The Morning Heresy 6/19/12: The Best Possible Time to Be Alive

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 19, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Yesterday, CFI organized a protest outside the Indonesian Embassy to demand the release and exoneration of Alexander Aan, beaten by a mob and convicted of "spreading religious hatred" via his atheism and satirical Facebook posts. Our boss Ron Lindsay reports that the folks within the embassy were definitely paying attention (how often does their embassy get protests?) so we at least know that our message was heard. Here are some pics, and our thanks to those who helped spread the word.

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A Scintillating UFO Experience

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 18, 2012

Journalist Jacqui Jeras—reporting on CNN Newsroom, Sunday, May 27, 2012—described a UFO that had been seen over Blue Springs, Missouri, for the previous two weeks. It first looked like a star, “experts” said, but then began flashing red and blue colors, leading to descriptions of “a purple light” and “freaky blue lights in the sky.” Video closeups confirmed the effect.

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In this game of Info Survivor, print wins

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
June 18, 2012

One of the joys of blogging is sometimes you just get to rant. Here's one case, at least, where a very good book has lost a bit of its value because its publisher was too quick to jump on the online bandwagon.

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The Morning Heresy 6/18/12: Let’s Get it Aan

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 18, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Over the weekend, CFI roundly condemned the blasphemy conviction of atheist Alexander Aan in Indonesia, and is organizing a protest for his freedom outside the Indonesian embassy in Washington at 2pm. Details are here. If you're in the area, show the Indonesian authorities -- and Alex -- that we demand his freedom, and that we are paying attention.

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Population, Consumption Threaten Earth’s Future—Who’s Surprised?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
June 15, 2012

If a consortium of 105 national science academies and a report by 22 scientists in the June 7 Nature are to be believed, overpopulation and unsustainable consumption may already have set humanity on course for a catastrophic future. If only we'd listened to the "popullution" alarmists back in the 1970s, when human numbers were far lower and remedial action might have been easier.

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The Morning Heresy 6/14/12: Therefore it’s Not Happening

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Quick note: I'm dragging my kid to see family this weekend, so there will probably not be a Morning Heresy tomorrow (Friday). But don't worry, nothing interesting will happen.  

Media outlets are abuzz over recent Pew data that shows millennials belief in God dropping pretty quickly...

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Still Skeptical of Blogs

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 13, 2012

Why blogs suck: It's probably true that most blogs are crap-but it's a shame that we must work so hard to find the non-crap. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/13/12: The Most Disdained Group of All

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

There's some religious ugliness in the news today, folks, so if you're looking to start your day with smoke coming out your ears, you've come to the right place. But let's start with some very good news!

North Dakota's "Measure 3," which would have allowed religious belief as an excuse to avoid compliance with all kinds of laws, and which CFI urged voters to oppose, was defeated yesterday! Roundly defeated, even, 64% to 36%.

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CFI Tells Obama Administration to Stand Its Ground and Finalize Birth Control Rule

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 12, 2012

The Center for Inquiry today submitted formal comments urging the Department of Health and Human Services to make final a rule requiring health insurance providers and organizations providing health care plans to cover preventive health services, such as birth control and contraception, without charging a co-payment. But to make real impact, we need your help.

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The Morning Heresy 6/12/12: A Single Menacing Blur

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CFI chief Ron Lindsay blogs about balls. Okay, get it out of your system. Now. Once you're done tittering about it, read the thing, because there's an important message:

Language is powerful. Language not only expresses our thoughts, it shapes them. “Balls” is in common use, and that’s precisely part of the problem. It’s embedded so much in our language that we don’t notice it, but that simply means our sexism is burrowed in deep. 

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