The Right to Stay Away

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

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

Must-see: The HuffPost Live panel on fundamentalism in the military with Jim Parco, author of the CFI report on this issue, as well as Blake Page and Mikey Weinstein. 

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, does not see things the way we do:

We don't see agnosticism or atheism as being in need of defense in the same way persecuted religious minorities are. We speak of the right to worship and practice in peace, not the right to stay away from places of worship. 

The NYT comes down against FEMA grants to houses of worship on church-state separation grounds...

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Noah Nez, The Native Skeptic

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

I first heard about the Native Skeptic from Desiree Schell, the host of the Skeptically Speaking podcast. She mentioned a writer named Noah Nez who blogged about skepticism within the Native American community. He's been a columnist for the Skeptical Briefs ever since. 

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Something Just Clicked

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

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

CFI drops an important new position paper on the rise of rampant Christianism in the U.S. Military.

The report itself is authored by Jim Parco of Colorado College, formerly of the National Security Council under Clinton and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. You can read his forward to the report here. And if reading is a bummer to you, here are some bullets of key findings

A one-two punch of awesomeness from Kimberly Winston at RNS: First, she profiles "Samya," a young Middle Eastern woman who is fleeing Islam and the violent consequences of her apostasy.

Then, Winston looks at CFI-NYC's own efforts to support former or questioning Muslims with the program "Muslim-ish."

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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Bars Federally Funded Religious Discrimination

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 04, 2013

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which Congress approved last week, includes important language which prevents groups that receive federal funds from discriminating based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or gender identity. 

 

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“Dark Skies”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 04, 2013

Help! Alien beings are abducting us! At least that is the message of the movie Dark Skies (released in February 2013).

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Barack + Nessie 4eva

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

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

Margaret Talbot at the New Yorker on the internal views of the sex abuse crisis within in the Catholic Church:

What is distinctive is that Catholic officials can find a higher purpose—protecting the sanctity of the priesthood—in shielding abusers, and a spiritually rewarding humility in enduring criticism of their conduct. [Los Angeles cardinal] Mahony has been blogging about the public disparagement he has received, and he compares it to what Christ withstood, urging the faithful to join him in exploring what it is to “take up our cross daily and to follow Jesus—in rejection, in humiliation, and in personal attack.” But, unlike the criminal prosecution of perpetrators—or real Church reform—that doesn’t do much to help victims or to prevent abuse.

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland cops to "having engaged in unspecified sexual misbehavior" with priests. 

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You May Already Be a Winner

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 01, 2013

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

Fox 29 in Indiana talks to CFI-Indiana's Reba Boyd Wooden in a piece about the end of Ratzinger's reign

Danish Muslims organize to defend the freedom of speech of anti-Islamic writer Lars Hedegaard, who narrowly escaped assassination last month. Know hope.

The State Department's Esther Brimmer delivers remarks on the US's role on the UN Human Rights Council...

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Goodbye to an Evil Pope

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
February 28, 2013

We won't miss the Pope who used moral relativism to justify moral depravity. 

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Melrose Pope (Or, Pope Opera)

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

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A lot of local activism in the news today:

We have the public outing of South Jersey atheist activist Michael Cluff who was going to avow his nonbelief before a prayerful town council meeting, but was thwarted. 

Relatedly, a court in Kentucky defies the protests of a local atheist and reinstates prayers

And Lindsey Brackin is the lone person at a public meeting over the infamous Kountze High School religious banners to speak up for church-state separation. 

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The Neurons in the Corpus Credulous

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

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

Robert Evans at Reuters reports that the Human Rights Council at the UN gets a report from IHEU (collaborating with CFI) on the persecution of atheists around the world, and the criminalization of blasphemy.

University of Michigan student Monica Harmsen writes at the On Campus blog about how important the Women in Secularism conferences are to her:

I returned to my student group with a renewed passion for the Movement. I was keenly aware that there was so much left to do in order to make this country and this world a better place for nonbelievers, especially nonbelieving women and minorities. I wanted to become the kind of student leader who would make proud the secular women who came before me. I wanted to become the kind of activist who would help create a better world for the secular women to come. 

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