Consume As Much As You Can

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 09, 2014

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

So many of you reached out to help the Ugandan humanist group HALEA after their violent robbery, and now we have an update from one of their leaders, Kato Mukasa, about the progress they're making as a result. "HALEA can now afford to dream again," he writes. It's an inspiring read.

CFI applauded the recent rulings in favor of marriage equality from the Supreme and Ninth Circuit Courts:

“Legal blockades to same-sex marriage, rooted in religious dogma and inapplicable to a modern, secular society, are collapsing all around the country,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI. “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to those who will be awarded their basic civil rights and the freedom to marry by this decision.” 

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‘We Can Now Afford to Dream Again’ - How You Helped Humanists in Uganda

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
October 08, 2014

This past summer, we asked you to help us lend a hand to our humanist allies in Uganda, the Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity, and Accountability. HALEA’s offices, located in the slums of Kamapala, were robbed, during which a security guard was severely beaten (and who is now recovering well, I’m happy to say), and the offices were stripped of everything of value: computers, cameras, phones, printers, microphones, power cords, media players, and more. ...

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“Bracketing” for Historical Detectives

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 08, 2014

For my collection of dictionaries (which also includes various related volumes such as antique spellers and other wordbooks), I recently purchased a little primer (about 3 x 4 12’’ tall) bearing no publication date. I usually pass over undated works because their use in literary investigation is therefore limited.

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Probably Quite Smart

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 08, 2014

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

Because one major victory for marriage equality just wasn't enough for one week, the Ninth Circuit strikes down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Judge Stephen Reinhardt:

The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions ... When same-sex couples are married, just as when opposite-sex couples are married, they serve as models of loving commitment to all.

I know this will surprise you, but the Catholic Church in Ireland is uneasy about the idea of nixing the country's blasphemy law. 

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Two Percent

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 07, 2014

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

Just as I was hitting the "submit" button for The Morning Heresy yesterday, the news came down that the Supreme Court had decided not to act on its slate of same-sex marriage cases, opening the flood gates to marriage equality in several states. Robert Barnes at WaPo says, "The court’s action marks a turning point. A majority of Americans now live in states where gay couples can wed, and the court’s decision could soon bring the number of those states to 30, meaning there may be no going back."

The Court also rejected the appeal of an Ohio science teacher who was fired for trying to push creationism on his students.  

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Spluttering with Fury

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 06, 2014

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

Happy Monday from the New Scientist:

It's worse than we thought. Scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate. 

Whee! 

The Daily Journal profiles our own Reba Boyd Wooden, director of CFI-Indiana, on her work as the head of our Secular Celebrant program (paywalled but with nice pictures). 

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A Healthy Dose of Isopropyl Cyanide

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 03, 2014

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

Our own Ed Beck was the special guest of the Secular Coalition for America's national movement update call yesterday, where he gave a great overview of the Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign, and you can listen here.

harsh ruling by the the 5th Circuit does enormous damage to Texas women's ability to get an abortion, closing most clinics and leaving only eight left. 

Rev. Alexander Santora writes about last month's Religion Newswriters Conference for the Jersey Journal, and seems uneasy about the "hijacking" of the affair by secular groups, including us...twice! 

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I Was Part of a Jazzercise Class

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 02, 2014

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

If you're free at noon today, check out the Secular Coalition's weekly movement conference call, which will have our own Ed Beck talking about our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. 

Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab of Bahrain is arrested for unspecified tweets that allegedly "denigrated" his government. Just before this, he'd been at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva along with our own Michael De Dora.

Tom Krattenmaker at USA Today explores the potential for atheists running for office...

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Relics of a Fading Fringe

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 01, 2014

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

On International Blasphemy Rights Day yesterday, Ireland's government announced its intention to hold a public referendum on its own blasphemy law

Tomorrow, CFI's Ed Beck will be a special guest on the Secular Coalition's weekly conference call update, where he'll talk about our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. 

A few weeks back, Lindsay Beyerstein interviewed Caitlin Doughty of "Ask a Mortician" on Point of Inquiry. Today, Doughty is interviewed by CFI-DC's Simon Davis for VICE.

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Immortal Pond Scum

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 30, 2014

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

It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, what our own Cody Hashman calls "the only day I hold sacred," and yesterday Ron Lindsay took stock of where blasphemy rights stand in 2014. It's quite a day for IBRD, as Iran executes a man, Mohsen Amir-Aslan, for "heresy." From The Guardian:

Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of his religious beliefs. He had interpreted Jonah’s story in the Qur’an as a symbolic tale.

Brian Pellot at Religion News Service uses the occasion to speak up for Raif Badawi and against the global toleration of Saudi Arabia...

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