Bell Witch Cave

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 21, 2012

As a sidelight to the excellent 2012 CSIcon event in Nashville, I was able to make an excursion on October 27 to Tennessee’s “haunted” Bell Witch Cave with a favorite co-investigator, Vaughn Rees (who drove to the conference from his home in Ensenada, Mexico!).

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The Morning Heresy 11/21/12: Kahless is the Reason for the Season

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 21, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

The skepto-atheosphere is already having parades and throwing ticker-tape over the news that CFI's Debbie Goddard has been elevated to Director of Outreach for the organization. Debbie replaces Lauren Becker who, thankfully, remains with CFI as the new Director of Marketing. 

Rubidium atoms tickle each other across a distance of 500 feet as Chinese scientists for the first time achieve quantum teleportation of macroscopic objects

Tim Farley presents the long, sordid, crazy story of Dennis "Mabus" Markuze, newly re-arrested for harassing the skepto-atheosphere. Seriously, this has all the details.

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Santa Monica Gets It Right: Public Parks No Place for Xmas Displays

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
November 20, 2012

One year after an atheist group smartly gamed a cumbersome lottery, seizing a majority of the exhibit slots under a clumsy system for ensuring diversity in "holiday" displays at a public park, Santa Monica, California, got the message. (Or rather, a wise Federal judge had to get it for them.) The message is that holiday displays with religious overtones have no business in the public square, whether they're Christian, Jewish, Wiccan, Muslim, or whatever. Even atheist or humanist displays that comment on the bankruptcy of all religions can be blocked, it seems to me, if the benefit is that ALL religious displays, especially those representative of majority faith positions, are blocked also. There is more than enough property belonging to religious institutions and private owners where creches, trees, Santas, menorahs, and the like can be displayed at the upcoming time of year. Public spaces should be for everyone -- and "everyone" includes people who are celebrating any number of holidays at this time of year, as well as others with no celebration whatever in their plans.

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The Morning Heresy 11/20/12: Operation Archangel, Mission Aborted

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 20, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Yesterday, Dennis Markuze, aka "Mabus," the Internet tormentor of atheists, skeptics, and others in the reality-based community, was arrested by Montreal police -- again -- for violating the terms of his probation by harassing folks over social media. You may have even been a target of his threats or "prophecies" yourself, often appearing on social media services as "Operation Archangel" and raving about atheists, Jesus, and Nostradamus, among other things. More from the Montreal Gazette and fellow Makuze target Ars Technica. (I know! Who would harass Ars Technica for Pete's sake?)

CFI chief Ron Lindsay laments the recent court decision allowing a publisher of Christian books to claim a religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate of the health reform law:

Score one for the Catholic Church and everyone else who thinks religious liberty implies the right to impose their dogma on others.  

Rimsha Masih is acquitted of blasphemy charges. 

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A Distortion of Religious Liberty

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 19, 2012

Score one for the Catholic Church and everyone else who thinks religious liberty implies the right to impose their dogma on others. A federal judge has prohibited the Obama administration from requiring a publisher owned principally by a Christian foundation to provide its employees with contraceptive coverage, pursuant to the new health care law. The case is Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. v. Sebelius.

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The Morning Heresy 11/19/12: To Serve Man

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 19, 2012

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Selections from the latest Free Inquiry are up online, which features two special sections: One drawing from and inspired by the Women in Secularism conference (introduced by Melody Hensley here) and the other on blasphemy laws (Tom Flynn's editorial here).  

At the Rutgers Humanist Chaplaincy website, our own Michael De Dora makes a powerful case for our involvement in the struggle against blasphemy laws around the world...

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The Morning Heresy 11/16/12: A Marvelous Conduit in a Timeless Whole

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 16, 2012

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The Conversation offers guidelines to science journalists who wish to avoid reporting malarkey as fact, in an admittedly baffling environment. 

LiveScience reports on a new study attempting to explain why you think you see Jesus on your toast, or a face on Mars. Spoiler: The religious are more likely to "anthropomorphize."

George Dvorsky at io9: Mountain pine beetles and mosquitos agree - bring on global warming

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An Interview on CFI’s Office of Public Policy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 15, 2012

Recently I had the chance to speak with SkepChick blogger and Surly-Ramics creator Amy Davis Roth regarding the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy and its wide-ranging advocacy efforts.

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The Morning Heresy 11/15/12: The Confusion that Ensues

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 15, 2012

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Wow, we have a lot of stuff to cover today, folks. Let's dive in. 

As egotistical as I am, yesterday I neglected to link to Kylie Sturgess interviewing little old me for the Token Skeptic podcast, and what do we talk about? Why, The Morning Heresy of course! 

Speaking of me, myself, and I, at Friendly Atheist I cast a skeptical eye on Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's prescription for conservative success...

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Old Anti-Catholic Hoax Continues

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 14, 2012

Recently, I bought an intriguing book in an antique shop: Maria Monk: Secrets of the Black Nunnery Revealed. It was undated but was obviously a reprint of an older volume. Purportedly, in the 1830s, the author escaped from a Montreal convent where priests entered through a secret tunnel to have sexual relations with the defenseless nuns. If a child resulted, the infant was baptized, strangled, and thrown into a basement lime pit (Monk n.d., 130–31). Pregnant herself, Monk escaped to have her baby and pen the tell-all tale. Or so she claimed.

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