Why All the Whoop-de-doo?
December 10, 2019


Two articles of impeachment. Pfft, that’s nothing. The Morning Heresy has LOTS more articles than that, like, every damn day! [Puts hand to ear.] I’m being told that this is a different use of the word “articles.” I’ll have to get back to you. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released a report …

Polio Fanciers and Plague Enthusiasts
December 9, 2019


The New York Times profiles Rose Mackenberg, early-twentieth-century skeptical paranormal investigator and Houdini collaborator: Mackenberg investigated more than 300 psychics and seers in the two years she worked for Houdini and many more after that. In a career that lasted decades and led her to testify before Congress, she proved to be quick-witted, adept with …

The Feckless Ficus
December 6, 2019


In the New York Times Magazine, former Alex Jones/Infowars employee Josh Owens tells of his experience in the Crazypants Machine: Suddenly, I was no longer a bored kid attending an overpriced art school. I was Fox Mulder combing through the X-Files, Rod Serling opening a door to the Twilight Zone, even Rosemary Woodhouse convinced that …

Sketchy Website Dot Org
December 5, 2019


In Free Inquiry magazine, our boss Robyn Blumner warns of the backward course on church-state separation being plotted by the conservatives on the Supreme Court, focusing on the Bladensburg cross case: Kavanaugh … offered his own version of either naïveté or disingenuousness by suggesting there are other ways to remove religious monuments beyond asking the …

An Absurd Way to Correct Inaccuracies
December 4, 2019


We’re being ever-so-amicable once again as we take part in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on a deja vu kind of case, June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which looks a lot like the already-correctly-decided Whole Woman’s Health case from Texas. Our statement: “Having lost just a few years ago at the Supreme …

Succumb to an Onslaught of Marketing and Branding
December 3, 2019


It’s Giving Tuesday, which means do-gooder nonprofits are besieging your social media with pleas for your money. WELL SO ARE WE and we have a pretty compelling ask, if I do say so myself: No one else is fighting fake medicine like homeopathy like we are, so why not take this opportunity to join the …

A Train Wreck in a Coal Mine
December 2, 2019


On a brand new Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to skeptic psychologist Chris French about the skeptic movement and its relatively new focus on conspiracy theories. SETI’s Big Picture Science podcast does a “skeptic check” with guests including Skeptical Inquirer columnist Robert Palmer and ex-naturopath Britt Marie Hermes. Scott Gavura at Science-Based Medicine parses …

Pie Sussudio Domine
November 25, 2019


CSICon attendees got to see Julia Sweeney (CFI’s newest board member) perform part of her latest one-person show, Older and Wider, which features a section in which she deals with the social implications of her Saturday Night Live character Pat. (“My God, what did I do?” she says in the show. “Was I the Al …

They Don’t Want to Know a Goddamned Thing
November 22, 2019


Listen up, British readers of the Heresy (all two of you): The Kindle edition of The Four Horsemen is on sale for mere £0.99 until November 29. This is just for Amazon UK, but we’ll take what we can get. So, go get. Kevin D. Williamson at National Review goes to a flat-Earther convention in …

Laughing and Cooing at Dead People
November 21, 2019


Secular Rescue, CFI’s program for helping freethought activists and writers around the world get out of danger, has a new website and it’s awesome. UPI reports on the push for secular alternatives for addiction recovery, noting the work CFI and its allies have been doing to lobby for evidence-based approaches to recovery for a growing …