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Undermine the Entire Enterprise

August 12, 2020

The new Free Inquiry issue celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and the next CFI Insider on August 26 will feature the authors of the issue’s feature articles: Historians Judith Wellman and Susan Goodier with our own Tom Flynn.

Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s running mate. RNS helpfully reminds us that she was a co-sponsor of the Do No Harm Act, which would have reversed a lot of the damage done by RFRA and the Hobby Lobby decision.

Jeopardy genius Ken Jennings on Harris’s role: “The VP’s job is to distract the refs and maybe throw a chair at Jesus while Biden is hurting God.”

Osita Nwanevu at The New Republic: “The notion that Democratic politicians are ‘against God’ is one of the load-bearing pillars of conservative politics.”

Another major political figure has viciously attacked opponents for “the attempt … to destroy all religious opinion, and to pervert a whole people to Atheism.” That’s Alexander Hamilton in 1798.

Benjamin Radford on President Trump’s weapon of choice: “No modern politician has so successfully and routinely employed conspiracy theories as Donald Trump.”

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemns the death sentence for blasphemy of Nigerian singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu. Man, it’s weird being on the same side as Tony Perkins for anything.

A protest in Bangalore over “blasphemous” Facebook posts by a politician’s relative ends with three people dead.

Jim Underdown at “Ask the Atheist”: In a justifiably sensitive world, “Being funny is the one true god. If it’s funny, all else is forgiven.”

A guy in Maine was arrested for erasing a Christian ministry’s anti-gay messages scrawled in colored chalk on public streets.

Rep. Jared Huffman on coming out as nonreligious: “[Everyone] thought it would hurt my political future, and I went against all of that advice, because it just felt like the right thing to do, and sometimes you need to do that.”

Just to make things a little more difficult, it turns out those train-robber-looking neck gaiter masks are probably worse than no mask at all. Okay, but what if they’re special gaiters?

Americans have been conned out of $100 million in COVID-19 scams. Facebook has removed 7 million posts of COVID-19 misinformation.

Nature: Experts say of Russia’s fast-tracking a vaccine: “If they get it wrong it could undermine the entire global enterprise.” Oh great.

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

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