October 11, 2017
The Trump Administration dealt another blow to the separation of church and state and healthcare access by announcing a series of policy changes last week that sharply expanded religious privilege. We put out statements of deep concern laying out our objections. These are certainly challenging times for nonbelievers, and those who support a secular, civil society.
In Michigan, a woman was jailed for seven days for not vaccinating her child per a court order. While this is only one case, it’s important that there are consequences when science deniers harm those around them, even those they love.
It’s not too late to see Richard Dawkins in Hartford, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. The tour begins on October 29 in Los Angeles; he’ll be joined for a live, unscripted conversation with bestselling author Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short). On November 4 he comes to Hartford, Connecticut, joined by The New York Times’ Carl Zimmer, author of the upcoming book She Has Her Mother's Laugh: What Heredity Is, Is Not, and May Become. And Richard will be in Pittsburgh on November 7 for a special reception at the 2017 Carl Sagan Fest. Get your tickets now … while they last!
Scientists have developed a new mathematical model of the early Earth that suggest that Darwin was right about those “warm little ponds.” SciShow explains how this model was developed and what it means for our understanding of the beginning of life!
Evangelical Christians are applauding Mike Pence after walking out of the 49ers-Colts game due to many of the players taking a knee during the anthem. Hement Mehta reminds us of Pence’s history with criticizing walk-outs when done to him and urges evangelicals to stop praising him for it.
More good news from science: a stick insect once thought to be extinct has been rediscovered. The insect, called a “tree lobster,” was found on an island near one on which they were wiped out. Good job, little buddy.
Robyn E. Blumner
President & CEO, Center for Inquiry
Executive Director, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science