The Alleged Neutrality of Originalism: A Pernicious Myth
October 22, 2020 by

Unless something unforeseen occurs, sometime next week, the Republican majority in the Senate will confirm Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. With Barrett on the Court, we will have another self-described “originalist” resolving constitutional controversies. This is regrettable because originalism is a deeply flawed jurisprudential theory: it purports to respect the …

May Her Memory Be a Blessing: On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020 by

We lost a friend Friday night. And, as a movement, we in the secular, pro-science, reality-based community don’t have a lot of friends in positions of power. Certainly not friends like Justice Ginsburg. For issues at the core of our mission here at the Center for Inquiry, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was more than a …

When Anti-Vaccination Fears Come From Inside the House
September 11, 2020 by

This is the eighth in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Check back often for updates and new information.  While some may think that protests about vaccinations are a …

What Makes Conservatives More Religious Than Liberals?
September 9, 2020 by

The following article originally appeared in the January/February 2012 edition of The American Rationalist. The American Rationalist was published by the Center for Inquiry. The Center for Inquiry looks back at its extensive publication history to offer readers critical perspectives on the separation of church and state, science, religion, applied philosophy, and skepticism. It is a curious …

Funny…The One True God
August 11, 2020 by

I guess what I am asking, in this justifiably sensitive world, is that people consider the source when deciding whether it’s ok to laugh at something. It really does matter who’s making the joke. Yes, there’s a lot of shit that needs correcting in this country, and we shouldn’t let up for a moment in working toward a better world. But not everyone who tries to make a joke is a bad person, and no one is funny every time. That’s just a fact.

5 Things I wish Trump WOULD Endorse
July 16, 2020 by

Trump should be allowed to promote – as vigorously as he’d like – the following list of products and brands to his supporters.

Homemade Fugu

Mmmm mmm, I do love me some Fugu on the barbie. When I have some of the other millionaires-claiming-to-be-billionaires over for a back-porch cookout, I love to surprise them with some pufferfish. I make the best fugu. Ask anyone. They tell me it’s hard to clean properly, but how hard can it be? You cut, gut, and toss it on the grill. It’s the best. I’m the best.

The Democratic Left, Biden, and Rational Choices
April 13, 2020 by

Voting for a political candidate is not always the result of a careful, well-informed consideration of the various pros and cons of having this candidate hold elective office. (Yes, I’m known for my understatement.) Ignorance, bias, and emotion influence voter choice. The role of ignorance and bias is lamentable, but can’t do much about these …

Misleading Polls and Bad Statistics: Do Republicans Think Education is Bad?
January 9, 2020 by

A June 6, 2018, article from ChurchandState.org titled “Propaganda Works – 58 Percent of Republicans Believe Education Is Bad” was shared on social media by liberals and Democrats, gleeful that their assumptions about conservative anti-intellectualism had been borne out in objective, quantifiable data from a respected polling organization. The widely-shared article states that “Fox News, …

‘Richard Jewell,’ Skepticism, and Media Literacy
December 27, 2019 by

The recent Clint Eastwood film Richard Jewell holds interesting lessons about skepticism, media literacy, and both the obligations and difficulties of translating real events into fictional entertainment. It’s no secret that non-police security officers get little or no respect. They’re universally mocked and ignored in malls, security checkpoints, and airports. The stereotype is the self-important, …

Misleading Memes as Cloaked Propaganda
June 21, 2019 by

Soon after a university cheating scandal recently broke, a meme declared that “White privilege is REAL,” and gave three examples presumably illustrating that premise. The first shows a photo of actress Felicity Huffman and states that “Feds will seek 4 months jail time for Felicity Huffman for bribing her daughter into college.” This is contrasted …