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Who to Marginalize Next

July 10, 2020

Anthony Fauci, a man in constant pain, tells FiveThirtyEight, “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.

Pediatrician Phoebe Danziger at NYT: Get people to accept vaccines right freaking now or it won’t matter if we get a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theory sites are beneficiaries of about $25 million in Google and Amazon ad revenue.

Tara Isabella Burton looks at how Christian nationalists have made mask-wearing about masculinity and “blowing things up real good” with “what looks on the surface like an inward-looking nihilism.”

Some folks sneak past security and into a city council meeting in Florida (of course) to start shouting about this being a “Christian nation” and that “The reality is this… that mask won’t protect you but Jesus will protect you.” They were arrested.

Stop making Bill Nye mad and just wear the damn mask. If for no other reason than to protect Bill Nye.

It’s not just that churches got federal money from the Paycheck Protection Program (and boy oh boy did they ever), but that millions went to televangelist crooks like Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart (who I didn’t even know was still alive), and Peter Popoff.


New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin will be challenged this year by Stony Brook University scientist Nancy Goroff, a non-theist who won the Democratic primary, and would be the first woman non-theist Member of Congress if she wins, as well as the first woman PhD. scientist.

Simran Jeet Singh at RNS asks, “Is it even possible to decouple religion from American racism?” (I’m betting “no.”)

An anti-racist, for instance, would be moved to action upon learning of Christianity’s central role in birthing American racism: in seizing sacred sites and land from indigenous communities, in purposefully breaking a treaty that honored those lands and in imposing white Christian nationalism.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez at Religion Dispatches says Trump risks losing evangelical support, not because of his obvious impieties or incompetencies, but because lately he looks less macho. “Trump’s recent appearances have undermined his ability to claim the warrior mantle.”

Will Smith tells Americans not to elect “godless” leaders and later tries to “clarify” that he was not referencing church or religion. So, like, Norse mythology? No anti-Odin candidates, please.

The Satanic Temple is threatening Mississippi with a lawsuit if the state puts “In God We Trust” on its flag. Check out this zinger quote:

“We can not allow opportunistic politicians to insist on collapsing the wall of separation between Church and State as a consolation for the removal of Confederate iconography,” TST spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, states. “They are not being given a choice of whom they can marginalize next.”

How should we feel about probiotics at this point? Scott Gavura says, “There is a lack of evidence to support the use of probiotics for digestive conditions like C difficile infection, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.” There it is.


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 centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.


Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI. Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is.



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