Secularism and Health Care

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 04, 2014

Secularism is about more than keeping religious mottoes off our coins or crèches off the courthouse steps. Secularism insists that our public polices be based on reason and evidence, not religious dogma.

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Pokemon for Simpletons

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 04, 2014

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

The Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign is off! Check out the great resources at the website, tell us your stories of contending with religion and pseudoscience in health care, and tweet with #SafeandSecular! Hemant says, "I can’t stress how broad this campaign is — and it needs to be. Atheists and skeptics should be concerned with any number of health care-related issues."

The Richard Dawkins Foundation picks our own Debbie Goddard as their Secular VIP of the Week! 

Iranian American comedian Negin Farsad joins Josh Zepps on Point of Inquiry to give her take on religious identification and the debates over Islam.  

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Diamond Brand (Whispered Secret) Pills

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 03, 2014

The red, black, and gold tin box pictured here (about 2 1/4” x 1 5/8”  x 1” high) was the product of Chichester Chemical Company of Philadelphia: Diamond Brand Pills. Nowhere on the box, however, is any indication of what the pills were expected to remedy. Indeed, each box was secured with a blue ribbon as if to keep a secret. (Note: The present box has a flange on the bottom that fastened the ends of the ribbon, which are still present.)

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Some Bastard Child of Soft and Hard Science

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

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Today, CFI launches a major new campaign to fight the influence of religious dogma and junk science in health care: Keep Health Care Safe and Secular. This is a big deal for us, and in a really cool way shows how the seemingly disparate humanist and skeptic sides of CFI really do come from the same place: science and reason on a foundation of compassion, for doing what's right. We've got a big new website (SafeandSecular.org) full of information and actions you can take right now, and of course, a lovely little hashtag: #SafeandSecular. We've put, and will continue to put, an enormous amount of effort into this, from all areas of CFI, so stay tuned. 

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Beats by Kurzweil

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

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CFI sent an action alert Friday to rally support for Meriam Ibrahim, the young mother of two sentenced to death for apostasy, and spread a social media meme around to get the word out. Now it sounds like Sudan may in fact free her. Let's hope so! 

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Great piece in The Atlantic by Emma Green looks at the entrenchment of theism in the US military, the the struggle to get atheist/humanist chaplains. 

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Molded into a Heffalump

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

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Turkey's high court reverses the country's ban on YouTube, saying the ban violates free expression (yay Turkey!), but then a Twitter user is sentenced to 15 months in jail for having a Twitter handle with "Allah" in it and doing a satirical take on the deity (boo Turkey!).  

After PETA ties dairy to autism, Arit John at The Wire sums up the mess:

The problem — other than the offensive play on the "Got Milk?" slogan — is that the research available has been discredited by at least two independent overviews. A 2010 overview by the University of Texas at Austin of 14 studies on the link between autism and casein- and gluten-free diets found that the "overall study quality was poor" and only the least scientific studies implied the diet improved behavior. 

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These Cyborgs for God

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 29, 2014

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Alas, when it comes to U.S. currency, in God, it is presumed, we all trust. Alas.  

The U.S. State Department isn't convinced that Nigeria's government knows where the kidnapped girls are.  

These are not necessarily in our skepto-atheist wheelhouse, but two big things in the tech and culture spaces weigh on the Heretic's mind...

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The Information

Access Points with Timothy Binga
May 28, 2014

The advent of the Information Revolution that began in the late twentieth century caused such a significant change in the way we work, play, and even just exist on a day-to-day basis that some context is helpful to understand how these changes came about. Technology changed the way we work: high-tech service jobs are now more prevalent than manufacturing jobs, which were created as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The sharing of information over distances of both time and location are the focus of James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (New York: Pantheon, 2011).

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Eaten by the Shark You Jumped

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 28, 2014

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Lindsay Beyerstein brings much-needed skeptical perspective to the issue of capital punishment with special guest Dahlia Lithwick of Slate on Point of Inquiry

CFI's international programs director Bill Cooke evaluates the conflict in Ukraine, and sees religion as a huge factor.

Sarah Posner blogs-heads with Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance, and in this clip, he talks about his attempts to get the Obama administration to make good on its promises regarding faith-based initiatives. Posner's tweet has a spoiler about whether they did.

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Civil War in Ukraine, with Religion as the Fault Line

by Bill Cooke
May 27, 2014

There is not much doubt now that Ukraine is falling into civil war. Like the English and Scots, Ukrainians and Russians have lived together for centuries. They have intermarried, shared political highs and lows and come to know each other very closely. But that hasn’t meant they’ve liked each other. Only in the area of religion is there any significant difference. 

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