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, …

Very Respectful and Completely Impious
August 26, 2019


Ruth Margalit at The New Yorker looks at how Israel’s own religious right has ensnared much of civic life, and public education in particular: In the past decade, since Netanyahu came into power, Israeli society has undergone a process so transformative that a new Hebrew word had to be brought into use for it: “hadata,” …

An Equal Among Gods
August 23, 2019


Is Donald Trump’s penchant for saying mind-blowingly awful/offensive/dangerous/ridiculous/dishonest/stupid things actually part of a devious strategy to distract us from “what’s really going on”? Benjamin Radford considers this position, and roundly rejects it. In Free Inquiry, Mark Kolsen introduces us to 18th-century American poet Philip Freneau, a figure whose atheism, Kolsen says, has been ignored. For …

A Fair Number of Crooks
August 22, 2019


The latest episode of our podcast Point of Inquiry has Jim Underdown talking to comedian Jerry Minor, who has worked on shows like SNL and Mr. Show, about leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how that life influenced his comedy. A guy going by the name of Moses the Street Artist likes to leave big cutouts …

Do Not Ingest the Walls and Pavement
August 21, 2019


The Washington Post reports on the quashing of CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages (which we intend to un-quash), speaking to several legal scholars who all seem to agree that the judge blew it, and that this could be huge: “It’s obviously unconstitutional because it gives a benefit to religious …

Urgent Pressure to Burst Out
August 20, 2019


Texas messed with us. Our lawsuit to get the Lonestar State to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages has been rejected by a federal court. We have feelings about it, and, yes, we intend to MESS RIGHT BACK: “This decision has clarified one issue, and very starkly,” said [CFI’s Nick] Little. “If we referred to …

Bite Their Smiling Heads Off
August 19, 2019


Emma Green at The Atlantic explores how LGBTQ rights are in a total muddle five years after Obergefell, which seems to have convinced many Americans that this “fixed everything.” Also, Green interviews Ben Howe, an evangelical and former RedState blogger who has soured on Trump. She doesn’t just let him make his case, though. She …

Public Scatology and Sacrilege
August 16, 2019 · 1 


I’m feeling rather punchy this morning. Let’s begin with a little civic action to prevent the subluxation of health policy. Tell your congressmonster to quash the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act: H.R. 3654 would impose false hope on Medicare patients by legitimizing useless pseudomedicine. It would endanger patients who need treatments that have been proven …

No Sting Songs for You
August 15, 2019 · 2 


When federal contractors want to stomp all over the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration hands them metal cleats. BuzzFeed reports on the Labor Department’s draft rule: The Trump administration on Wednesday formally proposed a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on …

We Are Not “On Board”
August 14, 2019


Benjamin Radford delves into the Jeffrey Epstein murder conspiracies, pointing out how people often find it difficult to believe that rich, famous people could die in relatively mundane ways. Also important, Ben notes that if Epstein had been killed in order to silence him, there are plenty of people who would also know plenty about …