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Judas Was Just This Guy, You Know?

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 30, 2014

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

Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledges that he's gay for the first time. In a piece for Bloomberg Businessweek he writes:

Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me. ...

If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy. 

The U.S. Navy approves its first Atheist Lay Leader, a kind of nonbelievers' chaplain. 

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Block the Camera and Scoop Up the Cash

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 29, 2014

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

Pope Francis is fluffy for exorcists, thanking them for sharing the church’s “love for those possessed” by Satan. Folks this is right after he made news for saying he's cool with evolution. Come on, Pope Fluffy! What's with the two-steps-forward, two-steps-back thing?

An Antares rocket, contracted by NASA from the private company Orbital, explodes six seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt. The rocket was sending supplies up to the ISS. 

Good on the Today show, they more or less humiliated a parade of fake-psychics who charged a hefty fee to detect the spirits within a brand new house. 

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Civility, Tone, and Emotions in Debates

by David R. Koepsell
October 28, 2014

There is no overarching moral necessity to be nice or kind in debating issues, or in pursuing an intellectual agenda. However, the use of derogatory, violent, undermining language threatens to alienate your audience and divide potential supporters. There is an argument to made in favor of forceful but civil expression of ideas based upon strategy, as well as on well established norms of civlity and manners. Finally, respect for the emotions of others suggests that we attempt not to hurt others unnecessarily, even while promoting our ideas freely.

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Put Them in an Alpha or Theta Wave State

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 28, 2014

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

The Course of Reason blog has a really good post on Brittany Maynard and the religious response to her decision to end her life:

Religion has a funny way of deluding people into thinking that suffering a prolonged and painful death is worthwhile to potentially see Heaven. It is hard for secularists to wrap their mind around this concept because we do not have a paradise at the end of our lives. We just have a wooden box buried under six feet of dirt.

Relatedly, CFI-DC's Simon Davis interviews Dr. Atul Gawande for VICE about tough end-of-life questions.

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