Going to Battle for a Gay Rat Wedding
May 21, 2019 ·


While y’all were paying attention to dragons and whatnot, we sued Walmart. That’s right! CFI has filed suit against Walmart for selling homeopathic snake oil as though it were real medicine, just like we’re doing with CVS: “Despite being among the richest corporations on Earth and the largest retailer in the United States, Walmart chooses …

A Cosmic Experiment Being Performed On Us
May 20, 2019 · 1 


Last week the House passed the Equality Act, which did please us: “An affirmative act of Congress to grant federal protection from discrimination to the LGBTQ community has been a long time coming—too long,” said Jason Lemieux, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs. “It would be a tragedy if the Senate now refused to advance this …

Single Spies v. Battalions
May 17, 2019 ·


At Skeptical Inquirer, Guerilla Wikipedian Susan Gerbic offers advice on how non-scientists and non-academics can get more involved in skeptic activism. And yes, it has a lot to do with Wikipedia: As you can imagine, there is so much work to be done. And yes, the idea of creating, rewriting, and maintaining all Wikipedia pages …

Pretend to Be a Bit More Human
May 16, 2019 ·


I know there are other things going on in the world. I know that the republic is collapsing and the oceans are boiling. But nothing matters more than this: Star Trek: Picard is a real thing and it’s coming soon. There’s a new Point of Inquiry episode on the interwebs, ready for you to feed …

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News. Mostly the Latter.
May 15, 2019 ·


Bad news, but tragically unsurprising: Alabama is about to ban just about all abortions. NYT: The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is …

It Dances Around Timidly
May 14, 2019 ·


SB 276 in California would attempt to put the kibosh on doctors handing out medically unnecessary vaccination exemptions to patients whose objections are purely (and this is a generous use of the term) philosophical, so of course, the propaganda pushback is intense. The San Jose Mercury News reports in its lede that opponents are “spreading …

There is a Lot of Garbage Out There
May 13, 2019 ·


In The New York Times, Catie Edmonson looks at how the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House is upending some of the old ways of doing things, such as using gender-neutral titles, no longer using plastic bottles for water at hearings, and most relevant to us, making “so help me God” an optional tag …

Slightly Bemused Observations
May 10, 2019 ·


Sixty percent of Americans now say they are willing to vote for an atheist for president, according to Gallup, which is a 2-point bump from 2015. Meh. Hypothetical Muslim candidates got a big 6-point lift from 60 to 66 percent, and evangelicals just keep cleaning up, going from a whopping 73 percent to am even …

Make the Case for Your Sorcery
May 9, 2019 ·


Max Boot at The Washington Post says it’s time for an unapologetic atheist President of the United States, to which I say, Hallelujah! Boot writes: We’ve had closeted freethinkers as president but never one who was out and proud. Thomas Jefferson, a deist who rejected the divinity of Christ, bridled when he was called an atheist …

He’s a Little Itchy
May 8, 2019 ·


Free Inquiry has a special anonymous article by a man who was forced to flee with is wife, first from Pakistan and then from Sri Lanka, because of the religious extremism and violence: Terrorism has succeeded in creating an anarchy in Sri Lanka. People don’t know how to get their anger out and on whom, …