The Science of Keyboard Cat

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 07, 2013

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

Persecuted Egyptian atheist Alber Saber, though away from his home country as he struggles for justice, is nonetheless a proud papa. Welcome, Hypatia Alber Saber!

Politico runs a report largely critical of vouchers (aka, taxpayer funding for private and religious schools). I know, I'm surprised too. They quote secular wunderkind Zack Kopplin:

Nationwide, many schools participating in voucher programs infuse religion through their curriculum. Zack Kopplin, a student activist who favors rigorous science education, has found more than 300 voucher schools across the U.S. that teach the biblical story of creation as science; some also instruct children that the world is just several thousand years old and use textbooks describing the Loch Ness Monster as a living dinosaur. Parents at one such school in Louisiana received a newsletter calling secular scientists “sinful men.”

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Put This in Your Pipe for Separation of Church and State

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 04, 2013

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

Now how cool is this?! MLive expands on its coverage of the CFI Living without Religion campaign with short video interviews of some of the folks at CFI-Michigan, who talk about how they find meaning and purpose.

Some folks are surprised to find the body of Christ in their burger

Brian Pellot rounds up some other blasphemous examples that have been attacked by believers. 

Scalia opens mouth, makes secularists die a little inside...

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German ‘Wild Boy’ Sentenced for Fraud

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 03, 2013

In 2011 a young man wandered into a German police station and told office workers, "I'm all alone in the world, I don't know who I am. Please help me."

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Armies of Pestilence

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

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

Arab League member states collaborate on drafting a blasphemy law that expands jurisdiction to blasphemy practiced outside national borders. Living in Opposite Land, one official said:

The law does not interfere in any way with the freedom of opinion and expression which is well protected and guaranteed.    

Jim Downard in Spokane alerts his community that the godless are coming! Of course I'm referring to the CFI Summit this month!

And hey, remember that big ARIS survey about secular, religious, and spiritual college students? Well, at the Summit, Barry Kosmin will drop more new data, this time focusing specifically on we seculars. I can't wait! 

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A Lesson in “Spin”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 02, 2013

As we know, political groups put their own “spin” on news stories. Let’s suppose that, while strolling near the White House, President Obama discovered a wallet on the sidewalk and returned it to its owner. Here is how some different sources might report the story.

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We Shoulda Seen This Coming—Oh, Wait, I Did!

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
October 02, 2013

Way back in the October/November 2011 FREE INQUIRY, I sounded the alarm about the danger of unintended consequences from the drive for humanist chaplains in the military. Since then, the issue has only mushroomed. Now (partly but not solely by way of Harvard's humanist chaplaincy) tearing down the fences between humanism and religion has become a game almost anyone can play. Today even Peter J. Reilly, an online tax columnist (!) for Forbes, has weighed in with an essay asking "Should Humanist Groups Seek Church Status?"

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Proselytism is Solemn Nonsense

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 02, 2013

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

Elise Hilton at the religious-conservative organization Acton Institute respectfully questions the new CFI Living without Religion campaign, and still concludes, "Believers and non-believers have much in common, and much to discuss."   

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be magically turned into saints on on April 27, 2014. 

The current pope is still generating good copy, for example:

Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. 

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Atheists Don’t Steal Danish Bicycles

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 01, 2013

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

The government may be shut down, but luckily, heresy does not depend on public funds.  

Yesterday was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and I was proud to watch as CFI's Michael De Dora did a live Google Hangout interview with persecuted atheist Kacem El Ghazzali of Morocco. (Alber Saber was supposed to be there, too, but his connection failed. We plan to have him back.) Skim past the technical troubles in the first few minutes, and then it's a great interview with a fascinating guy.  

Also yesterday we launched the Living without Religion campaign, and people seem really excited about it. I know we are! Tweets are coming in that eloquently tell how you guys live happy, fulfilling lives #withoutreligion, and I encourage you to keep it up. If you live in or near DC, NYC, Grand Rapids/Detroit, or Indianapolis, keep your eyes out for the ads, like this one in Michigan!  

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International Blasphemy Rights Day: An Interview With Persecuted Atheists

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
September 30, 2013

The Center for Inquiry will mark International Blasphemy Rights Day on Monday, September 30, part by hosting an online discussion with Alber Saber and Kacem El-Ghazzali, both of whom have been forced to leave their home countries over blasphemy charges.

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You Bunch of Perverts

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 30, 2013

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

This is a huge day at CFI!

Today we're launching a national outreach campaign declaring that, yes indeed, millions of Americans live happy, meaningful lives without religion. We have ads going up in NYC, DC, Michigan, and Indiana. We have an amazing new website with a fantastic video, testimonials from real people about the benefits of secular humanism, stats, resources, and other great content. In fact, we want you to join in and tell us how you live happily #withoutreligion on Twitter. Here's our official announcement and our press release

But wait! There's more! 

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