The Morning Heresy 5/11/12: Bottomless Chum Bucket

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

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CFI-Indiana director Reba Boyd Wooden and member John Kiel do a great job being interviewed on WSBT television on CFI's efforts to end religious privilege in solemnizing marriages in Indiana. Reba says, "We shouldn't be forced to portray ourselves as religious. We should be able to [solemnize marriages] under a secular certification."

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Secular Campus Group’s Office Vandalized; Group Responds

by Debbie Goddard
May 10, 2012

This morning the Titans for Reason, the secular pro-science student group at California State University – Fullerton, found their on-campus office space vandalized, apparently by a religious individual or group.

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Obama and Marriage Equality: The Inspirational, the Cynical, and the Practical

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2012

I am of three minds on Obama's endorsement of gay marriage yesterday. (I have a very big head, and can easily accomodate all three minds within my spacious skull.) I am equal parts inspired, cynical, and pragmatic. Allow me to parse it out.

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What We’ve Gained—and What We’ve Lost

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 10, 2012

If anyone didn't already know that the legalization of same-sex marriage is inevitable, President Obama's dramatic announcement that he supports it should settle the matter. That makes this a good time to appreciate what those of us who favor the expansion of rights as a general principle have gained -- and what we've lost.

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The Morning Heresy 5/10/12: Cortical Gyrification

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2012

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While millions celebrated yesterday what was a huge move forward, symbolically at least, for LGBT marriage equality, CFI championed marriage equality of another kind in Indiana.

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Edwina Rogers—An Inspired Choice?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 09, 2012

I am becoming leery of taking trips overseas. It seems that controversies within the American secular movement tend to flair up soon after I flash my passport in some foreign land.

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The Morning Heresy 5/9/12: You and the Bus

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 09, 2012

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She of the Heated Phone Interview, Greta Christina, talks to AHA's Roy Speckhardt, who was part of the hiring committee that chose Edwina Rogers to head the SCA.  

Hearing Roy's thinking on all of this reinforces for me what I noted in my reactions to Greta's interview with Rogers herself, that the emphasis here is on raw realpolitik.

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Pop-Culture Zombies

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 08, 2012

On ABC’s popular show Castle, in an episode titled “Undead Again” (aired April 30, 2012), Detective Beckett summons the show’s writer/consultant namesake to a murder scene where the victim’s body bears severe human bite marks. The only witness also has bite marks that match those on the dead man, and the witness insists their assailant was a zombie!

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White House Judicial Vacancy Briefing

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Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
May 08, 2012

More than 250 million Americans--80 percent of the U.S. population--live in a community today with a courtroom vacancy.  And 150 million live in districts awaiting a Senate confirmation vote.

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The Morning Heresy 5/8/12: Six Commandments, Fourteen-Foot Beaver

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 08, 2012

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Greta Christina posts her audio interview (mp3) with new SCA chief Edwina Rogers, as well as a transcript

Prime takeaway from my perspective: Rogers seems adamant that there is more of a pro-secular attitude within the GOP than almost anyone else believes, and leans heavily on the idea that there's not sufficient research on the question (she says, "I don't agree that the Republican Party is pro-life," which is really hard to square, but she insists that there is supportive research). I have to wonder whether this is somewhat a moot issue, because it seems to me that the question that is plaguing movement atheists is whether Rogers is truly "one of us" given her history, and while not totally irrelevant, the secularity of the wider GOP is not necessarily central to answering that. In other words, her own record and coming work will be a far better barometer than that of the Republican Party as a whole. 

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