I’ve Accomplished Something

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 09, 2016

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

John Glenn is dead at the age of 95. Record-breaking pilot, pioneering astronaut, U.S. Senator, and then at age 77, astronaut again. An amazing human being. President Obama said:

The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn. 

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Lie More, Die Sooner

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 08, 2016

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Ohio's legislature passes that terrible "fetal heartbeat" anti-abortion bill, which would ban abortion at the point a heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks into pregnancy - even in cases of rape or incest. If you're an Ohioan, you need to tell Gov. Kasich to stop this bill right now.  

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Always in Danger of Being Shut Down

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 07, 2016

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Angela Merkel calls for a ban on full-face veils at a rabble-rousing speech for her party's conference, veering from her earlier position in which she advocated for bans only in the most specific circumstances when absolutely necessary. CFI, being the stalwarts for freedom of expression and belief that we are, responded:

“We strongly oppose allowing religions to dictate oppressive dress codes on women, but change must come by freeing women to choose their own style of dress — not by imposing bans,” said Michael De Dora, CFI’s director of government affairs. “Targeting Muslim religious practices is a distasteful and dangerous electoral ploy to appeal to rising right-wing sentiments. Civil liberties should never be subjected to political calculus,” he added.

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Herkimer Diamond Mysteries

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 06, 2016

Although not a precious gem like the diamond, the so-called “Herkimer diamond” is itself the focus of much attention. In June 2016 I was able to add to my collection of curious stones by searching for “Herkimers” at a mine in New York state and learning more about their natural and allegedly magical properties.

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Adios Ununpentium. Sayonara Ununseptium. Arrivederci Ununoctium.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 06, 2016

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

This past Sunday, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina barged into Comet Ping Pong, a pizza joint in D.C., armed with an assault rifle, fired at least one shot, and declared he was there to "self-investigate" the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and allies were using the restaurant as a child-sex trafficking front. Welch was arrested.

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Find Two Rules to Get Rid Of

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

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A little good news: It looks like the Russell Amendment, which would have allowed religiously-based discrimination by federal contractors, has died in conference. We dance on its grave:

“This is an even more important victory than it might seem,” said De Dora. “The incoming administration is being staffed by figures who enthusiastically endorse discriminatory measures like this one, and those being pushed through statehouses across the country. It is imperative that we build widespread resistance today so that we are better prepared to defend the secular nature of our government against the assaults of tomorrow.”

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The Magnitude of Suffering that Exists in the World

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 02, 2016

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At the Arizona Daily Star, Gil Shapiro pens an op-ed on the threats to secularism posed by a Trump administration, and brings us in:

Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer and Chair of the Center for Inquiry, our nation’s leading secular think tank stated, “We are concerned that Christianity will be used as an excuse if not a weapon to limit and deny many Americans their Constitutional rights.” 

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Careful the Spell You Cast

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 01, 2016

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As many of us feared, anti-vaxxers have been emboldened by Trump's victory, particularly their quack pseudo-prophet, Andrew Wakefield, who apparently got to meet with Trump during the campaign, and who told STAT:

For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry. ... He didn’t rely upon [drug makers] to get him elected. And he’s a man who seems to speak his mind and act accordingly. 

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This Wallowing Notion of Freedom

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 30, 2016

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

Well, they got me. My Quote of the Day yesterday was premised on a fake Trump tweet, and I feel really stupid. The fake, it is everywhere. My apologies.

NONETHELESS, CFI has officially come out in opposition to the REAL tweet in which Trump called for the criminalization of flag burning. CFI president Ron Lindsay:

If America stands for anything, it is the fundamental human right to free speech, which includes the right to express dissent and criticism of one’s own government... 

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Stagecoach Tavern Ghosts

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 29, 2016

Where my travels take me, I often have occasion to check out a “haunted” tavern or inn. In several months’ time in 2015–2016, for example, I visited two such places in Australia, others in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Vancouver’s Gastown, and Niagara Falls, NY, and then in June 2016, the Tavern on Main in Chepachet, RI.

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