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Orlando: A Message to Faith Defenders and Larger Implications for the LGBTQ+ Community
June 15, 2016


A reflection on the horrific events of June 12th, 2016, and the reactions to them.

Waking up to the news of the Orlando shooting on Sunday set off a chain of emotions within myself. I was shocked. I was angry. I cried. I was angry again, so on forth and so forth. The Pulse shooting has weighed very heavily on my mind since the moment I read the news, and I feel that there is so much to say about this event. This tragedy, that resulted in the deaths of 49 innocent individuals, provides commentary on so many of today’s issues that narrowing it down to just one or two, as I’ve seen many on the internet do, does not in any way do it, or the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, justice. That being said, I am in no way claiming to cover all of these issues in this post, but I do want to reflect and share my own thoughts on this tragedy, and perhaps provide some perspective on two of the aspects that I have yet to see covered.


Obergefell Looks Safe in Kavanaugh Era, But LGBTQ Rights Outlook is Bleak
January 28, 2019


With the election of Trump, and the following changes to the Supreme Court, one of the most common questions I was asked by people outside of the secular movement was what this would mean for marriage equality. After all, the decision in Obergefell came down less than 4 years ago, and was a 5-4 ruling, …


CFI Amongst 70+ Groups Urging Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill
Office of Public Policy
July 6, 2016

The Center for Inquiry has joined more than 70 national, state, and local groups today in sending a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) urging him to cancel a hearing on a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBTQ people, women, and others. The misleadingly titled First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598 / H.R. 2802), introduced by …


CDC Must Not Cave to GOP’s Hostility to Science and LGBTQ Americans, Says Center for Inquiry
December 18, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must not sacrifice scientific accuracy, nor the rights and dignity of transgender Americans in order to appease ideologues in Congress, said the Center for Inquiry.


Stone-Cold, Motherless Last
November 6, 2019


11,258 scientists sign on to a study titled “World scientists’ warning of a climate emergency”: “Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament,” the study states. The paper bases its conclusions on a set of easy-to-understand indicators that …


What Did I Just Snort?
February 13, 2018


The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Vouchers! The White House wants to direct $1 billion in public funds into vouchers for private and religious schools! If course they do. Maybe they wouldn’t seem to “acceptable” of instead of calling them vouchers we called them, like, “creationism coupons.” Just a thought. You guys can run with that.


We Are Barbarians
June 27, 2019


There was a presidential debate last night! It was fine. The cynical twisting of the concept of “religious liberty” into a license to discriminate is working. PRRI polling shows that the percentage of Americans who think it’s okay to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation because of religious beliefs has almost doubled since 2014, …


No Sting Songs for You
August 15, 2019


When federal contractors want to stomp all over the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration hands them metal cleats. BuzzFeed reports on the Labor Department’s draft rule: The Trump administration on Wednesday formally proposed a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on …


Kennedy’s Exit Could Entrench Religious Privilege and Discrimination, Warns Center for Inquiry
June 27, 2018

The last bulwark against religious privilege and oppression has fallen with the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned the Center for Inquiry today, urging the U.S Senate to ensure that whoever President Trump chooses to replace him will not work to turn back the clock on hard-won civil rights. “Raising another Alito or Gorsuch …


That Sounds Like an Infomercial
June 12, 2020


Justine Calma at The Verge reports on the #BlackintheIvory campaign about the black experience in academia and the sciences: Thousands of tweets detailing what it’s like to be black in the ivory towers of universities and research institutions point to deep-seated problems. Tweet after tweet describes similar, horrifying experiences from individuals spread across the world. …