Something a Serial Killer Would Say
January 17, 2020


The Trump administration says it’s going to remove Obama-era protections from discrimination for organizations getting federal funding, all in the name of “religious liberty,” and will, in effect, intimidate public schools over whether they are friendly to prayer in school and allowing religious groups to have access to school facilities. It’s a big, stinking, bucket …

The Aura of Edginess
January 16, 2020


Good morning! Let’s feel bad. New Jersey’s legislature gave into anti-vaxxer pressure and scuttled a bill to end religious exemptions. (They say they’ll try again.) Gallup releases dispiriting numbers about the public acceptance of vaccines, as reported by Gizmodo: Only 84 percent of people agreed that childhood vaccination was extremely or very important, the poll …

I Can’t Hear You, I Have Seeds in My Ears
January 15, 2020


I’m back, after a Flu to End All Flus. A Paulfluenza. Influenzageddon. Fluclear bomb. Anyway, it was bad. CFI is joining with American Atheists, Black Nonbelievers, and Ex-Muslims of North America in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging them not to further inflate the scope of RFRA by using it as a means …

Unprotected Fighting Words
January 9, 2020


On the latest episode of our podcast Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to Ian Ruskin, the actor and playwright who may be familiar to many in our community for his one-person play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine. GQ has a big piece on scam psychics and how private …

The Gaps Are So Big
January 8, 2020


So I thought we were suddenly at war, and then it seemed like maybe we weren’t, and I just don’t know what’s going on, which I think puts me in the same position as pretty much everyone else on Earth. Ryan Burge takes a novel look at the political positions of the major political parties …

Privileged Guinea Pigs
January 7, 2020


The latest Skeptical Inquirer cover story is now free to read online, where a panel of experts weighs on pseudoscience in kids’ psychotherapy. Plus, if you want to make the internet trolls really mad, let them know you’re reading the piece by Jeanne Goldberg that praises the activism of young people like Time Person of …

Cascade of Catastrophes
January 6, 2020


To those who get excited about the changing of digits in the tens place, happy new decade! To those who bristle at the idea that the first “decade” of the Common Era had only nine years in it (there was no “Year 0”), happy new year! To those who don’t care either way, oh look …

Seeping Sniping
December 27, 2019


U.N. experts are calling on Pakistan to overturn the blasphemy conviction of Junaid Hafeez, which carries a death sentence. Reuters reports: In 2013 students at the university where Hafeez taught accused him of making blasphemous Facebook posts. Insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, which is about 95% Muslim. His lawyers …

An Artificial and Disenchanted World
December 26, 2019


The very small fire set by Christianity Today‘s anti-Trump editorial spreads to the Christian Post, where political editor Napp Nazworth resigns when his website chooses to attack Christianity Today. The Washington Post reports: Nazworth, who has been critical of Trump and suggested leaders who supported him have “traded their moral authority,” said he doesn’t know …

The Selfish Get to Live as Angels, and All Good People Will Be Damned
December 24, 2019


Amanda Marcotte explains how the word “Christian,” when used by today’s conservatives, has little to do with faith, and a lot to do with whiteness: Trump has simply revealed the large majority of white evangelical Christians for who they are: Not people motivated by sincere faith, but people who see “Christian” primarily as an identity …