The Morning Heresy 11/8/12: Behold the New Jerusalem

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

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

We have a lot more election news, now that folks have had a day to digest, think, sleep, and, you know, write their stories. 

Greta Christina: "In this election, secular values won big-time." Even the less-than-sunny Jacques Berlinerblau says, "Today, secularism should feel just swell."

Kimberly Winston on the atheist congressional switcheroo: Pete Stark defeated, Kyrsten Sinema is in. 

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: A Man (and a Film) for the Ages

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 07, 2012

It's easy to forget, when in a high school history class or reading a textbook, that the founders of our country were real people. We know them for their achievements, the highlights of history and thumbnail sketches. Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in a storm while planning to open the first post office and work on French diplomacy. George Washington crossing the Delaware river and defying the British. According to noted historian Sarah Palin, Paul Revere famously rode his horse by night to warn the British that they would not be taking away American's right to bear arms.

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Florida’s Amendment 8 Soundly Defeated

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
November 07, 2012

Florida's Amendment 8 ballot initiative, which would have eliminated the state constitution's provision prohibiting state funding of religious or sectarian organizations, was soundly defeated at the polls. Only 44 percent of voters approved the initiative, which required a 60 percent vote for passage -- this despite enthusiastic and open-handed support by the Roman Catholic Church. Opponents of the measure included the Florida Education Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and a spectrum of both secular and pro-education organizations. If Amendment 8 passed, it would likely have rendered moot Council for Secular Humanism v. McNeil, our lawsuit (ongoing since 2007) challenging state contracts with explicitly sectarian religious charities.

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The Morning Heresy 11/7/12: The Smell of a Socialist Utopia

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 07, 2012

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

Four more years it is. Beyond all the enormous political implications of last night's remarkable victory for the president, it's also important to note for our constituency that it was math, not wishful thinking or conspiracies, that most accurately reflected the actual outcome. 

Pete Stark, the only avowed nontheist in Congress, is defeated by his fellow-Democratic challenger. 

Meanwhile, there remains the prospect that Congress will not be entirely atheist-free, as Kyrsten Sinema holds on to a slim lead in Arizona. 

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The Morning Heresy 11/6/12: The Burden Falls on Us to Act

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 06, 2012

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

Did you vote yet? No? Go ahead. I'll wait.

Good job.

Yes, it's Election Day in the USA! My baby daughter was so excited about it that she got me up at 4am, and as you can see here, right out of the gate my own son is committing voter fraud.

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HORROR-SCOPE FOR SKEPTICS

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 06, 2012

This incorporates the very latest in astro-illogical forecasting by Nickell-o the Seer.

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It’s Time to Represent: Election Day for America’s Seculars and Skeptics

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 05, 2012

Until literally days ago, the political establishment had decided that you don’t matter. Allow me, if you will, to relate an anecdote that I think is relevant to tomorrow’s electoral finish line.

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The Morning Heresy 10/5/12: King Arthur…From SPAAAAACE!!!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 05, 2012

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

Former CFIer Julia Burke is in the news today for the best reason possible: Going out of her way to help people. Julia's eschewed the NYC marathon before it was cancelled, and opted instead to run to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Her astounding awesomeness is covered in The Buffalo NewsFriendly Atheist, and Skepchicks

Joe Nickell tells the tale of a racoon, a raft, and a "Viking funeral" in Skeptical Briefs.

DC in Detroit has a hyper-exhaustive write-up of her experiences (and award-winning costume of a blood-weeping Virgin Mary) at CSICon. 

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The Morning Heresy 11/2/12: No One Takes This Stuff Seriously

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 02, 2012

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

And just like that, with a handful of days to go, the reality of climate change entered the campaign. It looked like we were about to endure another Storm of Doom without a serious discussion of its connections to global warming, but yesterday New York mayor Mike Bloomberg ("of no party or clique," as it were) endorsed President Obama primarily because he does not deny the reality of climate change and the fact that human beings bear responsibility.

Alongside Bloomberg the man, Bloomberg the magazine splashed across its cover, "It's Global Warming, Stupid.

Important: Center for American Progress publishes a report on courting the "None" vote

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Religious War has been declared by the Religious Right

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 01, 2012

Historians won't overlook the late hours of this 2012 election when they estimate when a new religious war began in America.  

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