Slightly Bemused Observations
May 10, 2019


Sixty percent of Americans now say they are willing to vote for an atheist for president, according to Gallup, which is a 2-point bump from 2015. Meh. Hypothetical Muslim candidates got a big 6-point lift from 60 to 66 percent, and evangelicals just keep cleaning up, going from a whopping 73 percent to am even …

Make the Case for Your Sorcery
May 9, 2019


Max Boot at The Washington Post says it’s time for an unapologetic atheist President of the United States, to which I say, Hallelujah! Boot writes: We’ve had closeted freethinkers as president but never one who was out and proud. Thomas Jefferson, a deist who rejected the divinity of Christ, bridled when he was called an atheist …

He’s a Little Itchy
May 8, 2019


Free Inquiry has a special anonymous article by a man who was forced to flee with is wife, first from Pakistan and then from Sri Lanka, because of the religious extremism and violence: Terrorism has succeeded in creating an anarchy in Sri Lanka. People don’t know how to get their anger out and on whom, …

Not Wanting to Be Tricked
May 7, 2019


Erika Ryan at CNN looks at the effort to enact this key part of the religious right’s “Project Blitz” playbook: Bible “literacy” classes (One thing I am sure the religious right is absolutely not concerned about is literacy): While advocates for such classes believe students ought to be able to learn about the Bible’s influence …

This is the Song That Never Ends
May 6, 2019


More despair for you today: Even though there has been more attention on bills to end religious exemptions for vaccinations, it seems that measures that allow for exemptions are actually gaining ground. Yes, that’s right! Things are getting worse! CNN reports: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, at least 20 states have introduced bills …

Horrible Thoughts, Words, and Deeds
May 3, 2019


Trump announces new “conscience rules” for health care providers which, as you have probably already guessed, lets health workers and institutions refuse services and patients because of whatever it is they imagine Jesus doesn’t approve of. It’s blatantly awful. We said so: “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be …

The Nonefather
May 2, 2019


There’s a new episode of Point of Inquiry (which, by the way, is really great under the care of its new hosts Kavin and Jim), in which Jim Underdown interviews social psychologist Carol Tavris and oncologist Avrum Bluming about the subject of their book Estrogen Matters about the myths surrounding the link between breast cancer …

Does Not Compute
May 1, 2019


The Trump political operation is overtly embracing the deification of the president. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted this about his boss: There has never been and probably never will be a movement like this again. Only God could deliver such a savior to our nation and only God could allow me to help. God …

Choose Nothing
April 30, 2019


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom releases its annual report, with sixteen countries either carrying out or tolerating “egregious violations” of religious freedom, and a major focus on China. NPR reports: “[The report] takes the strongest stance against China in the history of the USCIRF,” [commissioner Johnnie] Moore says. In the midst of trade …

You Don’t Look a Day Over 12.5 Billion
April 29, 2019


A 19-year-old white supremacist opened fire at a synagogue in Poway, California on Saturday, injuring three people (an eight-year-old girl, her brother-in-law who was trying to protect her, and the rabbi) and killing 60-year-old Lori Kaye who shielded the rabbi from the bullets. The killer posted a manifesto to 8chan (where civilization goes to die, …