A Break from Oblivion
August 16, 2018


Jack Phillips, the Masterpiece Cakeshop guy who likes to discriminate against gays, is suing once again because he also likes to discriminate against transgender folks, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission JUST WON’T LET HIM RELIGIOUS-LIBERTIZE. CFI’s own Nick Little confronts the systemic implications of the soul-sickening revelations about child sex abuse in the Pennsylvania Catholic …

Blimp Possibilities
August 15, 2018


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania releases a conscience-shocking report that details 70 years of more than 300 priests and their sexual abuse of more than 1000 victims. The grand jury report says, plainly, “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they …

From the Ludicrous to the Abhorrent
August 14, 2018


Why let the Justice Department have all the fun of enforcing religiously-based bigotry defending religious liberty? The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs has issued a directive that will allow for more religious exemptions to anti-discrimination law. David Anderson at Democracy Chronicles praises our lawsuit against CVS over homeopathy: Central to the …

Running with Pigs
August 13, 2018


Ben Yagoda at The Atlantic explores cognitive biases and logical fallacies, and looks into ways we might be able to overcome them. Sometimes. A little bit. Speaking of which, about a third of adults think they know more about the causes of autism than scientists and physicians, according to a new study. Relatedly, Burt Bacharach …

Credibility Rake
August 10, 2018


Get comfortable, everybody. It’s going to be a long one today. Good thing it’s Friday and you’re probably not working very hard anyway. I’ve been looking forward to this: Robert Blaskiewicz weighs in on the QAnon cult-of-conspiracy for Skeptical Inquirer: The Pizzagate-style focus on violent crimes against children is an extension of an old, old scare …

Admiral Vindictive
August 9, 2018


We already know that to be religiously unaffiliated (aka a “none”) does not necessarily equate to nonbelief or atheism. So then why aren’t they part of a faith group? Pew Research digs up some fascinating answers. For example, about half of nones say it’s because of churches’ positions on social and political issues. About a …

Lively Experiments
August 8, 2018


At Skeptical Inquirer, Stuart Vyse looks at how the baseless practice of “facilitated communication” for autism patients made a comeback in recent years, only to face renewed scrutiny and pushback from the scientific community. However, Stuart writes, “Despite these few glimmers of light on the side of science and reason, the current state of the …

Undervaluing the Abstract
August 7, 2018


According to new data from PRRI, there has been a small increase in the percentage of Americans who believe that discrimination against LGBTQ Americans is okay if it’s based on someone’s religious beliefs. It’s up 3 points from last year just among Democrats. The Dallas Observer profiles Bob Nygard, a private investigator who targets con …

Popesplaining
August 6, 2018


Facebook takes down four Alex Jones/Infowars pages from its service for repeatedly violating hate speech and bullying policies. Apple has also taken all five Alex Jones podcasts off its podcast directory, which is by far the most popular podcast service, and Spotify has removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show. Speaking of Jones, Keith …

Clever Hostile Propaganda
August 3, 2018


Podcast provider Stitcher drops Alex Jones from their service. HA HA HA HA! Stitcher said in a statement: We have reviewed Alex Jones’ podcasts and found he had, on multiple occasions, harassed or allowed harassment of private individuals and organizations, and that harassment has led listeners of the show to engage in similar harassment and …