Resoundingly Unpersuasive

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

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

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

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

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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With Special Guest Star Victor Garber as the Antichrist

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 21, 2018

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

Heather Adams at Religion News Service profiles Voices of Reason, the only atheist choir in the U.S. Oh, and look who she quotes:

James Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, where Voices of Reason has performed several times, said the choir is a natural philosophic fit for their organization, whose mission is “to foster a secular society.”

“There’s a lot of music out there that celebrates religious beliefs,” Underdown said, adding that people in his community “appreciate hearing something that lands in their perspective every once in a while.”  

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Too Many Rocks

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 18, 2018

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Finally, finally, finallywe have a new episode of Point of Inquiry, all ready to fill your ear-holes with podcast-tastic wonderment. A confluences of circumstances have delayed new episodes of the show, but I'm happy to say that this long-awaited episode has two amazing guests: Alan Stern, head of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, and his co-author, astrobiologist David Grinspoon. Share and enjoy.

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God the Russian Bot

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 17, 2018

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

The mother of a cancer-stricken 11-year-old girl is pleading with the public for financial help to save her daughter as treatment costs spiral out of control. They've come from the UK to Texas because of the promises of a cure from someone our community is all too familiar with: Stanislaw BurzynskiThe Grimsby Telegraph simply notes, "The Burzynski clinic is a facility in Texas that claims its treatments can cure cancer." And it can't.

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Dropping for Years

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 16, 2018

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

There was no Heresy yesterday because I was recording an interview for Point of Inquiry, and yes, I know, I know, it's been a while, but this episode will totally make up for it. And now I'm in a hurry because of other stuff. So this will be a little shorter than I'd like. Onward! 

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Assisted Dying and Slippery Slopes: Where Do We Place the Guardrails?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 15, 2018

The recent assisted suicide of David Goodall, the 104-year-old Australian ecologist, has brought into focus some key issues in the continuing debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia. One issue is whether we should legalize assisted suicide or euthanasia for those “tired of life.” A related issue is whether legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia for even a restricted class of individuals (such as the terminally ill) places us on a slippery slope to accepting euthanasia in cases that many of us—at least now—consider questionable or objectionable, for example, the nonvoluntary euthanasia of incompetent patients who physicians deem to have an unacceptable quality of life.

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Why People Burn Themselves Alive: A Look at Immolation Suicides

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 14, 2018

The recent self-immolation suicide of a prominent lawyer raises questions about the motives for such acts. 

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Jovians, Venusians, and Wobbles

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 14, 2018

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Here's a story to make you go all googly-eyed like Cookie Monster: Two of the trailing candidates in the GOP primary for the Senate in Missouri, Austin Petersen and Tony Monetti, have been trying to strike a deal to use polling of support and name recognition to see which of them should drop out of the race in order to take on the frontrunner Josh Hawley. But Monetti is blowing the deal because he insists that the poll include a push-poll type question asking respondents if they would vote for a candidate even if he "does not believe in God," a question aimed squarely at Monetti who is apparently agnostic. Petersen is, like, no.

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Anything That’s Stinky and Horrible

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 11, 2018

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Don't freak out, but Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, tasked with leading the federal government's responses to deadly pandemics, has just up and quit. The Post:

Ziemer’s last day was Tuesday, the same day a new Ebola outbreak was declared in Congo. He is not being replaced. 

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