Make the Moves Up As I Go
January 30, 2020


India, you are not helping: On Wednesday, the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau released a statement recommending members of the public use ancient Hindu and ancient Greek homeopathic practices to prevent and treat the new coronavirus. … They also endorse rubbing alternative medicines on the chest, scalp and nostrils, and squirting sesame oil into the …

Ice Cream for Nones
January 29, 2020


Yesterday, a joint hearing by two House subcommittees tackled issues surrounding religious persecution around the world, and Rep. Jamie Raskin added a statement from CFI into the Congressional Record on our support for resolutions against blasphemy laws. Read all about it right here. The UN Human Rights Committee declares that climate refugees, people who are …

Any Hex, Any Spell, Any Witchcraft, Any Spirit of Control, Any Jezebel
January 28, 2020


Given the news I comb through for each day’s Morning Heresy, I see a lot of little pieces about how [religious figure] has said [outrageously offensive thing] OR [stupendously ridiculous thing], and lately, I more or less ignore it because, well, it’s very dog-bites-man at this point. I come across a headline that’s all, “Famous …

Unbelievers Undisturbed
January 27, 2020


Former Rep. Pete Stark, who in 2007 became the first Member of Congress to openly declare his lack of belief in God while in office, has died at the age of 88. The Post in its obit uses the word “atheist,” which I don’t think Stark himself actually identified with, but I could be wrong. …

The Same Despised Category as Kings
January 24, 2020


Good morning. How would you like to feel even worse about the Espinoza v. Montana Supreme Court case that was argued on Tuesday? I got you covered. Here’s Monica Kristin Blair at the Post on how the push “school choice” is really about white flight: In addition to breaking down the separation of church and …

Excommunicate Me
January 23, 2020


Ed Powers at The Independent memorializes Terry Jones, here looking at his approach to the film Life of Brian: His target – and it’s hard to imagine the historic Jesus objecting – were the frauds cashing in on the public’s credulity. Hence his enduring bafflement that anyone could consider Life of Brian blasphemous. “The definition …

The Great Foot Has Come Down
January 22, 2020


That bonkers case from Montana, in which religious schools seek to resurrect a dead law so that they can gobble up taxpayer funding, will be argued before the Supreme Court today. Here’s what we said about it when we filed our amicus brief in November: Religious liberty is imperiled in this case. But this case …

An Immense Amount of Ignorant Familiarity
January 21, 2020


Citing the work of CFI and other advocacy groups, Paul Rosenberg at Salon looks at the efforts to push back against Christian nationalist policy being pushed by Trump and in the states: [T]he battle to reclaim the true meaning of religious freedom has inextricably become increasingly central to the 2020 election, and to the political …

Something a Serial Killer Would Say
January 17, 2020


The Trump administration says it’s going to remove Obama-era protections from discrimination for organizations getting federal funding, all in the name of “religious liberty,” and will, in effect, intimidate public schools over whether they are friendly to prayer in school and allowing religious groups to have access to school facilities. It’s a big, stinking, bucket …

The Aura of Edginess
January 16, 2020


Good morning! Let’s feel bad. New Jersey’s legislature gave into anti-vaxxer pressure and scuttled a bill to end religious exemptions. (They say they’ll try again.) Gallup releases dispiriting numbers about the public acceptance of vaccines, as reported by Gizmodo: Only 84 percent of people agreed that childhood vaccination was extremely or very important, the poll …