The Morning Heresy 10/26/12: Folklore-for-Profit

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 26, 2012

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

The conference is now officially in full swing, and tonight is the big CSICon Halloween party. I'm actually missing the first event so I can deliver all this crucial information to you, the Morning Heresy readers. You are so welcome. Also of note: Because I forgot my own razor, I had to use the hotel's cheapie razor to shave, and now my face looks and feels like I just nuzzled up to a cheese grater. Can only get better from here, I hope.

And just in time for our skeptical conference, NBCNews.com profiles Joe Nickell and his quest for truth about the paranormal, calling him, "the world's longest-running full-time professional paranormal investigator." 

Tom Flynn's latest salvo against Florida's religion-funding Amendment 8 addresses the Blaine Amendment's 19th century anti-Catholic baggage.  

Billy Hallowell at Glenn Beck's The Blaze does a pretty detailed treatment on CFI's lawsuit in Indiana to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages. 

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The Morning Heresy 10/25/12: A Minute Amount of Intelligence

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 25, 2012

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Ladies and gentlenerds, CSICon 2012 kicks off today in Music City. Your Morning Heretic is a little discombobulated from late night travel and time zone changes, plus being in the human presense of people who I have known exclusively as email addresses or Twitter handles. But all signs from the ineffable consciousness of the universal spirit point to a really fantastic event.

FoxNews.com covers the CFI lawsuit in Indiana to allow for secular celebrants to solemnize marriages, and wherein I inartfully try to make the distinction between just getting a government functionary to sign a paper and having an officiant of the secular community do the business of sealing the matrimonial deal.  

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The Morning Heresy 10/24/12: The Seeds of its Own Destruction

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 24, 2012

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CFI founder Paul Kurtz gets full obituaries in both the New York Times and the Washington Post

Prometheus Books, run by Kurtz's son, posts its official obituary. 

Herb Silverman pens his own memorial of Kurtz:

A true visionary, he gave meaning, substance, and a philosophical grounding to the importance of advancing ideas of reason and science over religion. He will be remembered as a significant, and perhaps the most significant, force in the second half of the 20th century in support of secular humanism and living a good life without religion.

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A Tribute to Paul Kurtz, Secular Philosopher

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 23, 2012

His organization of the secular movement won't be soon forgotten. His organization of a positive philosophy to replace religion won't be forgotten by the ages.

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Skepcook: Grape Tomatoes and Basil Salad

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 23, 2012

This healthy, delightful little salad was inspired by Italian pesto, which the Skepcook learned to make on a trip to Genoa, the home of pesto. (Thanks to Massimo Polidoro and the other great skeptics of CICAP, the Comitato Italiano per il Controllo elle Affermazioni sul Paranormale, for inviting me.)

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The Morning Heresy 10/23/12: One of “Those” Atheists

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 23, 2012

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Reports and remembrances of Paul Kurtz, CFI's founder who died this weekend at the age of 86, continue to stream in throughout the web.

Carolyn Thompson at AP tells the story of Kurtz's life and work.

Robert Evans at Reuters writes that Kurtz "devoted his life to fighting prejudice against people who reject belief in a god and promoting a non-religious stance in life," and notes that CFI has "spawned a movement" that has spread globally. 

Ed Brayton: "You would be hard pressed to find anyone who did more to advance secular humanism, atheism and skepticism over the last century."

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The Morning Heresy 10/22/12: The Tree of Life

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 22, 2012

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CFI is mourning the passing of our founder, Paul Kurtz, who died Saturday at the age of 86. We have a comprehensive obituary here, which gives a lot of detail on his work and incalculable impact on secularism, humanism, and skepticism. I actually have never met the man, being a relatively recent hire for CFI, and working remotely from home, but I still feel the loss, and I am enormously grateful for the movements he helped ignite and philosophical foundations he helped lay down -- from which I and many others benefit today.

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Paul Kurtz - a Personal Reflection

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
October 22, 2012

Our movement has lost a titan. Paul Kurtz died at his home in Amherst, New York, on October 20, 2012. Among his legacies are a vast treasury of books and articles, an independent publishing house that has continued to thrive in an environment deeply corrosive of such institutions, and of course the Center for Inquiry, the world's foremost humanist and skeptical organization.

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Memories of Paul Kurtz

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 21, 2012

I heard with a heavy heart that CFI founder Paul Kurtz has died...

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The Morning Heresy 10/19/12: Now Pork-Free!

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

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CFI's Michael De Dora heralds the news that a bloc of Islamic nations is dropping is efforts to lobby the UN to adopt binding blasphemy laws, but cautions:

. . . concerned secularists should not sit back and relax. As evidenced in the Center for Inquiry's new report "Dissent Denied," many countries around the world simply international agreements and have in place blasphemy laws that punish innocent people for victimless crimes. But also, the OIC has signaled that, instead of pushing for a blasphemy ban, it will appeal to member states to apply hate speech laws to criticism of religion. 

Speaking of free expression, Michael joined the panel on HuffPost Live to talk about Twitter's recent censoring of a neo-Nazi group in Germany.

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