The House of Homophones
June 4, 2019 ·


Karen Turner at Vox reports on a major survey that looks at how the people in an increasingly secularized world are finding meaning and community and “filling the void” left when they no longer participate in a church: Friends and family were the top source of community for respondents, at 80 and 78 percent, respectively, …

Pansyland
June 3, 2019 ·


This is a little annoying. Last weekend, the New York Times put out their article on how the Navy is setting up a way for pilots to report UFO sightings. Now, let’s remember that UFO stands for unidentified flying object. Was that a fruit fly that just passed by my face? Or is it a …

Crushing Thy Head
May 31, 2019 ·


Jim Underdown gets his old improv pal, actor Matt Walsh of Veep, to be the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry. Nice get, Jim! Ben Radford continues his three-part series on mass shooters, this time looking at the myths surrounding what is said to be the typical mass shooter profile: As simplistic and satisfying …

Molecules of Despair
May 30, 2019 ·


No one would accuse former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick “Oops” Perry of being a genius. THOSE GLASSES FOOL NO ONE, RICK. But come on, one must think, he’s not a total idiot. I mean, he was the governor of Texas for criminy’s sake! And then you read this, and reconsider: Earlier this …

Planet Envy
May 29, 2019 ·


The Supreme Court punts on Indiana’s law prohibiting abortions sought solely because of the sex or disability of a fetus, which was struck down by an appeals court, and OKs Indiana’s requirement that fetal remains be buried or cremated. Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress summarizes: The court avoided the most contentious issue in Box [v. Planned …

Elaborate and Oddly Durable
May 28, 2019 ·


On Saturday morning, you may have awoken to the glorious English-accented sound of CFI’s own Nick Little, as he was interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition, talking about our lawsuit against Walmart for their peddling of homeopathy. Nick was GREAT. The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is upon us, and Joel Achenbach …

A Mistake and a Professional Embarrassment
May 24, 2019 ·


Remember when CFI West and its Independent Investigations Group was on National Geographic and did a whole thing where it debunked Flat-Earthers right before their eyes? Well they turned that event into a pilot episode for their own original video series for the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group. It’s great! Do you know how to …

Nones From Above!!!
May 22, 2019 ·


Where’s a nice place to be a None? Canada, of course! John Longhurst at RNS reports: “It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: …

Going to Battle for a Gay Rat Wedding
May 21, 2019 ·


While y’all were paying attention to dragons and whatnot, we sued Walmart. That’s right! CFI has filed suit against Walmart for selling homeopathic snake oil as though it were real medicine, just like we’re doing with CVS: “Despite being among the richest corporations on Earth and the largest retailer in the United States, Walmart chooses …

A Cosmic Experiment Being Performed On Us
May 20, 2019 · 1 


Last week the House passed the Equality Act, which did please us: “An affirmative act of Congress to grant federal protection from discrimination to the LGBTQ community has been a long time coming—too long,” said Jason Lemieux, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs. “It would be a tragedy if the Senate now refused to advance this …