Do I Have to Pay Attention to That?
July 12, 2019


Now it can be told: Ricky Gervais is the 2019 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, which he’ll accept at an event with Dawkins in London on September 3. The two will then have a live, unscripted chat moderated by Richard Wiseman. CFI members at the Planet level and above can get 10 percent off …

Shaking the Heavenlies
July 11, 2019 · 1 


It’s like a skeptic-superhero crossover event, a team-up to stop pseudoscience from destroying the multiverse…or, at least to stop people from being ripped off in this universe. CFI’s legal efforts against Walmart and CVS over their sale and marketing of homeopathic fake medicine are getting a big boost in resources and brainpower from the Stiefel …

I Left My Heart in South Dakota
July 10, 2019


Former CFI president and CEO Ron Lindsay returns to the blog to weigh in on Mike Pompeo’s newly announced commission that will look at human rights through the lens of “natural law”: This is entirely the wrong approach. Before the commission has even met, it has prejudged the basis on which we can argue for …

Everyone Else is Expendable
July 9, 2019


The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research puts out poll numbers showing that 49 percent of Americans never consult clergy or religious leaders for advice on major decisions, 26 percent “rarely” do, and only 24 percent do so “often” or “sometimes.” Obviously, the unaffiliated do so the least (84 percent “never,” …

An Ethical and Moral Wreck
July 8, 2019


Susan Jacoby writes in the New York Times to take down the myth that politics has become our “new religion,” filling the vacuum left by rampant secularism: … the concept of secularism as a breeding ground for aggrieved politics is a delusion, rooted in contempt for the beliefs of nonreligious Americans and ignorance of or …

I Have Never Felt the Earth Move
July 3, 2019


There’s a scholarship to go to CSICon! How cool is that? If you’re a student over 21, check out this great opportunity from the Wadsworth-Sheng Endowment. Daniela Hernandez and Robert McMillan at the Wall Street Journal report on the flood of false health information, particularly about cancer, that exists on Facebook and YouTube, which prompts …

Goat Simulator Prescription
July 2, 2019


Hey, first, we redid the CFI online store. It looks way, way better, and just look at all the smart stuff you can get. Go nuts. Benjamin Radford concludes his three-part series for the CFI blog on mass shootings, focusing on the importance of media literacy: One of the most influential—yet least-discussed—commonalities among public mass …

Rich and Credulous
July 1, 2019


HHS’s so-called “conscience rule” (the one that lets medical professionals deny basic services because Jesus) is delayed until at least November 22 after San Francisco’s city attorney, Dennis Herrera said, files a lawsuit: “Faced with the law, the Trump administration blinked,” Herrera said. “We have won this battle — and it was an important one …

Only Love Can Cast That Out
June 28, 2019 · 1 


Mayor Pete addressed his approach to invoking religion on the campaign trail at last night’s debate: The Republican party likes to cloak itself in the language of religion. Now, our party doesn’t talk about that as much, largely for a very good reason, which was we are committed to the separation of church and state, …

We Are Barbarians
June 27, 2019


There was a presidential debate last night! It was fine. The cynical twisting of the concept of “religious liberty” into a license to discriminate is working. PRRI polling shows that the percentage of Americans who think it’s okay to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation because of religious beliefs has almost doubled since 2014, …