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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I’m Very Connected with Energy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 01, 2018

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

Now this is the kind of thing we've really needed Consumer Reports to be doing: suggesting that you to steer the hell clear of naturopathic "doctors." Jeneen Interlandi writes:

If you’re considering naturopathic medicine, think twice. First, talk with your primary care doctor. If your goal is to improve your health through diet, exercise, or other lifestyle changes, your M.D. or D.O. may well be able to help just as well.

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America Faith Family God Beliefs Police Military Veterans Heroes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 31, 2018

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

So I missed the State of the Union last night because I had a thing, and I suppose I could have watched it later, but you know, there are depths of self-loathing to which even I dare not descend. Seems to me that it was a lot of the same blah-blah-this-is-the-moment-he-becomes-president kind of sludge we always have to endure.

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Gwyneth’s Shifty Eyes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 30, 2018

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

CFI's Joe Nickell is headlining the University at Buffalo's Science and Art Cabaret on February 7, presenting a talk on paranormal investigation and "the art and craft of critical thinking." UB's John Massier says of Joe's appearance:

Joe Nickell's investigative and research pedigree is broad and gigantic, and his knowledge of the field extremely deep. We know his presentation will give great clarity to the tools of critical thinking and skepticism as used in considering subjects many often take at face value or believe in too readily. Our cabaret has always had an ongoing theme of the value of critical thinking, and we know Joe’s experiences and insight will give great texture to this theme. It should be a telling cue to our audience that Joe has placed the word ‘paranormal’ within quotations marks. True believers may have their belief systems challenged. 

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