I’ve Accomplished Something

December 09, 2016

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John Glenn is dead at the age of 95. Record-breaking pilot, pioneering astronaut, U.S. Senator, and then at age 77, astronaut again. An amazing human being. President Obama said:

The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn. 

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Lie More, Die Sooner

December 08, 2016

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Ohio's legislature passes that terrible "fetal heartbeat" anti-abortion bill, which would ban abortion at the point a heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks into pregnancy - even in cases of rape or incest. If you're an Ohioan, you need to tell Gov. Kasich to stop this bill right now.  

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Always in Danger of Being Shut Down

December 07, 2016

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Angela Merkel calls for a ban on full-face veils at a rabble-rousing speech for her party's conference, veering from her earlier position in which she advocated for bans only in the most specific circumstances when absolutely necessary. CFI, being the stalwarts for freedom of expression and belief that we are, responded:

“We strongly oppose allowing religions to dictate oppressive dress codes on women, but change must come by freeing women to choose their own style of dress — not by imposing bans,” said Michael De Dora, CFI’s director of government affairs. “Targeting Muslim religious practices is a distasteful and dangerous electoral ploy to appeal to rising right-wing sentiments. Civil liberties should never be subjected to political calculus,” he added.

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Adios Ununpentium. Sayonara Ununseptium. Arrivederci Ununoctium.

December 06, 2016

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This past Sunday, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina barged into Comet Ping Pong, a pizza joint in D.C., armed with an assault rifle, fired at least one shot, and declared he was there to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and allies were using the restaurant as a child-sex trafficking front. Welch was arrested.

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Find Two Rules to Get Rid Of

December 05, 2016

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A little good news: It looks like the Russell Amendment, which would have allowed religiously-based discrimination by federal contractors, has died in conference. We dance on its grave:

“This is an even more important victory than it might seem,” said De Dora. “The incoming administration is being staffed by figures who enthusiastically endorse discriminatory measures like this one, and those being pushed through statehouses across the country. It is imperative that we build widespread resistance today so that we are better prepared to defend the secular nature of our government against the assaults of tomorrow.”

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The Magnitude of Suffering that Exists in the World

December 02, 2016

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At the Arizona Daily Star, Gil Shapiro pens an op-ed on the threats to secularism posed by a Trump administration, and brings us in:

Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer and Chair of the Center for Inquiry, our nation’s leading secular think tank stated, “We are concerned that Christianity will be used as an excuse if not a weapon to limit and deny many Americans their Constitutional rights.” 

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Careful the Spell You Cast

December 01, 2016

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As many of us feared, anti-vaxxers have been emboldened by Trump's victory, particularly their quack pseudo-prophet, Andrew Wakefield, who apparently got to meet with Trump during the campaign, and who told STAT:

For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry. ... He didn’t rely upon [drug makers] to get him elected. And he’s a man who seems to speak his mind and act accordingly. 

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This Wallowing Notion of Freedom

November 30, 2016

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Well, they got me. My Quote of the Day yesterday was premised on a fake Trump tweet, and I feel really stupid. The fake, it is everywhere. My apologies.

NONETHELESS, CFI has officially come out in opposition to the REAL tweet in which Trump called for the criminalization of flag burning. CFI president Ron Lindsay:

If America stands for anything, it is the fundamental human right to free speech, which includes the right to express dissent and criticism of one’s own government... 

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We Are Not in the Fourteenth Century

November 29, 2016

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Today is Giving Tuesday, which you probably already know due to the emails piling up in your inbox from do-gooder nonprofits like us. But make no mistake, the incoming administration is not one that is friendly to things like science, reason, facts, or free expression. We're ready to take it on, so come and join us

At a time when millions are nostalgic for an America that probably never was, the Point of Inquiry team thought it would be a good time to rebroadcast a 2013 interview with conservative political humorist PJ O'Rourke

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Let Him Be Struck with Palsy and All His Members Blasted

November 28, 2016

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Has your life been empty over the past week? Did you feel like your soul had been sucked into a swirling vortex of nothingness? You'd probably presume that's because there was no Morning Heresy all last week. But now we're back, and oh look, that swirling vortex is still there. Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.

OMG there's so much stuff to catch up on.

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