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

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

It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, what our own Cody Hashman calls "the only day I hold sacred," and yesterday Ron Lindsay took stock of where blasphemy rights stand in 2014. It's quite a day for IBRD, as Iran executes a man, Mohsen Amir-Aslan, for "heresy." From The Guardian:

Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of his religious beliefs. He had interpreted Jonah’s story in the Qur’an as a symbolic tale.

Brian Pellot at Religion News Service uses the occasion to speak up for Raif Badawi and against the global toleration of Saudi Arabia...

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Ideas, not Idols

by David R. Koepsell
September 29, 2014

When we hitch ourselves to personas rather than ideas, we are often in for a let-down. Philosophies should be distingusihed from philosophers. 

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Open Letter To Karen Armstrong on ‘The Myth of Religious Violence’

The Outer Limits  with Stephen Law
September 29, 2014

An open letter to Karen Armstrong on her Guardian article ‘The Myth of Religious Violence’. I invite Karen to either come out as a Secularist with a capital 'S', or come up with a better argument.

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A Fudged Text

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

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

Tomorrow is International Blasphemy Rights Day, launched five years ago by CFI. Ron Lindsay takes stock of the state of free expression and blasphemy laws around the world:

It’s a profound irony that the prophets who founded the three major monotheistic religions all complained bitterly about the persecution they and their followers  faced, at least if we are to believe the statements attributed to them. It’s an irony because as soon as these religions gained controlled of a territory they immediately undertook to relentlessly persecute those of different faiths. If the Hebrew Bible is to be credited, the ancient Israelites make the fanatics of ISIS look like UN peacekeepers.

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