Don’t Call It a Comeback
June 11, 2020


Yesterday the Center for Inquiry put out an official statement on the murder of George Floyd, racism, and police violence. In part: The Center for Inquiry categorically opposes abusive policing and racism, supports the position that black lives matter, and finds that ongoing attempts to dehumanize African Americans demonstrates that society is still mired in …

Oh Lord. Ugh.
June 10, 2020


Yesterday we officially announced that Indian writer, poet, lyricist, and atheist activist Javed Akhtar was the winner of the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award: “As India is being pulled between its secular foundations and convulsions of dangerous religious nationalism, Javed Akhtar’s voice is more necessary and more vital than ever,” said Richard Dawkins, founder of the …

Fusion Paranoia
June 9, 2020


Humanist chaplain Greg Epstein writes in The Boston Globe to call for a new kind of faith, something nonreligious but also not strictly technocratic: We need a common faith now, but not simply the lowest common denominator of belief. I propose a revival of 20th-century philosopher John Dewey’s vision, from his landmark work of American …

The Squandering
June 8, 2020


Quick note: If you haven’t gotten The Morning Heresy in your inbox lately, it wasn’t just you, as our Newsletter Email Machine was all clogged up. It’s supposed to be working now. Also, it’s another long one today. Buckle up. Neil deGrasse Tyson opens up: I talk a lot. But I don’t talk much about …

Bricks and Mortars
June 4, 2020


The New York Times runs an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton calling for using the U.S. military against protesters, and tries to defend it by saying they have an obligation to present to readers “counterarguments, particularly those made by people in a position to set policy.” Seems to me that a U.S. senator has countless …

The QVC Strongman
June 3, 2020


There are so many things to point to that exemplify just how utterly screwed we are, but let’s pick just one. According to researchers Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge, 22.2 percent of Americans believe that a Democratic president would ban the Bible and respondents of all political stripes get “warmer” feelings for the …

Hate From Under the Rocks
June 2, 2020


It was so absurd, so outrageous, so bombastic, so…tasteless, in another context it would have been almost funny. Like so much of the last four years, it could have been satire if it weren’t so horribly real. The President of the United States of America had peaceful protesters shot with tear gas and flash grenades …

The Hate Multiverse
June 1, 2020


A once-powerful country, now ruled by a TV showman being propped up by religious fundamentalists, its nerves laid bare by disease and economic collapse, is eating itself alive as a militarized police, which already targets a particular minority group for persecution and abuse, responds to the exercise of free expression rights in order to protest …

Not in a Normal State
May 28, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Yesterday, the U.S. marked 100,000 dead from COVID-19. But don’t worry, the president is on the case. And by that I mean he is threatening to shut …

An Arsenal of Hamster Knowledge
May 27, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. Red Flags For the first time, Twitter appends a very gentle warning message to one of President Trump’s tweets in which he lies about voting by mail, …