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, …

That Incredible Noise
June 26, 2019


Michael Ollove at Pew Trusts’ Stateline looks at the efforts to give teenagers more say in their health decisions, since, you know, their parents seem to think that there are demons in vaccines. New Jersey and DC are considering measures to allow teens to authorize their own vaccinations, and our own Jason Lemieux is slated …

Immoral or Scandalous
June 25, 2019


Behold HowdyCon, a conference for opponents of Scientology, which was hosted by our own Center for Inquiry West in Los Angeles. Hollywood Reporter was there to report on the event which included former Scientologists and a guy from Anonymous who goes by the name Failboat. Quite a joint you’re running over there, Underdown. The Supreme …

Pluck off the bull’s horns and set them in my forehead
June 24, 2019


This is how we get to Gilead, folks. End the Republic Part One: The Briarwood Presbyterian megachurch in Alabama is going to form its own police force with the blessing of the state. That’s not even an exaggeration. The new law says they can “appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as …

RFID Chip to Hell
June 21, 2019 · 1 


As expected, the Supreme Court decided that a 40-foot statue of the “swoosh” logo is not an endorsement of Nike. Wait. I mean a 40-foot statue of an apple with a bite out of it is not an endorsement of the maker of iPhones and Macs. No that’s not it either. A 40-foot Star of …

Eradicated At All Costs
June 20, 2019 · 1 


Hey look! John de Lancie, who will be speaking at CSICon in Las Vegas this October, did a Q&A with Skeptical Inquirer‘s Rob Palmer! YES IT’S A Q&A WITH Q. Here, he hints at his thinking for what he might talk about at CSICon: There is an idea I want to develop. And maybe I …

Scrap It Altogether
June 19, 2019


There’s new material from CFI’s Translations Project: The Arabic translation of Richard Dawkins’ River Out of Eden is now available in EPUB and PDF formats. (MOBI format coming soon.) Free, of course. Alex Jones says someone planted child pornography on Infowars servers, which is of course possible. He then set a $1 million bounty to …

Secularism Police!
June 18, 2019


Roni Caryn Rabin at the New York Times reports on the intense opposition to vaccines that state legislatures are dealing with. An example from Oregon: “It was pretty bloody,” said state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Democrat representing Portland. “I must have gotten a couple thousand emails and phone calls. We stopped answering the phone, basically.” …