Two Heffernans in One Heresy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 12, 2013

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

Malala Yousafzai will address the UN today, and moments ago she was greeted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Michelle Boorstein explores how the very word "religion" has become problematic, even to believers. 

The CFI Hammer of Reason™ is not done with you yet, Google! Go see our action alert and tell the folks in Mountain View to check their consciences and stop funding climate change deniers. 

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PayPal Me for Magic Missile

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 11, 2013

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

UN: Knock-knock.

Vatican: Who's there?

UN:
 United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Vatican:
 "United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child" who? . . .

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Go Home, “First Things.” You’re Drunk.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 10, 2013

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

The CFI Office of Public Policy brought the Hammer of Reason™ down on Google for sponsoring events for climate change deniers like Sen. James Inhofe:

Whatever other interests Google is pursuing in funding these groups and individuals, it is engaging in a malevolent act by aiding those who are dedicated to misleading the public regarding matters of scientific consensus 

James Temple at the San Francisco Chronicle picks up the story (gets a little quote from me) and comes down just as hard...

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Firefighter’s “Miracle Recovery”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 09, 2013

At 6:54 a.m., December 29, 1995, the roof of a burning house collapsed on Buffalo fireman Donald J. Herbert. Before being rescued he had been starved of oxygen for some six minutes, resulting in brain damage. For almost the next decade he was in a minimally responsive state, unable to communicate effectively.

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There’s No Snow Where You’re Going!!!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 09, 2013

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

Robert Long at The American Conservative looks at the nonbelief of conservative fixture George Will, who "combines unbelief with a fondness for religion, not a fear of it." CFI, by the way, gets a nod.

The Decatur Daily of Alabama looks at the crisis in Egypt, takes lessons for the U.S., and reaches a conclusion you wouldn't expect from an Alabama newspaper:

While the effort is constantly difficult when a majority of the people in a democracy subscribe to the same faith, government should not be used as a tool for religion. Both institutions suffer from the combination. Much political acrimony in the United States today arises from this tension. . . . The issue is not whether Christian beliefs are right or wrong, but whether government is the proper institution to promote them.

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The Sermon on the Mount Makes for Lousy Foreign Policy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 08, 2013

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

Rabbi David Wolpe (famous in our circles for his debates with various secu-lebrities) causes a stir as he determines that his conservative synagogue will perform same-sex marriages.

Both Science Friday, with help from Paul Offit; and On the Media, with help from Ben Goldacre, take a skeptical look at alternative medicine.   

Lots of Pope action today. Francis "sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood" with approvals for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. After elevating these guys to celestial awsomeness to hang with God, he then tells priests to stop driving flashy cars.

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You Aren’t Religious, But Who Are You?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
July 05, 2013

Just when you thought that categorizing types of nonreligious people was getting old....

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Your Atheism Has Been Rated “AAA”

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 05, 2013

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

I was horrified this morning, as I clicked on a news item in my Twitter stream about the beheading of a boy in Ghana, whose stepfather allegedly thought he was a wizard or something. That's horrifying enough, but the article also contained, much to my shock, two photographs of the body. (No, I am not providing a link.) I turned away as quickly as I could, but at this moment, and I suspect for some time, that image is now seared onto my brain, and my heart beats faster and more nervously every time it crosses my awareness. . . .

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Freeloaders, Trees, and Lonely Rocks

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 03, 2013

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

RNS's Kimberly Winston looks at the growing phenomenon of homeschooling for humanists.

Luke Dittrich of Esquire publishes a big takedown of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's accounts of the afterlife in Proof of Heaven. The article is behind a paywall, alas, but it's only two bucks. 

Indonesia's parliament passes a "Mass Organization Law" which, among other things, "prohibits groups from committing blasphemy." 

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The Golden Rule(s)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 02, 2013

The Golden Rule—a common-sense ethical principle based on mutual empathy—is shared by numerous religious and philosophical traditions. For example, there is Judaism’s Torah verse: “. . . Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). The popular Christian version (paraphrasing Jesus from Matthew 7:12) is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And so on—in Islam, Buddhism, and many others, including Humanism. (See “Golden Rule,” online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule.)

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