Camel Biting
September 26, 2019 ·


Reporting a few weeks after the fact (but hey, we’ll take it), UPI reports on CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages. The judge rejected our suit and we, naturally, are appealing the decision. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic takes a close look at the rise of the nones and says …

De Facto Extraterrestrials
September 25, 2019 ·


Nancy Pelosi may have inadvertantly goosed our search engine optimization, by announcing an impeachment “inquiry” of the president. Just think of all the web traffic we’re going to get for people searching for who might be at the “center” of the inquiry, or who might be “skeptical” of the inquiry, etcetera. This is going to …

Cops and Oddballs
September 24, 2019 ·


Greta Thunburg, my choice for Absolute Monarch of Earth, delivers a gut-wrenching address to the UN Climate Action Summit: I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams …

The Monkey Part
September 23, 2019 ·


2 million people responded to the original Storm Area 51 posting. Authorities in the area feared about 30,000 would actually show up and utterly overwhelm the tiny Nevada communities. In the end, about 3000 people came and not a whole lot happened, which is the best possible outcome, really. The Post reports: As of Friday …

All the Lesser Gods
September 19, 2019


Our own Richard Dawkins has been interviewed by a couple of media outlets, with his new book Outgrowing God now making waves, but they’re both paywalled so I don’t really know what’s in them. Here they are nonetheless, talking to New Scientist (rocking his intentionally-mismatched socks in the photo) and The Times. NOT paywalled, however, …

The Grim Winnowing
September 18, 2019


Tim Flannery at The Guardian says climate activists like himself have failed: … the climate crisis has now grown so severe that the actions of the denialists have turned predatory: they are now an immediate threat to our children. … … future Earth may have enough resources to support far fewer people than the 7.6 …

Cheeky in Kentucky
September 17, 2019


We just dropped an undiluted knowledge bomb on y’all’s brains. This morning we released the results of a survey we conducted with Lake Research Partners, supported by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, on Americans’ attitudes and understanding about homeopathy and their trust in megaretailers Walmart and CVS. There’s a lot of information, but some big takeaways …

Containing What Appeared to Be Blood
September 16, 2019


The big news for us from last week is that we got ourselves a new member of the CFI Board of Directors: Julia Sweeney! Here’s what Board Chair Eddie Tabash said about it: With the degree to which atheists have been and still are society’s most unjustly despised minority, Julia Sweeney has shown remarkable courage …

Peanut Oil Pooling in Your Brain
September 13, 2019


Socioanalitica Research surveys nonreligious Americans on their political preferences, showing that a mere 13 percent support Trump, but the rest are all split up among a generic Democratic candidate, a third party candidate, and “unsure.” Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times says the conservatives that dominate the Supreme Court are in an “unusual dialogue” …

The Sweat-Drenched Purgation of Medieval Self-Flagellation
September 12, 2019


Ryan Burge tracks attitudes toward the label “liberal” through the lens of church attendance. You will not be surprised to know that the more dedicated church-goers tend to be the ones who reject the label: While over 40% of nonwhite weekly church attenders identified as liberal in the 1970s, that has now dropped to just …