Science in Scare Quotes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2013

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

50 years ago today was the March on Washington and Dr. King gave that speech.

Persecuted Bangladeshi atheist blogger Asif Mohiuddin has been reaching out, despite the ongoing danger to his life and freedom. Here he is talking to Austin Dacey and to Hemant Mehta. Michael De Dora, our public policy director who runs the Campaign for Free Expression, has been working with Asif, and we expect to hear more from him. 

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena, is trying to heavily downplay the role of religion in the country's recent turmoil. 

The CFI On Campus crew hung out Google style for their second On Air Session last night, talking Light the Night and Hug an Atheist.

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Rhythmic Fluctuations of Cerebrospinal Fluid for Fun and Profit

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 27, 2013

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

Kimberly Winston gives feature treatment to the Freethought Trail, a project of the Council for Secular Humanism, which is a self-guided tour through the sites of historic importance to the secularist cause in the 19th century.  

Ebook service Smashwords tampers with an atheist client's book about God's non-existence, sneaking in religious material, and refusing to own up. 

Tonight, tonight, toniiiiight, oh-oooohhhhh, we're gonna light the night! Tonight, oh-ooooohhhh. (Ahem. That is, tonight at 8pm ET the CFI On Campus On-Air Session will cover Light the Night and Hug an Atheist Week.)

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Update: India’s “Human Torch” Baby

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 26, 2013

To recap: News reports (e.g., Times of India, August 13, 2013) told of an infant from rural India who had suffered four instances of what some believed was “spontaneous human combustion” (SHC—a phenomenon not accepted by science, although believed by a few crank scientists).

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BMI and the Argument from Antiquity Fallacy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
August 26, 2013

Is pointing out that a medical procedure has been used by doctors for 150 years an example of a logical fallacy? Maybe, or maybe not...

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Stop Oppressing My Fake Medicine

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 26, 2013

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

Dylan Matthews at WaPo's Wonkblog expands on Matthew Yglesias's call to tax churches, and highlights Ryan Cragun's research for Free Inquiry, in which it is estimated that American taxpayers are subsidizing religion to the tune of over $80 billion a year (Matthews' revised number). The same study is cited in a Star-Ledger editorial, though not by name.

This is pretty big: 9th Circuit Court says California has to compensate an atheist drug offender for sending him back to prison because he refused a religiously-based addiction treatment. It's this kind of thing that makes things like the Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) program important.

CFI's Michael De Dora pens an article on the importance of storytelling in secular activism for the Dawkins Foundation's newsletter

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Skepticism and Humanism - Allies?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 23, 2013

If you could go back in time to ask Bertrand Russell, what would he say?

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This is Part of the Weirding Way

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 23, 2013

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

Yesterday, CFI made known its condemnation of violence against religious groups in Egypt:

No person should be targeted for violence because of his or her religious affiliation. As atheists and humanists, though we may disagree strongly with the beliefs of other groups, we wholeheartedly reject oppression and violence carried out against those who hold those beliefs. Freedom of conscience is a fundamental human right.

Hemant Mehta notes that our words are "backed by action," and tells the rest of the skepto-atheist community that "we ought to be among the leading voices condemning a real assault on religious freedom." 

I was the guest pundit on yesterday's episode of Tech News Today on the TWiT network, and it was pretty fun. Also, the host referred to me as the Kwisatz Haderach.

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The Pledge Issue: Consider It Again For The First Time

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 22, 2013

I probably don't have to tell most readers of this blog that many nonreligious individuals strongly object to state laws that mandate recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. I probably also don't have to tell most readers that all legal challenges to these laws have heretofore failed. However, there may now be at least a slim chance that this losing streak will come to an end.

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From Oliver Sacks’ Lips to the (ex) Pope’s Ear

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 22, 2013

 

I just wanted to drop you a quick note after I read that you had a “mystical” experience when God told you to quit your job.

 

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The Sluggish Pundit’s Dream

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 22, 2013

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

A new poll shows that a whopping 70% of Americans are against vouchers for private and religious schools. Well, that's what we think too, and we said so:

Voucher programs are a violation of our founding secular principles, and it is heartening to know that the American people see through its proponents’ façade of reform. 

Holy crap, skin cells can be turned into egg and sperm cellsTweets our boss Ron Lindsay:

Now that we know skin cells have the potential to become babies, will Catholic Church prohibit scratching?  

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