Dangerous Advice
August 11, 2020


The same old horrors keep coming back. In Nigeria, a 22-year-old singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is sentenced to death for blasphemy over a song he wrote. “Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges.” Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland at the Irish Times: It’s time to scrap all religious oaths in state activities. Hey, what if the …

The Great Oversimplifiers
August 10, 2020


Pew Research shows that the vast majority of Americans say churches should follow the same COVID-19 rules as everyone else. 79 percent. This isn’t the hotly-contested, divisive issue the religious right wants us to think it is. Pastors are still defying court orders against indoor gatherings, people are crowding into South Dakota for a motorcycle …

No Religion! No Anything!
August 7, 2020


CFI is leading a coalition of major secular-freethought organizations pushing Congress to keep the next round of pandemic relief funds from benefiting sectarian religious schools, and keeping the focus—and the funding—on public education. President Trump said Joe Biden will “Take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything. Hurt the bible, hurt …

Closed and Dead
August 6, 2020


If anyone ever asks, “Hey what’s your problem with the Supreme Court’s decisions on religion?” (and I assume you get asked that all the time), just point them to this piece by Marci A. Hamilton at Verdict: “Essentially, the conservative members of the Court have built a functional and operational establishment.” Shelly Inglis of the …

Canadian Info Ninjas
August 5, 2020


Help us out here. New Jersey’s legislature is considering another one of those let’s-make-naturopaths-like-real-doctors bills, and we need to stop it. If you live in New Jersey, hop over to our action alert and make some noise. Share the alert with your tough-as-nails New Jersey friends if you don’t live there. Yes, I’m from New …

Warp Speed Bucket
August 4, 2020


Here’s an example of what’s great about skepticism and the science-based mindset: The ability to admit when we’re wrong and then even explain how we were wrong. Steven Salzberg at Forbes recants his piece from just a few days ago in which he urged rushing trial vaccines: I was wrong. After reading many of the …

An Unstable Foundation
August 3, 2020


Even the authors of this study suggest you take it with a grain of salt, but nonetheless: research in Social Psychological and Personality Science shows conservative political ideology correlated to an inability to distinguish real from fake headlines about COVID-19. “Our responses to the threat are strikingly different depending on our political beliefs.” As Joe …

Yes, I’m a Demon Buster.
July 31, 2020


As expected, the first Skeptical Inquirer Presents webinar was excellent, and in the best tradition of Skeptical Inquirer and skepticism broadly, Joseph Uscinski’s talk on conspiracy theories was not only informative, but challenged assumptions that even we know-it-all skeptics might hold. Video will be posted later today so you can check it out. Next up …

Holding Their Noses
July 30, 2020


Video of the first-ever CFI Insider webinar event, our interview with Leighann Lord, is now available to watch anytime, so you should really go watch it. Then you should sign up for the next CFI Insider. Then you should sign up for tomorrow’s first-ever Skeptical Inquirer Presents. It’s a lot, but that’s because we just …

Do Unto Someone Else, Thanks.
July 29, 2020


Last night we had our first live CFI Insider webinar event, where Melissa Myers did a fantastic job interviewing Point of Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer Presents host Leighann Lord. The video will be posted soon! I don’t know how I missed this for yesterday’s Heresy, but maybe I was being attacked by government reptilians. Donald …