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Religious People really are more Dogmatic and Conservative
June 1, 2011


There are many advantages to having a flexible mind.


Extreme Religious Conservative Group (Mistakenly?) Leaves CFI Off Its Enemies List
March 6, 2015

When the ultra-conservative Christian activist group the American Family Association released a list of groups it alleges “openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith,” we were livid. Not because they’d be so egregiously backward as to consider support of LGBTQ equality and church-state separation to be “bigoted” (well, not just because), but because we weren’t …


Conservative Justices Seek to Establish Religion as Legal Trump Card
January 22, 2019

Center for Inquiry Statement on Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a high school football coach who ignored directives not to hold public prayer sessions on the school field at games. Coach Joseph Kennedy was fired for his unwillingness to end the practice, and sued, all the …


How Does Humanism Find Moral Value
February 16, 2009


Humanists agree that we have ethical obligations to everyone, but how can we tell what has moral value?


A Closer Look at The Republican Brain
April 15, 2012


The Republican Brain is a well-written and informative book. I learned a lot from it. It’s also an important book. It advances a thesis that, if true, has significant implications for psychology, politics, and public policy. The book marshals a wide array of research in support of its thesis, and this research is accurately and perceptively summarized. However, I don’t believe there is sufficient evidence to support the book’s central claims.


The Republican Brain—Is It Sound Science?
April 10, 2012


Chris Mooney is an experienced science journalist, a skilled writer, a great host for Point of Inquiry, and a friend. Not a close friend, but he is someone who has helped me and CFI on several occasions and I never forget a favor. But, paraphrasing Aristotle, although Chris is dear to me, so too is truth. I’m concerned that Chris’s new book may be advancing a thesis that lacks adequate scientific support.


The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness
September 4, 2012


Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

The “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon is “dead.” (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness.


An Evening with S.E. Cupp
March 31, 2010


I recently had the opportunity to participate in a discussion with conservative pundit S.E. Cupp.


Can the Bible Make People more Liberal?
July 25, 2011


Are atheists blaming the Bible for making conservative and hateful Christians just factually wrong about the Bible?


At Least Two Minutes
May 22, 2017


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

Trump goes to Saudi Arabia, probably to pick up some tips on theocratic oppression. He gave a speech, and notably did not use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” which we are told will solve All World Problems when uttered by someone in power, so I dunno why he omitted it. Oh and we’re going to sell them $110 billion in weapons, which I’m sure the Saudis will put to use in a way we can all be proud. 

He also said, “Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death,” which I don’t think are mutually exclusive, but what do I know? I’m not the president or anything.