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We are the Cleveland Freethinkers- a large and growing group of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers from across northern Ohio and beyond.
We hope to help provide a beacon of rationalism in this highly irrational world.
About once or twice a month (though sometimes once or twice a week, depending on how much I’m reading at the time), I come across an article or blog that makes some important point that I agree with. Maybe it’s about the need for skepticism, or about politics, or anything else. I’m reading along, nodding in approval in paragraph after paragraph (or assertion […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. In a petty and spiteful move, President Trump rescinds the protections for transgender students implemented by President Obama last year. Interestingly, the key person opposed to this move against students was the Education Secretary herself, Betsy DeVo […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Here comes the Trump deportation force, which aims to: ... publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; a […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Point of Inquiry this week features James McGrath Morris, biographer of “the First Lady of the black press,” Ethel Payne. 69 threats have now come into 54 different Jewish Community Centers across the country, with the latest “wave” of threats occurrin […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Happy Presidents’ Day. Five years ago today, I wrote the very first edition of The Morning Heresy, but don’t bother looking for it, because it was an internal email for CFI staff so they could be kept up to date with the news. A little while later it […]
“Otto’s Cure for Throat & Lungs” was allegedly effective for diseases including whooping cough and consumption (tuberculosis). (There were many such bogus consumption cures.) A box for Otto’s Cure (exhibited on the Smithsonian website [“Otto’s Cure” 2017]) describes it as “Otto’s Cure, the German Remedy for Throat and Lung Diseases.” The rear of the box […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Trump, as you probably know, held a deeply bizarre press conference yesterday, in which he lied and lied and lied and lied. Like, not politician-lied. Like Hurricane Lie. “Unhinged” is one way to put it. Reporter Jake Turx of Orthodox Jewish publication […]
The Margery case is very well known in the skeptical community, and is important for a wide variety of reasons. The most important of those reasons are the people who were involved, and the fact that even believers in psychic phenomena indicated they thought there was fraud involved. Scientific American, in the early 1920s, offered a prize to any medium who […]
Let’s forget history for a moment, or at least as much history as is not absolutely necessary for understanding the present situation of Israel and the Palestinian people. Let’s also pretend for a moment that we are all rational, forward-looking beings, who are committed to universal human rights, including the right to a democratic government. Under these p […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Good news, everybody. According to Pew, Americans’ feelings about atheists and Muslims have moved “from cool to neutral.” I just this moment decided that From Cool to Neutral is my next album title. Make sure you have nothing dangerous in arm’s reach th […]
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The ‘crime’ of blasphemy in Denmark has been around for over 150 years, and the last time it was used – unsuccessfuly – was in 1971. But it’s being dusted off again to prosecute a Danish man who posted a video of himself torching Koran on Facebook. According to this report, the 42-year-old put the […]
Responding to an article lamenting the rise of secularism in New Hampshire, State Representative Brandon Phinney, above, emphasised the positive aspects of the trend and said it was ‘rather foolish to hold onto archaic beliefs that deny reality’. Phinney, according to this report, is the highest-ranking known openly atheist Republican politician in the cou […]
Orthodox Christians in Russia have began a campaign of intimidation against a movie it regards as ‘blasphemous’ – and one radical Christian group even sent hundreds of letters to cinemas, warning they would “burn” if they dared screen Matilda. The film, according to the BBC, is based on the love story of Russia’s last tsar […]
A court in Frankfurt this week sentenced a 44-year-old woman to six years in prison for her role in an exorcism that led to the death of her 41-year-old South Korean cousin. The trial, according to this report, also involved four other South Korean nationals who were all related to the female victim, including her […]
Free Presbyterian minister Rev David McIlveen, above, is urging people in Northern Ireland to challenge a book on humanism that is being distributed to schools. According to this report, McIlveen, said: We know that humanism is basically anti-God and therefore anti-Christian. I think to advocate humanism can’t go unchallenged and I think it is important […] […]
Fears that a new Trojan Horse plot has been hatched to Islamise a school in Oldham surfaced after a primary school headteacher claimed she was receiving death threats from Muslim parents. According to this report, Clarksfield Primary School headteacher Trish O’Donnell, above, is said to have endured “harassment and intimidation” and “aggressive verbal abuse […]
I was born in Iran; I am a migrant, a refugee. But I am not the “authentic other” that xenophobes love to hate nor am I the “authentic Muslim” promoted by the Islamists. To me, they are two sides of the same coin. In this day and age, migrant or “Muslim” very often automatically equals […]
At a ceremony due to take place later this year, York Minster’s police force will be given full police powers. According to this report, although it is a private police force, the Minster’s eight-strong squad of officers has undergone specialist training and that, for the first time almost 80 years, will have the power to […]
Earlier this month, authorities in Rome sprang into action to cover up a series of posters that sprang up all over the city. The posters, according to Fox News, showed a scowling Pope above the words: Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, […]
Muslim voters in Stoke-on-Trent have been urged to vote Labour in an upcoming byelection in order to keep out Ukip’s Paul Nuttall, above, the party’s new leader. According to The Guardian, the Lib Dems alerted the police after messages sent to some Muslim voters in Stoke-on-Trent suggested they could go to hell if they failed […]