president Richard Cohen writes: Among those who contacted us were human rights advocates affiliated with the United Nations who …

Say This With Pain
June 18, 2018


As the Trump administration uses the Bible to defend its policy of separating migrant children from their families, we call a big, big foul: Just imagine for a moment if an Attorney General cited the Quran as the basis for the Department of Justice’s detainment policies, or the Hindu Vedas, or even Dianetics or Harry …

Wow. Really Bible. Very Romans.
June 15, 2018


Unsurprisingly, yet horrifyingly, Jeff Sessions uses the Bible to justify separating immigrant parents from their children: Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has …

Subpoena That Cat
June 14, 2018


Wow, yesterday was busy. Settle in, folks. Let’s say you’re a state. Not like a state of matter like a liquid or a gas, but a political and geographic entity within a federal republic, like, for example, the United States of America, just to name one at random. If you, the state in question—and for …

God of the Gap-Teeth
June 13, 2018


Once again, a repeal of the Johnson Amendment is being snuck into a “must-pass” appropriations bill. Hemant notes: The Center For Inquiry, rightly opposing this move, is already urging members to take action by contacting their representatives. They also signed on to a letter yesterday, along with 144 other groups, urging the House Appropriations Committee …

Ooze Through the Cracks
June 12, 2018


Almost as though it was meant to dampen the feeling of inspiration from Bonya Ahmed’s TEDx talk, Shahzahan Bachchu, an atheist poet and publisher in Bangladesh, was dragged out from a store by two assailants and shot in the street. Hemant writes: Asif Mohiuddin, an atheist who was attacked by extremists in 2013, told a …

A Particular Splinter
June 11, 2018


I was traveling last week in order to face the withering scrutiny of the CFI Board of Directors, and since I haven’t been fired yet (yet!), I’m now back to catch up on many days of news. (There was so much, I had to declare Google Alerts Bankruptcy.) One of my heroes, Bonya Ahmed, has …

Chick-fil-EPA
June 6, 2018


Our legal director Nick Little tries to suss out what the hell happened in the SCOTUS Cakeshop case, and sort of assures us that “the decision is bad, and the future is murky. But the sky hasn’t fallen. Yet.” In Free Inquiry, Tom Flynn reminds us that freethought’s history is not just something that slipped …

Ostracized and Unworthy
June 5, 2018


Cakeshop. UGH. The Supreme-ish Court says the Colorado Civil Rights Commission botched the case by showing “hostility” toward the religious beliefs of the cakeshop-guy-who-doesn’t-like-the-gays, more or less forcing the process to start over. But it also means that the couple at the center of the case, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, have lost for now. As …