Jerry is Watching
September 10, 2019


Brandon Ambrosino at Politico Magazine has a big exposé on Jerry Falwell Jr. and the corruption that saturates Liberty University: “We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with inside knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to …

Backwater of the Galaxy
September 9, 2019


Uh oh. A group of studies suggests that a politcal candidate risks losing support just by being associated with atheists, whether or not they are nonbelievers themselves. Study author Andrew Franks tells PsyPost: I do not want people to think that this is a reason to avoid being associated with marginalized groups, however. Rather, I …

So Preposterous, So Contemptible
September 6, 2019


The Clergy Project, where nonbelieving clergy find support and community, will soon pass the 1000-member milestone. Yonat Shimron at Religion News Service reports: Whatever the number of atheists, the success of The Clergy Project indicates that it is meeting a need. “It’s not a project that fizzled and died,” said Ryan Cragun, professor of sociology …

My Scottish Loch is Full of Eels
September 5, 2019 · 1 


Behold as The Morning Heresy links to an article from Sports Illustrated! For very good reason: Tim Rohan reports on Clemson University’s football program and how coach Dabo Swinney has saturated it with Jesus: Last year, when D.J. Uiagalelei, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2020 class, visited Clemson, he noticed the deeply religious …

Not Really Lumpable
September 4, 2019


Last night, Ricky Gervais, Richard Dawkins, and Richard Wiseman (that’s a lot of… never mind) shared the stage for a great night of conversation at the Troxy in London. Oh, to have been there! Luckily enough, CFI’s Nick Little was there, and live-tweeted the event. Better still? It was his first time using Twitter ever! …

Gettin’ the Ripples
September 3, 2019


The pope got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes, but he’s fine. The firefighters who got him out are now fast-tracked for sainthood. That last part was a lie. Rep. John Shimkus, who says climate change is not a thing because 1) dinosaurs and 2) the Bible, will not be returning to Congress. Aw, …

Alexa Zombies
August 30, 2019


Arch-Patriarch Mike Pence is super-mad that anyone would want to keep V.A. hospitals from displaying Bibles. The Union Leader reports: “You might’ve heard even today that there’s a lawsuit to remove a Bible that was carried in World War II from a Missing Man Table at a V.A. hospital in New Hampshire,” Pence told the …

Crawling Back to Hell
August 29, 2019


16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is my goddamned hero. She finished her 15-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, landing in New York City, and saying this of President Trump: My message to him is just to listen to the science, and he obviously doesn’t do that. This is very true. Case in point: He’s rolling …

Violet is Unimpressed
August 28, 2019


George Pyle, editorial editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, points out that the “tension” between individual rights and “religious liberty” is largely imaginary: … there never seems to be a concrete example of how making lesbians and gay men fully equal before the law does anything to harm anyone else’s fundamental freedoms, to a religious …

The Ballooning Human Swarm
August 27, 2019


The Democratic National Committee has acknowledged the reality of their coalition and approved an official resolution recognizing the centrality of the nones in their midst: 1. [The DNC recognizes the] value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, …