The Trickle Before the Flood
March 9, 2020


Walmart is trying to quash CFI’s lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, telling the judge that we don’t have standing because CFI is, apparently, only a secular humanism group, and nothing else. Is that right? Their motion to dismiss is full of falsehoods, and we have responded: “Let’s not ignore the …

Holy Rolls!
March 6, 2020


At Foreign Policy, Alan Levinovitz looks at how the coronavirus is the perfect medium for conspiracy theorists’ worldviews, opening with, “If you gaze long into the abyss of a disease, your own ideology gazes back at you.” Citing various examples of ridiculous claims (Bill Gates accidentally set the virus loose, the CDC intentionally infected someone …

A Law That No One Has to Follow
March 5, 2020


Yesterday, we heralded two bits of good news: the defeat of the anti-vax ballot measure in Maine, and the passage of a House Resolution in the Foreign Affairs Committee calling for the worldwide repeal of blasphemy laws. Richard Dawkins was just on CNN where he had a really great conversation about a wide range of …

No On One Won
March 4, 2020


Best news from Super Tuesday, hands down, comes from my adopted state: Maine voted overwhelmingly to keep its vaccination requirements. I did not think that would happen, like, at all, and I’m delighted. The good vote was for “No on 1,” rejecting the repeal of the law. The Press-Herald reports: With 76 percent of polling …

Space is Fake!
March 3, 2020


It’s Super Tuesday! I’m voting for Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, but I’m hoping I get to vote for Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan once she’s old enough. But seriously, I can’t wait to be in an enclosed public space today filled with hundreds of people. Cough-cough. Speaking of cough-cough, the Times looks at how places of worship are …

Turning the Skin a Bluish Grey Color
March 2, 2020


However bad the COVID-19 coronavirus turns out to be, it will have been made worse by the Trump cult as the administration scrambles to downplay dangers and supporters foment conspiracy theories, even as Trump taps the pray-it-away Mike Pence to coordinate the federal response. Ted Cruz decides to be a butthead toward Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who …

The Hollow Spaces of Our World
February 28, 2020


Tomorrow is Leap Day, that extra twenty-four hours we get so the Universe can just sort of twist the knife to make this year hurt a little more. In a letter to the New York Times, reader Fred Polvere reacts to the appointment of Mike Pence to lead the nation’s response to the coronavirus: Many …

Useless Words, Gossip, Rumors, and Tittle-Tattle
February 27, 2020


First off, you know Quackwatch? Sure you do. Guess what: Quackwatch is now part of CFI. The duck stops here. Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t believe in evolution. He doesn’t believe smoking causes cancer. He addressed an HIV epidemic in Indiana by praying it away. Trump has chosen him to lead the United States’ task …

You’re Shouting at Tea
February 26, 2020


Hey look, we just put out our annual Progress Report! We worked really hard on it, and it’s really quite good if I do say so myself. I’m really stuck on wordplay with the year 2020 and 20-20 vision and whatnot, so that’s how I framed the announcement: At the dawn of a new decade, …

Sideways Rain
February 25, 2020


I totally missed this Max Boot piece from the Washington Post last week in which Bill Barr is excoriated for his mind-bogglingly wrong view that secularism leads to social collapse. Boot says: Barr’s simplistic idea that the country is better off if it is more religious is based on faith, not evidence. … Fundamentalists may …