The Morning Heresy 4/13/12: Whoop Howls

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 13, 2012

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Scientific American Mind long-form piece on the happiness (or lack thereof) of nonbelievers 

Nonbelievers are considered immoral, untrustworthy and, in the U.S., among the least likely to be elected president. A handful of states’ constitutions even ban atheists from holding public office. Worst of all, a large body of research suggests that, as compared with religious individuals, people who lack a creed are less likely to be healthy and happy—surely the two most important earthly concerns—and tend to lose out on at least seven years of life, some estimates suggest. Several large-scale population studies have reinforced a single premise: the more you engage with religious activities, the better off you are. 

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The Morning Heresy 4/12/12: Woodrow Wilson’s Head Explodes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 12, 2012

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Hemant: Jessica Ahlquist is still under siege in Cranston 

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) on April 28 to introduce new group for victims of merciless childhood peers, and not a moment too soon, with founding of ABAC: Adults Bullied As Children

"These debilitating experiences may carry lifelong emotional consequences and the impact of our pain from having been bullied can be shared and alleviated in a safe, secular self-empowering mutual support group setting; the group dynamic can provide acceptance, strength, and energy in order to overcome, to grow, to feel appropriately good about ourselves both collectively and individually."

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The Morning Heresy 4/11/12: $23-an-ounce Tube of Water

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 11, 2012

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Ron Lindsay casts a skeptical eye on Chris Mooney's new book's thesis (as expressed in this week's Point of Inquiry)

CFI's Dren Asselmeier on religious conservatives' fuzzy thinking on gay rights and church-state separation (with a fun George Takei picture)

What else happened yesterday? Oh yeah: Santorum bows to the inevitable

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The Republican Brain—Is It Sound Science?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 10, 2012

Chris Mooney is an experienced science journalist, a skilled writer, a great host for Point of Inquiry, and a friend. Not a close friend, but he is someone who has helped me and CFI on several occasions and I never forget a favor. But, paraphrasing Aristotle, although Chris is dear to me, so too is truth. I’m concerned that Chris’s new book may be advancing a thesis that lacks adequate scientific support.

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Scanning Loch Ness

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 10, 2012

From March 14 to 17, 2012, I explored Scotland’s Loch Ness with British skeptic and investigator Hayley Stevens and her intrepid father, Andy (a professional driver and talented photographer). We took a sonar-equipped boat across the lake to Urquhart Castle, noting depths of up to 750 feet, and I bagged one of the fabled creatures—in the accompanying poem.

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The Morning Heresy 4/10/12: Ralph Reed, Friend to Atheists

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 10, 2012

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CNN: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) says there is probably no such thing as atheists because we have "in God we trust" on our money. I don't understand the rest of what he said, either.

Ironically, Ralph Reed gives the far more generous take on atheists' chances and qualifications for serving in public office 

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The Morning Heresy 4/9/12: Assimilate This

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 09, 2012

Here's hoping you survived the spookiest holiday of them all this weekend. Speaking of which, Easter brought about some interesting opining in the media on attitudes toward religion, and the Sunday shows did their usual parading of a bunch of religious pundits to talk about faith and whatnot. Let's have a look.

 

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Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 07, 2012

Praying for help with tests is even more useless than supposed.

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Why Seculars Still Don’t Sing: response to James Croft

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
April 06, 2012

James Croft (http://harvardhumanist.org/2012/04/06/why-seculars-sing-a-response-to-tom-flynn/) offers a thoughtful and provocative critique of my Free Inquiry op-ed on humanist ritual (“Why Seculars Don’t Sing,” April/May 2012, http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=fi&page=flynn_32_3). As frequently happens when religious and secular humanists engage in debate, the ground on which the disputants – to say nothing of the spectators – stand quickly becomes mushy. Herewith, my unconscionably lengthy response.

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The Morning Heresy 4/6/12: Holy Vodka

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 06, 2012

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CFI's Office of Public Policy tells Health and Human Services not to require acupuncture be covered by insurance

By the way, we know many of you disagree with this position, and have been telling us so. We welcome the debate and discussion -- just don't poke us with anything sharp 

CFI-Indiana's Reba Wooden talks to local radio station WFHB about (award-winning) "Living without Religion" billboard

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