Creation Was an Inside Job

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 06, 2013

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

Jaweed Kaleem at HuffPo: The FBI will now formally be tracking hate crimes against a bevy of minority religious groups, including Sikhs, Hindus, and yes, atheists. 

Make way for the chairman of the board! No, not Frank, but CFI's chair Eddie Tabash giving his address on the future of atheism to Atheists United in April.

The ACLU tries to put the brakes on the merger of secular hospitals with Catholic ones

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Participating in a Brazilian Panel on Science Journalism and Skepticism

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 05, 2013

Last July I was invited to São Paulo, Brazil, to speak on a panel about skepticism and the state of science journalism sponsored by Folha do Sao Paulo, the city's largest newspaper.

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Nobody Goes to Heaven

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 05, 2013

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

Yesterday, CFI's Geneva U.N. representative Elizabeth O'Casey delivered a powerful condemnation of "honor killings" and the governments that allow them:

We can no longer stand by and watch this horrific violence against women go unpunished. This barbaric practice is justified on cultural and religious grounds. We must not allow such grounds to be used to legitimize or excuse such an abhorrent abuse of a woman’s right to life, her right to equality, her right to freedom, or her right to dignity. 

Italian humanist organization UAAR launches a new campaign on how one can "live well without D" as in the "D" in "Dio" or God. The press release is in Italian, but you can always run it through the magical Google machine. 

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The Hell Liberation Front

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 04, 2013

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

Buffalo News covers yesterday's pride parade, where CFI was ably and enthusiastically represented

Yesterday we lost New Jersey's Sen. Frank Lautenberg at age 89. Americans United pays tribute to his church-state record. 

You know what CFI's stuffy old headquarters needs? A bunch of you dang KIDS running around. <shakes fist> Dig the new website for this year's Student Leadership Conference

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Shroud—Further Update

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 03, 2013

Just in time for Easter 2013 (as readers may recall), a new book claimed recent tests proved that the Turin “shroud” was not medieval, as carbon-14 tests had shown, but instead dated from the first century. The Archbishop of Turin, however, dismissed the results, because the fibers tested could not be authenticated as having actually come from the shroud. (As I pointed out in my blog of March 28, the tests were highly doubtful in any case.) Also, the new pope, Francis I, revealingly referred to the cloth as an “icon” (i.e., a work of art) rather than “relic” (which it would be, in Catholic parlance, if it had actually wrapped the corpse of Jesus).

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Now, I’m Not an Atheist, But I Play One on TV

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 03, 2013

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

Massimo Pigliucci notes CFI's opposition to Rep. Lamar Smith's transparent attempts to gut science funding, and gives a little credence to Smith's "guidelines" in the abstract. 

John F. Burns at NYT on the grief and angst over the broad daylight slaying of Lee Rigby in London by Islamic extremists. 

Recovering from Religion launches the Hotline Project, a way for folks with religious doubts to find someone to talk to about it. 

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Nothing Short of an Ice Age Can Stop It

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 31, 2013

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Somehow, Americans United got Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele to sing and pelvic-thrust at each other in the name of secularism. I think the rest of us can all go home now. 

Kyle Hill returns with his "Reductio ad Absurdum" column to explore how the world would work if homeopathy were not complete nonsense:

When homeopathy works, when a pool could “know” precisely who peed in it, current technology like memory-foam has nothing on memory-water. 

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Infomercial King Kevin Trudeau Recycles ‘The Secret’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 30, 2013

Kevin Trudeau, convicted felon and infomercial king, has made millions claiming to reveal important medical and dietary information kept secret by a conspiracy between the medical establishment and big drug companies. His most recent venture rips off the New Age best-seller The Secret.

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Instagramming Atoms

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 30, 2013

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Kimberly Winston reports on the legacy of (and the efforts to resurrect the legacy of) Robert Ingersoll, with commentary from our own Tom Flynn and friend-of-the-blog Jamila Bey. Says Winston:

Ingersoll had the intellect of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens and the crowd appeal of Daily Show host Jon Stewart — or their 19th-century embodiments. 

The more you know (cue streaming sparkly star graphic): The Economist reminds us what the heck the difference is between Sunni and Shia Muslims, because, you know, it's important...

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Hulk Transubstantiate!!!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 29, 2013

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In the Wall Street JournalAyaan Hirsi Ali demands a hard look at the connection between violence done in the name of Islam and moderates' defenses of "real Islam":

The question requiring an answer at this moment in history is clear: Which group of leaders really speaks for Islam? The officially approved spokesmen for the "Muslim community"? Or the manic street preachers of political Islam, who indoctrinate, encourage and train the killers—and then bless their bloodshed? . . . It is time [moderate leaders] came up with more credible talking points. Their communities have a serious problem. 

The LA Times wants religious freedom to be a factor in the U.S.'s international relations...

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