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What RFRA Sowed, the Nation Reaps

Advocatus Diaboli  with Tom Flynn
April 01, 2015

First Indiana, now Arkansas have passed "religious freedom" bills that will protect Christians who discriminate on religious grounds. This is a predictable result of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a regrettable law whose beneficiaries are now (in the wake of the disastrous Hobby Lobby decision) free to unleash all the unconstitutional mischief that this ill-considered legislation always portended.

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Cruel Hearts, Arrogant Souls, and Warped Logic

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 01, 2015

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

I've been practicing rolling my eyes and making indignant, above-it-all faces just to get through today, April Fools' Day, when the whole Internet thinks every absurd lie is hilarious and totally worth your time. I'm ready!! But here's a promise: This is an April Fools'-free Morning Heresy.

Kimberly Winston reports on the reaction to the murder of yet another Bangladeshi atheist blogger, Washiqur Rahman, including our statement and response from Asif Mohiuddin, who knew Rahman personally.

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A Lived-in Face

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 31, 2015

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

Today the U.S. and Iran are expected to announce a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Just in time, Point of Inquiry has a guest with deep expertise on the U.S.'s 30-year conflict with Iran: Senior Historian for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, David Crist. Don't miss it. 

The Indiana right-to-discriminate fallout continues. For example, Wilco cancels its tour in Indiana. Garrett Epps at The Atlantic spells out why this particular version of RFRA is so problematic, as opposed to the federal counterpart. Some lawmakers begin to scramble to "clarify" the law (good luck). Arkansas and North Carolina are perhaps the next to adopt this kind of measure.

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♫ How Long ‘til Ted Cruz Gets it Right? ♫

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 30, 2015

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

There's a lot to cover this morning, folks. Buckle up. 

It's happened again. Bangladeshi atheist blogger Washiqur Rahman is murdered by machete-wielding assailants in Dhaka, and police detain two madrasa students in connection with the attack. From the Dhaka Tribune:

He was a admirer of another secular blogger Avijit Roy, who was killed by extremists in Dhaka one month ago. After Avijit’s killing, Washiqur paid tribute to him making his Facebook profile and cover photos with the text: #iamavijit and words cannot be killed.

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