Children Can’t Choose Their Religion, But Judges Can Do It For Them

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 06, 2012

There is no legal impartiality when a judge imposes a religious stance in court decisions.

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The Morning Heresy: 8/6/12: Let’s just call Missouri and North Carolina “alternative.”

by Stef McGraw
August 06, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Supposedly Paul's still out being a good dad or something, but I'm guessing he just wants to watch the Olympics all day. Regardless of what he's really doing, he will return 8/13.

A post at JREF discusses the effect that certain terminology can have on how people view alternative medicine. Sounds “integrative.”

Speaking of alt medicine and terminology: With the British government cracking down on homeopathy being sold as legitimate, tested medicine, one company responds with a rather creative, yet self-incriminating, solution:

“If necessary we could revise the manufacturing method, the labelling of the bottles and kit box to present them as non-medicines and non-homeopathic and market them as 'confectionery'.”

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 03, 2012

As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

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The Morning Heresy 8/3/12: Chick-fil-A Madness!

by Tony Lakey
August 03, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern, Tony Lakey. Paul is still out spending time with his family. He will return 8/13.

Jim Underdown, Executive Director of CFI-Los Angelesis featured in Surly Amy’s “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” series.

Eugenie Scott discusses the National Center for Science Education’s decision to cover climate change as well as evolution in public education:

The similarity we see between the pressures that teachers receive about teaching evolution and pressures that teachers feel about teaching climate change ultimately go back to the fact that people hold strong ideologies that influence their willingness to accept information.

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Doomsday—Yet Again!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 02, 2012

As we approach the proclaimed end of the world—actually, just the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21—many credulous people are in distress. But I am reminded of a folk song (“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”), whose refrain asks sadly, “Oh when will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”

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The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you

by Dren Asselmeier
August 02, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and will be returning on August 13th.

Chick-fil-A has been in the news recently for their president's comments regarding his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation. The comments have spawned an internet storm of people saying that they won't eat there, that they will eat there and feel guilty, or that they don't care. More recently, some people who agree that same-sex marriage, you know, makes baby Jesus cry, have decided to promote an Appreciation Day. Today, I read All Alabama's (al.com) report:

Those who oppose Cathy's remarks, have ask supporters to donate the cost of a meal, about $6.50, to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ... GLAAD is supporting a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," encouraging same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide Friday and hold a kiss-in. They are also asking those participating to post photos of the kisses.

Once all of the kissing and chicken appreciation is over, I hope we can just go back to agreeing that people who don't eat fast food are better than those who do.

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The Morning-ish Heresy 8/1/12: Take Two Delusions And Call Me In The Morning

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by Tony Lakey
August 01, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Tony Lakey, CFI Intern Extraordinaire. Paul is still out building his giant evil robot. I have discovered that it is going to be able to makes pizzas and that it may or may not be fueled by the tears of infants (which is probably the reason for having another child). Paul will be returning on August 13th.

CFI Director of the Office of Public Policy, Michael De Dora urges you to tell your representatives to reject a bill to ban abortion in DC. De Dora has this to say about the bill:

“H.R. 3803, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), would prevent a woman from having an abortion in many important situations: where continuing a pregnancy could put at risk her health or ability to bear children in the future; where she is suffering from mental illness; and where she has learned of a severe or fatal fetal anomaly. It would also impose criminal penalties on any physician found to violate the law, including up to $250,000 in fines and two years in prison.

This bill is wrong for several reasons.

H.R. 3803 is based on the assumption that fetuses can experience pain at 20 weeks. However, this is unsupported by existing scientific research, which suggests fetuses do not experience pain until at least 29 or 30 weeks. Furthermore, only 1.4 percent of all abortions happen after 21 weeks, and those usually occur due to urgent health dangers or difficulty accessing abortion services.”

 

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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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