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We Are Willing to Be Wrecked

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 12, 2017

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

Happy Alabama-Probably-Elects-a-Child-Molester-to-the-Senate Day! (Hey, I could be wrong.)  

Now you'd think this was maybe one of those Bad Lip-Reading videos, or maybe some still-in-rehearsal SNL sketch. Nope, this is real. Kayla Moore, Roy's wife proves Moore's lack of bigotry by telling "fake news" that "we have many friends that are black," and best of all, to dispute the notion that Moore "does not care for Jews," clarifies with the weirdest look of smugness, "One of our attorneys is a Jew." 

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Two More Perfect Men

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 11, 2017

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

Allison Kaplan Sommer at Haaretz explains the theological basis for the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital:

The fact the evangelical community’s desire to see Jerusalem being irrevocably in Israeli hands is based on religious beliefs rather than practical political concerns means that a fear of the anticipated violent reaction from Palestinians and the Arab world was easily dismissed as irrelevant by Trump and the decision-makers around him. ... [Diana Butler Bass says,] "Of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base," the Jerusalem declaration "is the biggest. Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days. They’ve been waiting for this, praying for this." 

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Better Than Yar

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 08, 2017

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

Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate yesterday, making sure to note the sick irony that Roy Moore will likely be coming into the Senate as Franken goes out. 

Oh, but you know who else is resigning? Arizona's ultraconservative Rep. Trent Franks, who is being investigated for the sexual harassment of two female staffers.

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Is the Beale Treasure Haunted?

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
December 08, 2017

Does a ghost guard the famous (or notorious) Beale treasure—an alleged cache of gold and other valuables hidden in 1819 by a Thomas Jefferson Beale and his partners near a historic Virginia inn?

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