Containing What Appeared to Be Blood
September 16, 2019 ·


The big news for us from last week is that we got ourselves a new member of the CFI Board of Directors: Julia Sweeney! Here’s what Board Chair Eddie Tabash said about it: With the degree to which atheists have been and still are society’s most unjustly despised minority, Julia Sweeney has shown remarkable courage …

Peanut Oil Pooling in Your Brain
September 13, 2019 ·


Socioanalitica Research surveys nonreligious Americans on their political preferences, showing that a mere 13 percent support Trump, but the rest are all split up among a generic Democratic candidate, a third party candidate, and “unsure.” Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times says the conservatives that dominate the Supreme Court are in an “unusual dialogue” …

The Sweat-Drenched Purgation of Medieval Self-Flagellation
September 12, 2019 ·


Ryan Burge tracks attitudes toward the label “liberal” through the lens of church attendance. You will not be surprised to know that the more dedicated church-goers tend to be the ones who reject the label: While over 40% of nonwhite weekly church attenders identified as liberal in the 1970s, that has now dropped to just …

Sycophants and Grifters
September 11, 2019 ·


Trump says Democrats aren’t “big believers” in religion, which I guess is true relative to Repubicans, though not true in that most Democrats are, in fact, religious, but still, this doesn’t seem grounded in, well, anything: You know, the other side, they’re not big believers. They’re not big believers in religion, that I can tell …

Jerry is Watching
September 10, 2019 ·


Brandon Ambrosino at Politico Magazine has a big exposé on Jerry Falwell Jr. and the corruption that saturates Liberty University: “We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with inside knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to …

Backwater of the Galaxy
September 9, 2019 ·


Uh oh. A group of studies suggests that a politcal candidate risks losing support just by being associated with atheists, whether or not they are nonbelievers themselves. Study author Andrew Franks tells PsyPost: I do not want people to think that this is a reason to avoid being associated with marginalized groups, however. Rather, I …

So Preposterous, So Contemptible
September 6, 2019 ·


The Clergy Project, where nonbelieving clergy find support and community, will soon pass the 1000-member milestone. Yonat Shimron at Religion News Service reports: Whatever the number of atheists, the success of The Clergy Project indicates that it is meeting a need. “It’s not a project that fizzled and died,” said Ryan Cragun, professor of sociology …

My Scottish Loch is Full of Eels
September 5, 2019 · 1 


Behold as The Morning Heresy links to an article from Sports Illustrated! For very good reason: Tim Rohan reports on Clemson University’s football program and how coach Dabo Swinney has saturated it with Jesus: Last year, when D.J. Uiagalelei, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2020 class, visited Clemson, he noticed the deeply religious …

Not Really Lumpable
September 4, 2019 ·


Last night, Ricky Gervais, Richard Dawkins, and Richard Wiseman (that’s a lot of… never mind) shared the stage for a great night of conversation at the Troxy in London. Oh, to have been there! Luckily enough, CFI’s Nick Little was there, and live-tweeted the event. Better still? It was his first time using Twitter ever! …

Gettin’ the Ripples
September 3, 2019 ·


The pope got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes, but he’s fine. The firefighters who got him out are now fast-tracked for sainthood. That last part was a lie. Rep. John Shimkus, who says climate change is not a thing because 1) dinosaurs and 2) the Bible, will not be returning to Congress. Aw, …