Eradicated At All Costs
June 20, 2019 · 1 

Hey look! John de Lancie, who will be speaking at CSICon in Las Vegas this October, did a Q&A with Skeptical Inquirer‘s Rob Palmer! YES IT’S A Q&A WITH Q. Here, he hints at his thinking for what he might talk about at CSICon: There is an idea I want to develop. And maybe I …

Scrap It Altogether
June 19, 2019

There’s new material from CFI’s Translations Project: The Arabic translation of Richard Dawkins’ River Out of Eden is now available in EPUB and PDF formats. (MOBI format coming soon.) Free, of course. Alex Jones says someone planted child pornography on Infowars servers, which is of course possible. He then set a $1 million bounty to …

Secularism Police!
June 18, 2019

Roni Caryn Rabin at the New York Times reports on the intense opposition to vaccines that state legislatures are dealing with. An example from Oregon: “It was pretty bloody,” said state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Democrat representing Portland. “I must have gotten a couple thousand emails and phone calls. We stopped answering the phone, basically.” …

Ham’s Sham
June 17, 2019

How can you honestly expect the atheist community to get behind your project when the building and structure of your ark is so vastly different from Noah’s ark? Noah could follow simple instructions. Why wouldn’t you heed God’s word?

What you did is like doing Civil War reenactments with assault rifles and Kevlar jackets. Or depicting Galileo looking at the moons of Jupiter with a 14” Celestron telescope. The Ark Encounter is so inaccurate we simply can’t take it seriously.

I May Still Be a Little Sad
June 17, 2019

Endorsing a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning (what year is it???), Trump showcases his astounding inability to recognize or process irony by declaring said amendment “a no brainer.” Law professor Jay Wexler has a big piece at Vox in which he lists things he wishes more people understood about atheists. For example, the whole thing with …

Soulless Creatures
June 14, 2019

The state of New York has ended religious exemptions to vaccine requirements. About damn time. Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura at the New York Times reports on how Waldorf schools in New York are serving as host bodies for anti-vaxxer propaganda to thrive and spread. Get ready to lose whatever hope the previous news item gave you: …

Ongoing Problems
June 12, 2019

According to Pew Research, 79 percent of Americans say the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is “ongoing,” because it obviously is. Even 69 percent of Catholics understand this. Unexpectedly, Pope Francis has only a 55 percent approval rating among U.S. Catholics. The bishops of said ongoing problem are meeting in Baltimore, and Jack …

I Don’t Know Where to Begin With This Nonsense
June 11, 2019 · 1 covers CFI’s case against Walmart for their sale and marketing of fake medicine—homeopathy—to consumers. It also mentions our CVS case, and they are singing a weirdly defiant tune: CVS has dismissed the civil complaint against it as having “no merit,” adding that it offers some homeopathic remedies in compliance with the FDA and the …

An Odd Stage of Development
June 10, 2019

Please allow me to gloat as Portland, the one in Maine, which I’ll call Portland Prime,  ranks number 2 on the Barna Group’s “Most Post-Christian Cities in America”: To qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals must meet nine or more of our 16 criteria (listed below), which identify a lack of Christian identity, belief and practice. These …

The ‘FBI Bigfoot Investigation’: Where’s the Beef?
June 7, 2019

Breathless headlines earlier this week referred to the “FBI Investigating Bigfoot,” a clickbaity phrase if ever social media saw one, along with the promise that newly-declassified FBI files shed light on the mystery. As intriguing and sensational as it sounds, it turns out to be much ado about nothing. I’ll summarize the story, but there’s …