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 …

You have been listening to the wrong Indian Gurus so far
October 19, 2020 by

A message from Vinod Bhardwaj, inventor, entrepreneur, and board member of the Center for Inquiry. Register now to watch a live discussion between Richard Dawkins and Javed Akhtar, a real indian guru who “speaks sense nonstop”.  Javed Akhtar the poet, lyricist, and legendary screenwriter of the Indian film industry, will formally receive the Richard Dawkins Award for …

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 …

Amplify the Misunderstanding
October 15, 2020 by

FiveThirtyEight digs into the numbers to see just how conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett actually is. The answer: Really damn conservative. Law professors Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman in the Post: “Rather than insisting that religious groups be treated equally, [Barrett] seems to approve of those groups receiving special privileges, as compared with their secular …

Giving Me the Vapors
October 14, 2020 by

After you deal with your kids’ disappointment over whatever Halloween turns out to be this year, you’ll need some affirming ritual to psychologically reset. Luckily, CFI and a bunch of other orgs are partnering to hold a Secular Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos Secular) Zoom event on November 1. Our boss Robyn …

The Weakest Evidence You Can Get
October 13, 2020 by

Carl Zimmer looks a few months ahead to the probable release of a few “so-so vaccines,” writing, “there may well be several coronavirus vaccines for American consumers to choose from. But that choice will be tough.” David Rosenberg at Foreign Policy looks at the defiance of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities to public health measures in both …

The Jig is Up
October 12, 2020 by

Thursday’s Skeptical Inquirer Presents with Sasha Sagan was so great. One of those, “wow, I needed that” moments. You can go have that moment whenever you like now, as the video of the event is up. At Skeptical Inquirer the Website, Stuart Vyse looks at the claim that pandemic health orders are obstacles to economic …

I’m Not Finished Blessing You
October 8, 2020 by

The speaker for tonight’s Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event is Sasha Sagan, helping us godless folks find some meaning in a meaningless universe. Or, that’s how I’m thinking about it. Register now! 7pm ET! It’s free! Here’s a Point of Inquiry guest I bet you didn’t expect! Jim Underdown interviews Chris Matheson, screenwriter of …

You Might Consider Woodworking
October 7, 2020 by

New pieces from the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine are now available online: Leighann Lord on frustrations with “respectability politics.” Anthony Pinn on how humanists must confront “the relationship between blackness and death.” Tom Flynn on how JFK’s Houston speech “set a new agenda for American attitudes toward religion.” In a year we all …