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

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

Stephen Fry announces that he has been dealing with prostate cancer, which he refers to as "an aggressive little bugger," but surgery to remove the cancer seems to have been successful. Well, this poncey little heretic wishes him the best.

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The Haunting of Boone Tavern

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 22, 2018

Boone Tavern is a historic inn for travelers in Berea, Kentucky, named for famous frontier explorer Daniel Boone. It is also, allegedly, a very haunted place, but you couldn’t prove it by me.

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Worse Than Useless

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

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

Yesterday I put out Cause & Effect issue number 100. Everyone at CFI had a big party and there was cake and Pin-the-Chi-on-the-Chopra and we all looked back on one hundred issues of newsletter excellence. And I got a BIG RAISE.

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Parody Legislators

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

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

Our friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have got a new boss, taking over from Rev. Barry Lynn. In an announcement and in a Washington Post profile, we are introduced to Rachel Laser (BEST NAME EVER), formerly of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

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The Problems of Drinking Blood

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2018

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

Carissa Wolf at the Post reports on how religious sects and their beliefs in faith healing have claimed the lives of hundreds of children, focusing on Idaho where the neglect of kids by the Followers of Christ have killed 183 kids since the law gave them a religious exemption:

Efforts to repeal faith-exemption laws across the nation pitted parental rights and religious freedom against children’s welfare. After decades of lobbying state lawmakers across the country, child advocates succeeded in overturning only a handful of exemptions in states including Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Tennessee. 

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50 Shades of… Fear

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 19, 2018

Much of the criticism of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotic franchise is based on the assumption of real-world damage caused by the books and films. Is it fact or fearmongering? A closer look at the breathless claims.  

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Philosophical Cockfighting

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 19, 2018

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

I yet live.

While I was away, someone decided to make a stage play out of The God Delusion and the band Muse made a song inspired by Richard Dawkins' conception of memes. Band member Matt Bellamy explains...

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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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