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Just Asking Questions Here

August 21, 2020

The final night of the Democratic Party’s e-convention slathered on the god-talk, but also made room for us heathens: Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrats’ unofficial see-we-are-religious guy, said that Joe Biden will “be a president for Americans of all faiths, as well as people of conscience who practice no particular faith.”

Biden himself hit climate change hard in his speech, and included science, along with things like decency and democracy, as being “on the ballot.” It’s not good that science needs to be on the ballot, but it’s good that someone cares enough about it to make the point.

The Christian Broadcasting Network is losing its mind because some delegates at small convention events dropped “under God” from their pledges of allegiance.

Did you know that “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib is a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus? It’s true.

Tomorrow, August 22, a coalition of ex-Mulsim organizations will mark the First International Apostasy Day, and our own Robyn Blumner is a signatory in support.


Benjamin Radford digs into the data about COVID-19 conspiracy belief, pointing out partisan disparities and the outsized influence of social media platforms.

This is a neat turn of events. The Plandemic sequel’s big screwup was announcing its release date so all the platforms were ready to block it.

BuzzFeed watched the Plandemic sequel so you don’t have to, giving in “zero stars” and saying it is 80 minutes of tangents, “none of which even rises to the level of just asking questions here.”

Vice: Anti-maskers and COVID-deniers have reached a dangerous level of influence in India.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has tested positive for the coronavirus.

COVID-19 may get to team up with another virus, enterovirus D68, or EV-D68. It’s like polio, it goes after kids, and Clay Jones says, “spread the word and be on the lookout for young kids with weak arms or legs.”

Time: The conspiracy-obsessed extreme right is raking in cash during the pandemic.


Susan Gerbic at Skeptical Inquirer says the big celebrity psychics and mediums are losing their cultural importance: “If your grief vampire seems a bit off, snarky, or seems to be losing their freshness and shine, there is another one only a click away.”

Men’s Health interviews Graeme Tomlinson, a pseudoscience-busting chef and Instagram (ugh) influencer (ugh). His heresy? He dissed avocado toast.

Okay, so what if we put the mandated “In God We Trust” on the new Mississippi flag, but we make it TINY? Like, optometrist-visit-tiny.

Atheists United is trying to get the image of the Catholic priest-turned-saint Junipero Serra off the official seal of Ventura County, California.

There’s a dent in Earth’s magnetic field because we can’t have nice things.


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.


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