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No Religion! No Anything!

August 7, 2020

CFI is leading a coalition of major secular-freethought organizations pushing Congress to keep the next round of pandemic relief funds from benefiting sectarian religious schools, and keeping the focus—and the funding—on public education.

President Trump said Joe Biden will “Take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything. Hurt the bible, hurt God. He’s against God, he’s against guns.” He doesn’t seem to have whole lot of confidence in this God fellow.

The guy who founded The Federalist is amplifying the bunk claims of a naturopath that face masks cause hypoxia and harms the heart and kidneys (none of which is true, but you knew that).

Despite what Flat-Earthers and websites that make fake mask-exemption cards tell you, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not exempt anyone from mask mandates because of their religion. (You knew that, too.)

All the focus on hydroxychloroquine has slowed down studies of convalescent plasma for a COVID-19 treatment.

Georgia State law professor Eric Segall on whether the government can restrict religious gatherings during the pandemic: “We have rights from the Constitution, not the Bible. Biblical duties don’t trump our laws. Period. Full stop.” That’s what we’ve been saying!!

Facebook says it has booted a huge 200,000-member QAnon group off its platform for “for crossing the lines on bullying and harassment, hate speech, and false information that could lead to harm.”

The State Department (yes, the current one) says Russia is engaged in an online disinformation campaign to sow confusion and boost conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

Salman Rushdie is asking Twitter to take down a tweet falsely attributing a fake quote to him about how Muslims’ “only goal is to destroy the whole nation by terrorism.” Rushdie says, “I have never said anything of this sort.”

SCOTUSblog is running a blog-symposium on the Roberts Court and its rulings on religious issues, with three pieces up right now.

Humanists International published a letter from Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Wole Soyinka to Nigerian humanist leader Mubarak Bala, who has been imprisoned now for more than 100 days:

Despite the dangers, you have stood firm in your convictions and true to your values. You have lived. You have stood against the tide of religious imperialism. You have fought for all Humanity, to ensure a better, fairer, world for all. You have not sought to appease those that treasure scrolls. You have not bowed to pressure to revere their unseen deities.

Ericka Andersen—formerly of the National Review and the Heritage Foundation—writes at NYT that Republicans are ready to get serious about climate change. What? Is that a football you’re holding for me to kick?

NASA is going to change some nicknames of distant cosmic objects such as the “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy.”: “These nicknames and terms may have historical or culture connotations that are objectionable or unwelcoming, and NASA is strongly committed to addressing them.”

Meanwhile, scientists are looking to change the names of human genes because their numerical designations break Excel, which thinks those numbers indicate dates. The Verge: “One study from 2016 examined genetic data shared alongside 3,597 published papers and found that roughly one-fifth had been affected by Excel errors.” Uh, yeah, we’d better fix that. You win, Excel. YOU WIN.

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