Some Kind of Dirt Hamster

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 15, 2017

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Richard Dawkins talks to the Irish Times about blasphemy laws (and how the Irish government really must be embarrassed about its own). 

Stephen Fry, who Dawkins defended recently on the blasphemy issue, explains the dangers of "the illusion of knowledge" and how it serves as the foundation of Trumpism. 

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Kind of YInMn

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

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After the absurd spectacle of Ireland investigating Stephen Fry for blasphemy, which prompted Richard Dawkins to challenge Irish authorities to arrest him for his own blasphemy, New Zealand wises up and decides to scrap its blasphemy law. Not lookin' so great right now, Ireland. Or Denmark. 

Or Canada. I could go on.

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We Love to Exclude You

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

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My mind is clearer now. At last I can see all too well where we all soon will be. 

CFI and its programs have signed on with other orgs to support the Ex-Muslims of North America calling on Facebook to stop shutting down the pages of secularists and ex-Muslims at the behest of Islamists and other reactionaries. There is a Change.org petition you can sign to chime in yourself.

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“Mouth Elixir”: Bell-shaped Dr. Bell Bottle

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 11, 2017

This distinctive bell-shaped bottle (see photo) is embossed on its bottom, “DR. V. C. BELL’S MOUTH ELIXIR.” What on earth was that?

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I Have Fallen Over

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2017

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Investigate the president? Comey don't play dat. Now that he's been fired. By the president.

Richard Dawkins to Irish authorities suddenly concerned about violations of its blasphemy law: 'Come at me, bro!' (New Zealand's president, by the way, is just fine with his country's own blasphemy law.)

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Cosmic Unicorn Ride to Valhalla

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 09, 2017

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They actually went and did it. Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, aka "Ahok," an ethnic Chinese Christian, is convicted of blasphemy and jailed for two years.

The blasphemy investigation in Ireland against Stephen Fry is closed. Why? The police "were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people." Yep. 

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Talks with God and Knocks People Down

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

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Not a joke: Stephen Fry is being investigated for blasphemy in Ireland (IRELAND!!!) for his comments in 2015 calling the imagined Abrahamic God "a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god." 

A Hindu man in Pakistan is arrested for blasphemy, and a mob outside the police station where he is held gets violent as they demand to be allowed to beat up the guy themselves.

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Televangelist Hinn Investigated—Again

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 05, 2017

Benny Hinn—the televangelist who talks with God and knocks people down by merely pointing at them—is being investigated for fraud and tax evasion, following a raid executed by a search warrant on April 26, 2017. I am not surprised. He is full of tricks.

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We Had a Lot of Caves

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 05, 2017

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Well that was not a great day. Trump signed his crap executive order meant to weaken the Johnson Amendment, sort of, and “provide regulatory relief” to believers who want to opt out of various rules and laws, but sort of. As we noted in our statement, the order is worse for what it symbolizes than what it actually accomplishes:

Despite the president’s claims today, religious leaders are already free to speak openly, and religious groups spend hundreds of millions of dollars per year lobbying, on all political issues...

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Irredeemably Hostile

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

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Okay we're really busy this morning because of the executive orders that are coming any minute.

We're part of a coalition of groups supporting the Johnson Amendment, and here's our letter to Congress. Here's a joint letter from hundreds and hundreds of groups, including us, also supporting the Johnson Amendment. See our logo up there?

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