The Morning Heresy 7/31/12: Barry Karr Speaks

by Dren Asselmeier
July 31, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretic is Dren Asselmeier, the master of portmanteau. Paul is out on family leave due to the birth of his second child and will be returning August 13th. Until then, you’ll just have to settle for the B-list seculebrity writers like me. 

Executive Director of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, and our favorite AOL user, Barry Karr was the interviewee on Skepchick recently in one iteration of the series “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” by Surly Amy. Barry said:

As skeptics, we are used to debating issues, sometimes vigorously. There is nothing wrong with making your points and engaging in the healthy give and take of constructive dialogue, sharing of facts, ideas and opinions. However there is nothing constructive in the personal attacks and vindictiveness that has come to dominate parts of the skeptical and humanist blogosphere of late. More importantly I find totally reprehensible statements advocating violence, rape and even death directed towards women.

Read the full article here.

 

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The Morning Heresy 7/30/12: Chuck Norris Checks Under His Bed for Eddie Tabash

by Tony Lakey
July 30, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretics are CFI Interns, Tony Lakey and Stef McGraw. Paul is out on family leave due to the birth of his second child (although I have it on good authority that he is actually building a “giant evil robot.” I’ll keep you posted.) Paul will be returning August 13th.  

 CFI Campus Organizer Dren Asselmeier informs us of CFI board member Eddie Tabash’s willingness to take on Chuck Norris. Well…not physically. Eddie explains:

As an atheist/secular humanist, I am horrified at the religious fundamentalist and anti-gay ideas expressed by Chuck Norris. Even though I have a black belt in Okinawan karate, I would run for the hills if anyone even suggested that I fight him physically. He is one of the most knowledgeable martial arts masters in the world. However, because I regard the America he envisions as antithetical to the crucial needs of a modern secular society, I hereby challenge him to a verbal—yes only verbal!—debate on the separation of church and state.

Want this smackdown to go down near you? CFI’s Outreach Department would be happy to help make that a reality (that is, if Mr. Norris isn’t too scared to face THE Eddie Tabash).

 

 

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Potentially the Smackdown of the Year

by Dren Asselmeier
July 27, 2012

Edward Tabash weighs in on the anti-gay remarks recently made by Chuck Norris.

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The Morning Heresy 7/27/12: Geneticists Like Euphemisms

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 27, 2012

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You think our ever-expanding and active secular movement is such hot stuff? CFI chief Ron Lindsay wants you to prove it

Much chest-thumping has taken place recently about the growth of the nonreligious community. If this growth is actually happening, I am obviously pleased by it. Scratch that—I’m thrilled by it. However, if the secular community cannot muster a measly 25,000 signatures (roughly the number of people who attend a Joel Osteen event) in support of a petition for freedom of conscience, I am not sure this growth is worth much. 

That's right. Now go sign and share the petition for Alexander Aan, and show Ron what we're made of. 

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CFI Joins Coalition in Condemning House Reps for Muslim Brotherhood Claims

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 26, 2012

The Center for Inquiry today joined 41 religious, secular, and civil rights groups in writing to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to express our disappointment over the lawmakers' allegations that several Muslim individuals who work with the American government might be trying to spread the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.


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Be a Hero in Less Than Five Minutes

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
July 26, 2012

You can stand up for freedom of conscience without any danger to yourself—indeed without breaking a sweat. You can help someone who is being unjustly persecuted without leaving the comfort of your chair. You can advance the cause of freethought internationally without spending a dime. You can be a hero in less than five minutes. Here’s how.

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The Morning Heresy 7/26/12: Gratuitous Nighttime Baloney

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 26, 2012

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Stars of the NatGeo show Chasing UFOs think their own show is crap. After thinking they were going to do some real science, says the show's James Fox:

Unfortunately, when we actually got out in the field, we began to realize that they were more interested in poking around at night than allocating the time necessary during the day as, apparently (so we were told), Americans love watching others sneak around at night from the comfort of their couches. For the most part, it was gratuitous nighttime baloney. 

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The Morning Heresy 7/25/12: Go Get a Real Hobby

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 25, 2012

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A lot of bloggers have helped spread the word about the petition to the White House for jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, and I want to take this moment here to offer my sincere thanks. Frreethought Blogs' writers as a group have been particularly good about encouraging folks to sign and share, and all of us here at CFI appreciate it. Please, please keep it up.

Pick out your Halloween costume and tune your six-string. It's time to get ready for CSICon 2012 in Nashville

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Mermaid Body Found?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 24, 2012

Has the body of an actual mermaid been discovered? Well, no, but that very idea was launched by an Animal Planet “documentary” that proved to be a crockumentary—in this case a fictional story offered in the realistic style of The Blair Witch Project (1999).

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The Morning Heresy 7/24/12: If You Don’t Read This, You’re Hitler

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 24, 2012

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Bye bye, Sally Ride (1951-2012).

Greta Christina has some words for Mitt Romney in response to his praise of Dr. Ride. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay explores how one's politics are (and are not) informed by humanism in the latest Free Inquiry

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