10 Commandments Under Fire
October 11, 2018


4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

This is a problem. Every major pro sport plays on Sunday. God doesn’t want to mess with the NFL.

And Christian women, look closely at this commandment and notice who doesn’t get a day off… YOU!

Cattle get the Sabbath off. Strangers within thy gates (there are plenty of these in my neighborhood) get the Sabbath off. Slaves? Yep. (and this is pre-OSHA)
Women? Sorry. No.

One more thing here. Why does the all-powerful creator of the universe need rest? Does he get tired after a long week of whipping up matter and energy? Is he out of breath or have a stitch in his side? If you are ALL-powerful, you are in tremendous shape. Ironman triathletes don’t have to rest when they walk up a flight of stairs. Apparently God does.

Don’t Spray It
October 11, 2018


The journal Scientific Reports (run by the folks who publish Nature) ran a paper on how homeopathy can reduce pain, and lordy lordy, wouldn’t you know it, turns out the paper was full of garbage research. Meanwhile, a company called Sprayology (oh boy) is recalling its homeopathic sprays that are supposed to help with everything from …

Why Women Aren’t Heard | Silencing of Women in the Catholic Church
October 10, 2018


The #MeToo movement has grown tremendously in the past year. The MeToo Movement urges us to look honestly at the widespread, worldwide mistreatment of women. Institutions everywhere are supposed to learn to take seriously women’s repeated complaints against sexual assault and sexual harassment. The importance of the movement for women’s rights was reemphasized when the …

The Symbol of a Circle Produces a Single Sound
October 10, 2018


CFI’s Council for Secular Humanism has announced the winners of this year’s Forkosch Awards: Kurt Andersen for his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and Rebecca Goldstein for her Free Inquiry article “Mattering Matters.”  So it turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for over 70 percent of global carbon emissions. When it’s …

Aliens? Balloon Boy? Bright Lights over Fort Collins, CO.
October 9, 2018


On Saturday evening, September 1, 2018, observers saw two UFOs over Fort Collins, CO. Described as “two glowing lights in the sky,” they caused a stir, and responses from observers were forthcoming. Residents in nearby Windsor, Wellington, and Bellvue also saw the pair of bright lights and speculated about their source. Theories included aliens, planets—even …

Mitigating the Effects of Sudden Bodily Fluid Vaporization
October 9, 2018


Time to be on the lookout for something called the American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience, a kind of religious-liberty-contract-with-America-accord developed by Christian scholars, and which Frederick Clarkson at Rewire says “is marred by efforts to slant the meaning of religious freedom towards conservative interests in the culture war, and to silence advocates for …

Breathtaking (While You Still Can)
October 8, 2018


Both literally and metaphorically, the world burns. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we’re just about out of time avert climate disaster, and there’s really no way we’re going to catch up: To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far-reaching” transformation …

Behind the Gopherwood Curtain, Norman the Bad Elephant, God Loves SOME of You…
October 4, 2018


Are you worried about going to hell? (Laughter) I mean, what would you say if you died and ended up in hell?

I’m not worried because I don’t think hell exists.But if I died and actually did end up in hell, I’d be surprised. You gotta be kidding me, I’d say. All indications were that this is a myth!

So Utterly Unimpressed
October 4, 2018


Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is encouraging all students (one assumes that includes those who are not Christian) to bring Bibles to school for, yes, Bring Your Bible to School Day. Now, since it’s “Bring YOUR Bible,” one could, in theory, bring whatever one considers to be one’s own “bible,” such as another religious text, The …

‘A Little Bit Subversive’: Science and Skepticism at the Dutchess County Fair
October 4, 2018


Picture a county fair. What do you see? A petting zoo and a cattle competition? A blacksmith and an old-time tractor display? A Ferris wheel and a funnel cake stand? The Dutchess County Fair in New York State’s Hudson Valley has all those things, but in 2018 it also had a bunch of tattoos and …