Today’s Foghorn, Tomorrow’s Footnote

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 02, 2015

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

The US Episcopal Church votes to approve same-sex marriage, striking the words "man and woman" from the marriage canon in favor of gender-neutral wording. 

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig makes a Christian case for vaccinations at The New Republic:

Vaccination is not only an individual healthcare choice, but a decision to participate in an act of self-sacrifice for one’s broader community. In most cases, the sacrifice is exceedingly small: a little bit of soreness at the injection site, and at worst, a day or so of feeling lousy. But it is worth it, in Christian terms, to protect the vulnerable.  

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(Imagine There’s) No Country for Old Gods

by David R. Koepsell
July 01, 2015

Absent states or churches, humans would have greater, not lesser freedom to pursue their associations with one another. The Hobbesian notion of the "war of all against all" in the state of nature is a useful means to entice people to pray for peace, and seek security in the state, but both serve mostly to subject us to usurping our inherent freedoms, and are likewise myths.

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Please Wear Socks

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

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

Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time signing into law California's SB 277, tossing out belief exemptions for required vaccinations, which is a huge win for reason over conspiracy-mongering. We said in our statement:

By embracing the scientific method and empirical evidence over pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, the children of California will be better protected from preventable infectious diseases, which in turn protects all of us.

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It Seems Like I Was Lying

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

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

Happy Asteroid Day. I guess. We're all gonna die. 

Okay but listen. Don't miss this latest Point of Inquiry, recorded at the Reason for Change conference, where Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Asif Mohiuddin, one of my new heroes. Make time for this today, I'm serious. 

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Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 29, 2015

Yet another space-bound rocket exploded over the weekend on its way to the Space Station, causing many to wonder what the problem is; Richard Feynman has the answer. 

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RIDDLEculous VIII

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 29, 2015

More funny riddles with a science/critical-thinking angle.

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An Anti-marriage Rebel’s View of 50-state Same-sex Marriage

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
June 29, 2015

First, I join in the general jubilation that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. It's a great step forward for same-sex couples who want to marry. But not all do. Come to think of it, not all opposite-sex couples want to marry. Civil-rights landmark that it undeniably is, the same-sex marriage victory has left some of us behind.

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Official Government Clairvoyance

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 29, 2015

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

You were probably too excited about the big same-sex marriage decision to read Cause & Effect when it went out on Friday. I forgive you! You can go check it out now

And how about that decision? Our response, you can guess, was pretty positive:

This decision strengthens American secularism, and finally acknowledges what we have always known to be true: People who love each other should be free to marry, no matter what any church has to say about it.  

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Amplitude of Primordial Density Fluctuations

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

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

Hey look! CNN asked me to write about new poll numbers showing some positive trends for the electorate's attitude toward atheists. So I did! I said, in part:

As for being the least-electable group in the survey, nonbelievers have finally moved up a rung. Now claiming the space at the bottom of this particular barrel are socialists, with half of all voters ruling them out entirely. Sen. Bernie Sanders will have his work cut out for him. ... 

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EOTUS: Exorcist of the United States

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 25, 2015

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

The California Assembly is voting TODAY on nixing belief-exemptions for vaccinations. If you're a resident of that enormous state, contact your representative now.

Our pals at Centre for Inquiry Canada (which operates independently from us) get a seat on Canada's Office of Religious Freedom's advisory committee. Nice.

Bobby Jindal is officially in the 2016 presidential race! Stop laughing.

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