Awkward, Contradictory, and Self-Defeating
September 2, 2020


Let’s just open with this glorious, shining gem of a lede from Newsweek: Two flat-Earthers were forced to quarantine after trying to reach “the end of the world” during Italy’s lockdown. Wait, wait, it gets better: Salvatore Zichichi, a doctor of the maritime health office of the Ministry of Health who helped the pair after …

Say No More
September 1, 2020


At the CFI blog: Ben Radford digs into the panic over rumors about “zip tie abductions” spread on social media. September 10 at 7pm ET: Skeptical Inquirer Presents features Seema Yasmin on “Viral BS” and medical myths. Register here. French satire publication Charlie Hebdo is reprinting the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that it published …

No Sleep for the Pious
August 31, 2020


According to a study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, atheists get better sleep than the religious. This is ironic, because I sleep terribly overslept this morning, which is why the Heresy is so late today. The video of the Skeptical Inquirer Presents event with Carol Tavris on cognitive dissonance is now online. I …

Jiggery-Pokery Redux
August 28, 2020


Yes, yes, the president said a bunch of stuff last night. But take a look at this. SHABAM: For the second time in a week, a federal judge issued a blistering ruling against a controversial rule by Betsy DeVos’s Education Department that directs states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid …

A Valiant Ford
August 27, 2020


This will wake you up. CNN: White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was undergoing surgery and not in the August 20 task force meeting for the discussion on updated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19, even …

An Aggressive Yank
August 26, 2020


New York Times: Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, is still in custody for blasphemy and no one has seen him since his arrest. Plus, “Other nonbelievers are worried that these same lawyers are drawing up a list of other Nigerian atheists to be prosecuted and that more arrests may be coming.” …

Longing for Asteroids
August 25, 2020


Marci Hamilton at Verdict on the biggest obstacle to dealing with COVID-19: Now is the time to consider what barriers other than science stand in the way of herd immunity against this pandemic. The short answer is that the law stands in the way. Religious liberty statutes and religious/philosophical exemptions to state vaccine requirements create …

The R-naught is Rising
August 24, 2020


It’s a busy week of Zoom calls for CFI! On Wednesday, CFI Insider looks at the role of freethought and secularism in the women’s suffrage movement, and on Thursday, Carol Tavris talks about cognitive dissonance in the pandemic era on Skeptical Inquirer Presents. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science now has Spanish-language guided lessons in …

Just Asking Questions Here
August 21, 2020


The final night of the Democratic Party’s e-convention slathered on the god-talk, but also made room for us heathens: Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrats’ unofficial see-we-are-religious guy, said that Joe Biden will “be a president for Americans of all faiths, as well as people of conscience who practice no particular faith.” Biden himself hit climate …

Just Making Stuff Up
August 20, 2020


On a new episode of the Point of Inquiry podcast, Leighann Lord talks to Erin Louis, “The Brazen Atheist,” on critical thinking, media literacy, and a fostering a skeptical mindset. Last night’s edition of the Democrats’ quasi-convention finally gave airtime to the climate crisis, with the words “existential threat” employed liberally, which I appreciated. President …