Pie Sussudio Domine
November 25, 2019 ·


CSICon attendees got to see Julia Sweeney (CFI’s newest board member) perform part of her latest one-person show, Older and Wider, which features a section in which she deals with the social implications of her Saturday Night Live character Pat. (“My God, what did I do?” she says in the show. “Was I the Al …

They Don’t Want to Know a Goddamned Thing
November 22, 2019 ·


Listen up, British readers of the Heresy (all two of you): The Kindle edition of The Four Horsemen is on sale for mere £0.99 until November 29. This is just for Amazon UK, but we’ll take what we can get. So, go get. Kevin D. Williamson at National Review goes to a flat-Earther convention in …

Laughing and Cooing at Dead People
November 21, 2019 ·


Secular Rescue, CFI’s program for helping freethought activists and writers around the world get out of danger, has a new website and it’s awesome. UPI reports on the push for secular alternatives for addiction recovery, noting the work CFI and its allies have been doing to lobby for evidence-based approaches to recovery for a growing …

Holy Grail Super-Oven
November 20, 2019 ·


In the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Cahill, formerly of San Francisco Catholic Charities, excoriates U.S. bishops for their “un-Christlike” obsession with discriminating against LGBTQ folks, particularly in adoption: … based on a poorly conceived, disrespectful and harshly written Roman policy, San Francisco Catholic Charities and other Catholic Charities agencies around the country — when faced …

We Are Just a Bunch of Suckers
November 19, 2019 · 2 


Snopes pushes back on secular and progressive groups who are upset about the Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, saying that the bill doesn’t explicitly say that wrong answers get a pass as along as their based on a religious belief, which is what we and many others have been warning: What HB 164 might ultimately …

The Emperor is Transformed
November 18, 2019 ·


Behold, a sign we are rapidly approaching rock bottom: The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, passed by the state House, will clear the way for students to answer questions in school that correspond to their religious beliefs, whether or not they are correct, and teachers can do nothing about it. In our initial social media …

Deal With All These Lies
November 14, 2019


Lucky Tran at The Guardian looks at anti-vaxxers’ use of “firehosing” as a propaganda strategy, and they’re hardly alone in using it: Firehosing relies on pushing out as many lies as possible as frequently as possible. That’s typical for propaganda, but the aspect that makes firehosing a unique strategy is that it doesn’t require the …

A Small Hiccup
November 13, 2019


Humanists International releases its latest Freedom of Thought Report, “a unique worldwide survey of discrimination and persecution against humanists, atheists and the non-religious.” You want to support freedom of scientific thought here at home? Tell your congress-folks to back the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act, which is also a really good way to honor Carl …

A Fresh Set of Organs
November 12, 2019


The Daily Beast ran a test, creating some made-up anti-vaxxer ads making false claims, and those ads were accepted by Google and Twitter, and rejected by YouTube, Snap, Instagram, and Facebook: Google approved the two advertisements with blatant language—“Don’t get vaccinated” and “Vaccines aren’t safe”—and even sent multiple prompts via email to optimize them. … …

Such Deeply Stupid Questions
November 11, 2019


At the New York Times, Eugene Linden looks at how scientists’ predictions about the severity of climate change has become more dire over time: Had a scientist in the early 1990s suggested that within 25 years a single heat wave would measurably raise sea levels, at an estimated two one-hundredths of an inch, bake the …