A Cow is Loose

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 14, 2017

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Two days after losing the Alabama Senate race, Roy Moore refuses to take no for an answer, which I suppose was also the case with him and underage girls. He said:

We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Uniquely Awful

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 13, 2017

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Well I'll be damned.

As regular readers of this blog (all four of you) will tell you, I have been pretty certain that Roy Moore, the vile theocratic, arrogant, bigoted, pretadory swine, would easily win his race for Alabama's Senate seat. I was wrong. Last night, Democrat Doug Jones eked out a very narrow victory over Moore, thanks in large part to the state's African-American population. Moore wants a recount, because there's no way God would let him down like this. 

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We Are Willing to Be Wrecked

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 12, 2017

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Happy Alabama-Probably-Elects-a-Child-Molester-to-the-Senate Day! (Hey, I could be wrong.)  

Now you'd think this was maybe one of those Bad Lip-Reading videos, or maybe some still-in-rehearsal SNL sketch. Nope, this is real. Kayla Moore, Roy's wife proves Moore's lack of bigotry by telling "fake news" that "we have many friends that are black," and best of all, to dispute the notion that Moore "does not care for Jews," clarifies with the weirdest look of smugness, "One of our attorneys is a Jew." 

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Two More Perfect Men

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 11, 2017

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Allison Kaplan Sommer at Haaretz explains the theological basis for the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital:

The fact the evangelical community’s desire to see Jerusalem being irrevocably in Israeli hands is based on religious beliefs rather than practical political concerns means that a fear of the anticipated violent reaction from Palestinians and the Arab world was easily dismissed as irrelevant by Trump and the decision-makers around him. ... [Diana Butler Bass says,] "Of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base," the Jerusalem declaration "is the biggest. Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days. They’ve been waiting for this, praying for this." 

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Better Than Yar

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 08, 2017

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Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate yesterday, making sure to note the sick irony that Roy Moore will likely be coming into the Senate as Franken goes out. 

Oh, but you know who else is resigning? Arizona's ultraconservative Rep. Trent Franks, who is being investigated for the sexual harassment of two female staffers.

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Is the Beale Treasure Haunted?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 08, 2017

Does a ghost guard the famous (or notorious) Beale treasure—an alleged cache of gold and other valuables hidden in 1819 by a Thomas Jefferson Beale and his partners near a historic Virginia inn?

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Serious or Almost Serious

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 07, 2017

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I am super proud of this latest episode of Point of Inquiry with Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post and former New York Times public editor. I mean, I'm no big deal or anything, but she's great, and I feel so much wiser from our conversation about the challenges now faced by the reality-based press. She was so cool. Please listen, subscribe, share, and enjoy.

One of the things Margaret and I talk about is the overwhelming torrent of news that wears people down, and Pew Research has numbers about that: 76% of Americans say they would benefit "a lot" from at least some kind of assistance in accessing, understanding, and evaluating digital information.

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Some Study Somewhere

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 06, 2017

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Time managed not to screw this one up, as its 2017 Person of the Year is "The Silence Breakers," the women (and some men too) who risked it all, spoke out, and started to change a toxic culture.

McKay Coppins at The Atlantic does a deep dive into the messianic leanings of Mike Pence, who seems damned sure God has chosen him to lead. I drew a picture of Pence last night which is only okay, but it does have happy clouds and a happy sun.


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The Sweetest Words the President and I Ever Hear Are When People Grab Us

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 04, 2017

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BBC radio highlights the voices of atheists in Pakistan who are trying not to get tortured or killed for their nonbelief. It's dizzying. 

Meanwhile, Pamela Constable at NYT reports on the Pakistani government's capitulations to Islamic extremists over the past couple of weeks.

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The True, Heartwarming Story of the Mall of America’s Black Santa

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 01, 2017

One year ago today an ugly and widely-reported episode of racial hatred tainted the beginning of the 2016 holiday season. Fortunately it didn't happen.

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