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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Can We Drop “Balls”?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 11, 2012

Many people, including many skeptics, atheists, and humanists, use the term “balls” or its myriad equivalents as a metaphor for courage, determination, resolve or similar attributes.  I suggest we should stop using such terms, for a pretty obvious reason: one doesn’t need testicles to be courageous, determined, or resolute.

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You Might Be An Atheist

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 11, 2012

It's easier than ever to admit what you have been thinking all along.

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The Morning Heresy 6/11/12: Worse than Useless

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 11, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Must-read for science-loving secu-skepties at the New Yorker: Why the hell do we have so much trouble accepting science? Un-learning:

. . . science education is not simply a matter of learning new theories. Rather, it also requires that students unlearn their instincts, shedding false beliefs the way a snake sheds its old skin.

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