Pawns of Darkness, Space Junk, and Imminent Hazards
October 27, 2020 by

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court last night, after which she was quickly sworn in and then partook in a weird ceremony of waving from the Truman Balcony of the White House with Trump in what NYT‘s Nicholas Fandos wrote was “more befitting a political rally than the …

Good Landing Pads Make Good Neighbors
October 26, 2020 by

The chat between Richard Dawkins and Javed Akhtar on Saturday was really interesting, in ways even I didn’t expect. You can see the live-tweeting we did here. While of course largely in agreement with Dawkins, it was fascinating to get Akhtar’s perspective on some areas of either disagreement or at least nuanced difference. Oh, also, …

Kill All the Birds!
October 23, 2020 by

We’ve got two big events queued up over the next week for you. Tomorrow morning (well, morning if you’re in the U.S., 11am ET), it’s the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award ceremony on Zoom, where Richard himself will be in conversation with this year’s winner, Indian poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. It is not too …

Eddie Tabash on the Stakes for Secularism at the Supreme Court: Thursday on CFI Insider
October 22, 2020 by

Eddie Tabash: SCOTUS v. Separation of Church and State If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, what will become of the wall of separation between church and state? Find out on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm ET, on the next CFI INSIDER live online event, as Eddie Tabash delivers the …

Elfin and Mephistophelian
October 22, 2020 by

James Randi has died at the age of 92. Randi helped found what would become the Center for Inquiry in 1976, alongside greats such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and Paul Kurtz. Here’s what CFI president and CEO Robyn Blumner said in our statement last night: To the skeptical movement, he was a hero. To …

The Alleged Neutrality of Originalism: A Pernicious Myth
October 22, 2020 by

Unless something unforeseen occurs, sometime next week, the Republican majority in the Senate will confirm Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. With Barrett on the Court, we will have another self-described “originalist” resolving constitutional controversies. This is regrettable because originalism is a deeply flawed jurisprudential theory: it purports to respect the …

The Asteroid Called. It Wants its Dirt Back.
October 21, 2020 by

Understandably, Americans’ trust in the information they get about COVID-19 has dropped since the spring, with trust in Trump on the topic dropping from a sad 23 percent to a piddling 16 percent. The only thing more mistrusted than Trump on COVID is social media. Here’s info you CAN trust, CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Consider …

Apple of His Eye, Out on a Limb
October 20, 2020 by

CFI Board Member Vinod Bhardwaj urges those intrigued by Indian spiritual gurus to instead look to someone like Javed Akhtar, who we’ll be honoring with the Richard Dawkins Award this Saturday. Vinod says, “Try to use your mind. Do not turn off your mind to experience the truth as the Gurus want you to.” At …

Je suis enseignant
October 19, 2020 by

Here at The Morning Heresy, I try to put at least a tinge of humor into the day’s news, but sometimes there are events that simply afford no levity. And so here we are: In France, high school history teacher Samuel Paty had shown a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad to his students as a …

Paging Dr. Bananas
October 16, 2020 by

“The most important religious group to the 2020 presidential election is not really a religious group at all,” says Ryan Burge. He means the nothing-in-particulars, which make up about 20 percent of the electorate (a subset of “nones” which are even more numerous). “Persuading nothing in particulars … may not just be the key to …