Rising Toward Apoplexy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 01, 2018

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We here a CFI have this crazy idea that religious people aren't the only ones who should be allowed to have their marriages solemnized by a representative of their worldview. I know, we're so selfish. So we've just filed a lawsuit in Michigan to see to it that Secular Celebrants can solemnize marriages. One of our plaintiffs is a familiar fellow, one Ed Brayton, who writes:

I think that secular-minded people in the state should have their wishes respected in terms of the person they’d like to officiate important rituals like weddings and funerals and I look forward to being able to provide that for them when this suit is finished.

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I Am Your Density

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 31, 2018

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Try not to squirt your coffee out your nose as you giggle at the concept of "Correactology," an alt-med treatment devised by two Canadians that involves regulating "the density of cells in the body" through light touch. I mean holy crap. Here's deputy editor of the Canadian Medical Associations's journal, Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, as reported by the CBC:

That makes absolutely no sense, to talk about the density of cells not being 'optimal.' It makes even less sense to put forward the idea that through the manipulation involving touching, one could set the density of cells to an 'optimum level.' That is pseudo-science that uses a scientific word that ... doesn't mean what density means. 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 30, 2018

Despite a loud and clunky middle third, Solo is an enjoyable Grade-B popcorn muncher. 

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Yeah, You Have to Reach Up to Get It

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 30, 2018

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Doug Ducey, Republican governor of Arizona, says evolution should remain in state's public school science standards.

I believe God created humanity. And I believe there are evolutionary forces at work in nature. ... So evolution will remain part of the education curriculum. 

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Expensive and Useless

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 29, 2018

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Ireland votes overwhelmingly to end the country's ban on abortion, with two-thirds of the electorate voting to scrap the law. And yes, the words "rebuke" and "Catholic Church" are coming up a lot.

The Church of England offers a "skill" for Amazon's Alexa digital assistant platform, and Andrew Brown games out what follows: "The Humanists, the Muslims, the Catholics, the conservative evangelicals and even the Richard Dawkins Foundation will have to launch their own Alexa skills." Okay, Marc Kreidler, Director of Digital Products and Strategy for CFI and the Dawkins Foundation, let's get on it.

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Laugh, Cry, or Scream

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 25, 2018

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Laurie Roberts at the Arizona Republic cites heavily the statement by our own Bertha Vazquez opposing the new draft science standards that gut evolution from public education. The Christian Post also covers the issue and Bertha's statement, giving a lot more space to the state superintendent who did all the evolution-redacting.

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Go Inside and Stay Inside

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 24, 2018

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That bill in Michigan that gives licensure to freaking naturopaths? We are not pleased.

“This bill is dangerous because it legitimizes fake medicine,” said Jennifer Beahan, executive director of CFI Michigan. “It would give the state’s blessing to unqualified practitioners of pseudoscience and their baseless remedies, meaning more people will waste their money and risk their health by pursuing quack treatments.” 

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“Píso’s [Non-] Cure for Consumption”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 23, 2018

Among the most notorious quack nostrums for consumption (tuberculosis), was “Píso’s Cure,” dating from the Civil War. It was no cure at all, and was cynically promoted by a trio of partners whom one writer terms, “a marketeer, a medic and a moneybags.”

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Resoundingly Unpersuasive

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 23, 2018

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We're working with American Atheists to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC in support of Dan Barker's suit against the House Chaplain, who turned him away from performing an opening invocation for the House because of Barker's atheism. That's one way to keep Paul Ryan from firing you I guess.

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Shady Editing

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 22, 2018

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Kenny Biddle does a deep dive for CSICOP.org into the claims made in the new "documentary" Demon House by Zak Bagans. The claims made about this particular house were already addressed by Joe Nickell in 2014, so Biddle is here to deconstruct the film itself...

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