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Rev. Downs’ Elixir

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
February 05, 2016

Shown in the accompanying photograph, this 12-paneled aqua bottle (hand blown in a two-piece mold and measuring about 5 38’’ tall by  1 1316’’ diameter) is embossed “REV. N. H. DOWNS’ / VEGETABLE / BALSAMIC / ELIXIR.”

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Appetite for Mars

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 05, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders' religion or lack thereof is, surprisingly to me, a very hot topic of late. At Quartz, the most excellent Jennifer Michael Hecht (who notes that she leans toward Clinton) reflects on the broader importance of Sanders' secularism:

Sanders’ deeply humanist views make me think that he could turn out to be a good leader for our heterogeneous nation—both because he is brave enough to speak a new kind of truth about religion, and because he is motivated to do the right thing for its own sake. ... A candidate ready to admit that he is not a part of any religion, while respecting people whose beliefs differ from his own, might well be the person who can lead our fractured country toward trust and unity.

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Come and See the Dead Monk

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 04, 2016

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

President Obama visits a mosque, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, and says this, which kind of chokes me up:

Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here. You're right where you belong. You're part of America too. You're not Muslim or American. You're Muslim and American. 

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Luxembourg…In…SPAAAAACE

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 03, 2016

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

A very positive development: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom writes to Secretary Kerry to urge the State Department to provide humanitarian parole for Bangladesh's secularist writers and activists in danger. CFI and a coalition of other groups did the same in December. (Catch up with the rest of CFI's policy work from last month in our Advocacy Update.)

As a side note, apparently John Kerry has been referring to ISIS as "above all, apostates," which seems really, really counterproductive.

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