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We All Just Fall to the Ground Naturally

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 28, 2015

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

The Canadian government is keeping a lid on an assessment it did as to whether its arms deal with Saudi Arabia is discordant with its human rights aims. (Let's get these people playing Saudi Girls Revolution.)

Consensus seems to be that Scott Walker has a genuine shot at this whole president thing. Jud Lounsbury reminds us:

If Walker prevails in the Republican primaries, he will be the first presidential candidate to come from a church whose members believe the Apocalypse is "imminent," do not allow women to serve on congregational boards of elders, practice "speaking in tongues," and do not believe someone is a real Christian unless he has been "born again." 

Uh oh. 

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The Second-Least of These

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 27, 2015

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

Point of Inquiry has The New Yorker's Michael Specter, talking about the whole gluten-free thing and why it's silly. Specter is going to be at the Reason for Change conference next month!

Our boss Ron Lindsay insists that his analysis of the death penalty doesn't make him deficient in empathy, and he cuddles a kitten to prove it.

Syed Tashfin Chowdhury at VICE covers the plight of freethinkers in Bangladesh, coping with threats from radicals and the murders of friends and colleagues. 

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I’m not saying you’re vengeful; you’re just deficient in empathy

No Faith Value  with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 26, 2015

So I wrote a blog post the other day the principal point of which was to argue for the proposition that it is not enough to be correct in your conclusion on a policy issue. How you arrive at your conclusion is also very important. I used the dispute over the death penalty as an illustration. A blogger vigorously objected to my post. In so doing, he confirmed the relevance of the point I was making.

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Backwards Religions and Flyover States

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 26, 2015

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

Ireland votes in favor of marriage equality with 62.1%, becoming the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. 

Daniel Loxton looks to the example of Carl Sagan, who helped found what is now CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and emphasized kindness in our quest for truth.

Ben Radford is the guest on the Big Picture Science radio show, talking about (not) visiting the afterlife

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