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Debunking the Bible’s Gender Binary

Christian fundamentalists who oppose same-sex marriage, or who attack the identities of transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner, tend to cite one biblical verse more than any other: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” —Genesis 1:27 (KJV) Christians who cite [Read More...]

If You Promote a Story That Turns Out to Be False, Don’t You Have an Obligation to Correct It?

In August 2013, almost two years ago, I wrote about a discouraging story in which skeptic Karen Stollznow wrote about years of harassment by a colleague, later alleged to be CFI’s Benjamin Radford. Seven months later, in March 2014, I wrote an update when I heard that Radford was threatening to sue for libel and [Read More...]

Support CFI’s Freethought Rescue Project

In light of the continuing murders of atheists in Bangladesh and the apathy of the Bangladeshi government, the Center for Inquiry has launched a very worthy project: a Freethought Rescue Fund to bring threatened activists to the U.S. or other secular-friendly countries and help them live here in safety. (At least one of the murdered [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Post-Scarcity Economy

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Dagny’s next stop in the valley brings her to a familiar face: It was not a pass, it was a wall of laminated rock with a complex chain of pipes, pumps and valves climbing like a vine up its narrow ledges, but it bore, on its crest, a huge [Read More...]

Popular Delusions: Electrosensitivity

It’s a fact that allergies are becoming a bigger and bigger problem in Western society. An ever-widening array of foods – milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish – have become dangerous to many people, sometimes life-threateningly so. Even traditional societies that adopt a Western lifestyle start to develop allergies along the same pattern. It’s unknown what’s causing [Read More...]

Marital Rape in the Bible

The newest Christian site making the rounds on atheist Twitter is Biblical Gender Roles, The author says only that he’s a white man and a conservative Christian (so of course he’s qualified to tell everyone else how they should conduct themselves in accordance with his archaic notion of gender roles). Today I wanted to focus [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: May 31

• Rabbis in a British branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism forbid women from driving – and threaten to expel their children from school if they’re caught violating the ban. • The horrific news keeps coming out of Bangladesh, as Islamists circulate a hit list of secular writers whom they want to kill. • “As the country [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: Sonic Highways

I just saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and I’m still a little breathless – best movie of the year so far, Charlize Theron was fantastic, and I see why it made internet misogynists so upset. Plus it had a postapocalyptic gang of gun-toting biker grannies; you can’t beat that. Foo Fighters are a good fit [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Natural Capital

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I In spite of Ayn Rand’s professed hatred for nature, we’ve already seen that Galt’s Gulch is a place of improbable natural beauty. This section further emphasizes that, as John Galt and Dagny continue their tour: A stretch of violent turquoise blue split the cliffs ahead, ending the road; it [Read More...]

The Hidden Garden of Ex-Muslim Atheists

While I don’t believe there’s anything like a law that good and evil have to be in balance, the headlines of the past few months seem to give that impression. Even as the countries of the West shed their theocratic past and progresses toward a brighter and more secular future, there’s never been a blacker [Read More...]

Ireland Says Yes to Equality

Last week, Ireland held a referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, and the good guys won a landslide victory: Some 62% of the Irish Republic’s electorate voted in favour of gay marriage. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops. The huge [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Fiat Motors

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Dagny and John Galt set off on their tour of the valley. They drop Quentin Daniels off at Midas Mulligan’s house (“the only one built two stories high, an odd combination of fortress and pleasure resort, with stout granite walls and broad, open terraces”), then drive on: Abruptly, behind [Read More...]

The Hypocrisy of Tolerance at the Touro Synagogue

I’m on vacation this week in New England. Yesterday I visited the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island – the oldest Jewish synagogue in North America, dating back to the colonial era. It was founded by Jews fleeing a long history of persecution in Europe: first the Alhambra Decree expelling them from Spain, then the [Read More...]

How Low Will It Go? The Continuing Decline of American Christianity

The Pew Research Center has released a huge new survey of the American religious landscape, showing how the demographics have shifted from 2007 to 2014. And the lede is very, very good for us: [A] major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages [Read More...]

#BeyondMarieCurie: Women in STEM & Medicine

In a bid to give women scientists other than Marie Curie the recognition they’re too often denied, science editor Melissa Vaught asked for contributions to a Twitter hashtag, #BeyondMarieCurie, listing women with noteworthy achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Show More Summary

Atlas Shrugged: There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Just as Dagny and John Galt prepare to set out, they have a visitor: They were finishing breakfast when she saw Mulligan’s car stopping in front of the house. The driver leaped out, raced up the path and rushed into the room, not pausing to ring or knock. It [Read More...]

How We Built the Ghettos, Why We Built the Ghettos

In the wake of the protests and riots that convulsed Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, there was unexpected and welcome news: state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby moved quickly to indict the police officers who let him die in their custody. I was surprised and pleased to see that she threw the book at them, [Read More...]

Why Do Many Christians Still Literally Believe in Demons and Satan?

This article was originally published on AlterNet. If there’s anywhere in the U.S. where you’d expect aggressively conservative, domineering religion to be a relic of the past, it’s tolerant and culturally liberal Massachusetts. But even in that blue enclave, the theocratic impulse is still surprisingly powerful. We found this out when a student group at [Read More...]

Upcoming Travel Plans for Summer 2015

I’m traveling all over the place in the next few months. If you’d like to come out and see me, here’s what’s on the agenda: • First of all, the week of May 18-22, I’m going on a road trip swing through New England. This is a purely personal vacation, with no conferences or speaking [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Social Atom

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I After breakfast, Dagny asks John Galt if he’ll take her out to see the valley. He agrees to give her the grand tour: He got up, went to the telephone and dialed a number. “Hello, Midas? … Yes… He did? Yes, she’s all right… Will you rent me your [Read More...]

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