I’d Really Prefer That You Didn’t

July 12, 2018

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First, something uplifting. For CFI, that very often means the latest report from George Ongere at CFI Kenya, who shares some news about what he and CFI Kenya’s Humanist Orphans Center were able to do for a little girl with albinism. Plus, he gives a little update on the Ron Lindsay Library.

CFI’s VP and General Counsel Nick Little is the guest on The Phil Ferguson Show, talking about our consumer fraud lawsuit against CVS over homeopathy.

Matt Wilkins at Scientific American busts open a huge myth about plastic recycling, the idea that its consumers and their day-to-day practices that have any real impact on plastic pollution, as opposed to the plastic-producing industries that have convinced us we’re to blame. This article blew my mind.

At CSICOP.org, Kenny Biddle solves one of the great mysteries of our time: Does Elvis Presley (who they say died in 1977) have a cameo in 1990’s Home Alone?

Jim Underdown in his Ask the Atheist column answers questions about the age of God, how to deal with door-knocking proselytizers, and what religion Jim would pick if he absolutely had to.

Chris Babits at the Post urges the Senate to grill Brett Kavanaugh on the pseudoscience of gay conversion therapy, especially now that my state’s doofus of a governor became the first governor to veto a ban on the practice, claiming it was about “religious liberty.”

Here’s some more religious liberty for you: The Australian state of Victoria is churning its guts over whether to require priests to report confessions of child sexual abuse.

Rajveer Upadhyay is petitioning the Indian government to allow him to be officially described as atheist or secular, and they won’t let him. (Religious liberty!) Now he’s willing to just declare his religious affiliation as “nationalist,” assuming that “no one should have a problem” with that. I dunno, Rajveer.

This dude William Fizer, opining in the Roanoke Times, says atheists need to remember that their right to be an atheist comes from Christianity, and all these atheists are ruining everything, because the courts made decisions “out of context” with Christian principles, which I guess means if the courts had made the “right” decisions, it would not be okay to be an atheist. Sooooooo….religious liberty!

Ugh, it’s so frustrating that all these laws in California cities make it so hard for a person to make money by pretending they can read minds, predict the future, and talk to the dead. Where’s their religious liberty to scam people?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joined his daughters on a BBC podcast in support of them speaking out about their disabilities and the discrimination they face. And he says this:

I’ve had times when people have said, ‘Could we pray for you?’ And if I wasn’t the Archbishop I’d have actually said, ‘I’d really prefer that you didn’t’. But I feel that I can’t always say that.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has been directed by the country’s Senate to block all websites that have any blasphemous material. Sorry, Pakistan, there goes about 90% of the web.

I’d forgotten how totally convinced Dan Aykroyd is that alien abductions are a thing.

A lion wanders into a woman’s house, and she claims she used her psychic powers to guide it back out. That’s exactly what the lion wants you to think.

If you don’t wear a motorcycle helmet in Bangalore, India, Yama, the Hindu god of death, will chase you through the streets. Awesome.

Quote of the Day

This is a surprise: According to political science professor Michele Margolis, writing in the Times, “Most Americans choose a political party before choosing whether to join a religious community or how often to attend religious services.”

Analyzing these data, I find that twentysomething Democrats and Republicans were equally secular: Most had pulled away from religion after high school, and Democrats and Republicans did so at similar rates. But nine years later, Republicans had become much more likely to attend church than their Democratic counterparts. In contrast, even those who bucked the secular trend and remained religious in their 20s were no more likely than less religious members of their cohort to join the Republican ranks in their 30s.

In other words, those who were already Republican sought out kindred political spirits at church, while Democrats opted to spend their Sundays elsewhere.

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