Slow-Loading Memories
February 19, 2019


Bangladesh authorities have charged six people with the 2015 murder of Avijit Roy. bdnews24 reports: Among the six accused in the murder are alleged Ansarullah Bangla Team leader and sacked military officer Major Syed Ziaul Haq and ‘militant blogger’ Safiur Rahman Farabi. Five other suspects are still being sought, but have not been identified. I …

Kick the Laity into Shape
February 13, 2019


CFI leads a coalition of freethought groups urging House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva to once again take up the issue of making “so help me God” optional in witnesses’ oaths: Removing the requirement to recite this clause is a long-overdue step that would bring the committee in line with the overwhelming majority of …

Outweighing Humanity
February 12, 2019


The horrified, “you’ve-gotta-be-kidding-me” reactions continue to pour in over the Supreme Court’s refusal to grant a Muslim death row inmate the chance to have an imam present at his execution. Our legal guru Nick Little writes: This basic right to a moment of solace in face of death is one granted by Alabama law, but …

Be Nice to Other People and Eat All Your Vegetables
February 11, 2019


An investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reveals that since 1998, almost 400 Southern Baptist church leaders have been accused of sexual assault, leaving more than 700 victims in their wake. And you won’t be surprised to know that a lot of the offenders were welcomes right back to the pulpit. And …

Those Who Have Fallen into This Pit
February 8, 2019


This is some unexpected good news: The Supreme Court, with John Roberts joining the liberals, blocks Louisiana’s crazy anti-abortion law (for now) so that the state can have more than one single doctor who is authorized to actually perform abortions. Trump tells the attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast, “I will never let you down.” Nor …

Elaborate on Outcast Beings
February 7, 2019


It’s the day of the abominable National Prayer Breakfast, where the president is probably going to do the same obsequious pandering to the religious right that he usually does. Whatever. Yesterday, we joined with 130 other groups to urge Congress to protect the Johnson Amendment. Former CFI president and CEO Ron Lindsay returns to the …

I Am Outraged, I Am Embarrassed, I Am Mad
February 6, 2019


So I didn’t catch the State of the Union address last night because I’ve come a long way in the past year or so and I don’t hate myself nearly as much as I used to. But apparently the president said something about ending HIV and AIDS by 2030, and according to the experts Julia …

Sycophants in the Office of the Dead
February 5, 2019


Our boss Robyn Blumner was interviewed for The Canadian Atheist, and I thought this recollection from her youth was pretty neat: usually the lone atheist in her family, a certain publication indicated to her maybe things were changing: I just didn’t understand how everyone could believe such outlandish claims without evidence. I thought everyone around …

We Don the Temper of Kings
February 4, 2019


Oh, Bladensburg, Bladensburg, take down your cross! No? Okay, here’s our amicus brief to the Supreme Court. In our statement, we explain why that big, crossy, crucifixy war memorial has to go: Commemoration of the Americans who paid the ultimate price in the service of this nation is not the exclusive domain of any single …

Frightening Infinity
February 1, 2019


New Mexico legislators seem to want to make their state sicker and dumber as they introduce something called the Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act, a bill that would license and give primary care authority to people who practice fake medicine. We’re all, like, nope: “Despite this bill’s references to ‘naturopathic doctors,’ naturopaths are not physicians,” said Jason …