What Did I Just Snort?

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 13, 2018

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

Vouchers! The White House wants to direct $1 billion in public funds into vouchers for private and religious schools! If course they do. Maybe they wouldn't seem to "acceptable" of instead of calling them vouchers we called them, like, "creationism coupons." Just a thought. You guys can run with that.

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I Love to Mount Defenses for the Vile and Hypocritical

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 12, 2018

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

FEMA is not supposed to be used as churches' collection plate, so that's what we told the media in our statement last week about the GOP's legislative pander, which appears in a piece by Emma Green in The Atlantic. She says:

These [religious] groups are actively looking for ways to expand the reach of Trinity Lutheran, especially in spheres like education that are much more contentious than disaster relief. That’s the tactical brilliance of the new FEMA provision, though: Battles over the First Amendment don’t seem so compelling in the context of a torn-up church.  

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“Winchester”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 09, 2018

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built (2018) is another based-on-a-true-story supernatural horror movie in the tradition of The Exorcist and The Conjuring. As usual, “based on” doesn’t mean much.

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Dog Blood and Cow Urine

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 09, 2018

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

I don't know what came over us, but we were just Cuckoo for Press Releases yesterday. First we called out Jeff Sessions for installing little religious-right watchdogs with every U.S. Attorney's office, and then we called out the GOP Senators looking to exploit disaster relief efforts in order to pump taxpayer dollars to churches.

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Pixie Bust

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 08, 2018

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

Just out this morning, we're sounding the alarm about a new DOJ policy that essentially gives the religious right its own private "religious liberty" watchdog in U.S. Attorney offices across the country.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that acceptance of evolution is less about one's politics and more about one's basic understanding of the concept...

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Uh-oh Zone

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 07, 2018

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

Last year in Pakistan, a mob attacked and killed student Mashal Khan over allegations of blasphemy. A few hours ago, a court sentenced one man charged in the attack to death and five others to life in prison. 25 other people were charged with lesser crimes. 

Cara Rosenbloom at the Post profiles a quartet of skeptics pushing back against pseudoscience in health and nutrition...

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Creationist Kittens

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 06, 2018

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

When Trump does something, world leaders follow his example...the bad ones, anyway. Guess what two words world leaders lever said before 2017, but now use all the time. They rhyme with "snake chews." 

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Wild Bill Hickok Speaks from the Grave to the Stars of ‘Ghost Lab.’ Or Not.

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 05, 2018

I take a close look at the evidence for supposed "ghost voices" recorded by ghost hunters, including one of "Wild Bill" Hickok found on the TV show 'Ghost Lab.'

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Visiting the Grave of the Last Vampire

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 05, 2018

When we look back at superstitious eras, we should not think our generation too superior. I have visited the graves of supposed witches in Tallahassee, Florida, and Harrison, Rhode Island, the tomb of a voodoo priestess in New Orleans, and the burial sites of vampires in New England, only to find silly superstitious practices at each of them. The most recent was my 2016 visit to the grave of Mercy Lena Brown— whose case supposedly influenced Bram Stoker, author of Dracula (1897).

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Bad Eggs

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 05, 2018

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

Bob Smietana says Tom Brady, who I understand is a famous sports athlete, has become a sort of religious figure in a Chopra-Paltrow kind of way. Boston journalist Bob Ryan says, "[Brady's] trying to sell us a bill of good. It’s cultlike. ... And it looks like that’s going to be his life after football."

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