Relics of a Fading Fringe

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 01, 2014

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

On International Blasphemy Rights Day yesterday, Ireland's government announced its intention to hold a public referendum on its own blasphemy law

Tomorrow, CFI's Ed Beck will be a special guest on the Secular Coalition's weekly conference call update, where he'll talk about our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. 

A few weeks back, Lindsay Beyerstein interviewed Caitlin Doughty of "Ask a Mortician" on Point of Inquiry. Today, Doughty is interviewed by CFI-DC's Simon Davis for VICE.

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Immortal Pond Scum

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 30, 2014

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

It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, what our own Cody Hashman calls "the only day I hold sacred," and yesterday Ron Lindsay took stock of where blasphemy rights stand in 2014. It's quite a day for IBRD, as Iran executes a man, Mohsen Amir-Aslan, for "heresy." From The Guardian:

Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of his religious beliefs. He had interpreted Jonah’s story in the Qur’an as a symbolic tale.

Brian Pellot at Religion News Service uses the occasion to speak up for Raif Badawi and against the global toleration of Saudi Arabia...

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Ideas, not Idols

by David R. Koepsell
September 29, 2014

When we hitch ourselves to personas rather than ideas, we are often in for a let-down. Philosophies should be distingusihed from philosophers. 

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Open Letter To Karen Armstrong on ‘The Myth of Religious Violence’

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
September 29, 2014

An open letter to Karen Armstrong on her Guardian article ‘The Myth of Religious Violence’. I invite Karen to either come out as a Secularist with a capital 'S', or come up with a better argument.

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A Fudged Text

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 29, 2014

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

Tomorrow is International Blasphemy Rights Day, launched five years ago by CFI. Ron Lindsay takes stock of the state of free expression and blasphemy laws around the world:

It’s a profound irony that the prophets who founded the three major monotheistic religions all complained bitterly about the persecution they and their followers  faced, at least if we are to believe the statements attributed to them. It’s an irony because as soon as these religions gained controlled of a territory they immediately undertook to relentlessly persecute those of different faiths. If the Hebrew Bible is to be credited, the ancient Israelites make the fanatics of ISIS look like UN peacekeepers.

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International Blasphemy Rights Day 2014

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, is International Blasphemy Day Rights Day (IBRD). Moreover, it’s the fifth anniversary of the Center for Inquiry’s launch of IBRD.  It is an appropriate time to take stock of the state of freedom of religious belief and expression in the world.  Unfortunately, it’s not a terribly encouraging picture.

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Scientific Paranormal Investigation Equipment

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 26, 2014

I'm often asked what tools and equipment I use to investigate the world's mysteries, ranging from ghosts to miracles to crop circles. Here's a peek into my bag of tricks!

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“Magic in the Moonlight”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 26, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight is the story of a skeptical—even pompously cynical—1920s magician and his attempt to expose a séance medium whose powers appear to defy exposure.

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Electric Snowflakes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 26, 2014

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

Paul Offit, who CFI/CSI recently awarded the Balles Prize for Critical Thinking, pens an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the crisis created by the anti-vax movement. 

Hey Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, Pope Francis is coming for you. The Paraguayan bishop is accused of covering up for a priest alleged to have sexually abused children. I hope this is about a substantial change in the church, and not just about optics. But I do like the visual of Pope Fluffy on some dark movie poster with the tagline "It's time to take out the trash." COMING FALL 2014.

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That’s Basic Magnetic Field Stuff

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 25, 2014

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

Wow! State Farm is pulling ads with Rob Schneider (who, for you young folks, was once vaguely relevant in comedy circles for what was really one endless joke) for his vocal and utterly wrongheaded opposition to vaccinations.

Steven Novella clears up a lot of the fear and misinformation surrounding GMOs at Skeptical Inquirer

Planet HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-sized world orbiting a star in the constellation Cygnus, looks like it has water.

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