The Morning Heresy 10/11/12: Ladybugs’ Picnic Day

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 11, 2012

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I declare today Ladybugs' Picnic Day. Why? Sing it with me!

One-two-three, four-five-six, seven-eight-nine...(and today's date!) 10-11-12!!! Get it???

Sunshine State News chronicles the tit for tat over Florida's Amendment 8, which would allow state money to fund religious institutions, and is a reaction to the Council for Secular Humanism's lawsuit against the funding of proselytizing prison programs in the state. So obviously, we're against it

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The Morning Heresy 10/10/12: Unaffiliate This!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 10, 2012

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Holy moly, did the media get excited about the rise of the so-called "nones" yesterday! Honestly, the new numbers from Pew showing that a fifth of Americans eschew religious affiliation surprised almost everyone. In a press release yesterday, our boss Ron Lindsay talked about how this bodes well for policy and culture in the long run as religion loses ever more of its influence.

CNN's The Situation Room checked in with Ron to talk about the political implications of this new data. 

ABC News picks up our release, and includes some political implications, including the possible election to the US Congress of Arizona nontheist Krysten Sinema.

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Some thoughts on the Nones

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
October 09, 2012

A couple thoughts on today's survey from the Pew Research Center that shows one in five Americans are unaffiliated with any religious tradition.

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The Morning Heresy 10/9/12: Nones, Above

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 09, 2012

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Big news for us seculars today, as the Pew Forum releases an important new survey showing that the religiously unaffiliated, the "nones," are very much on the rise in the US. Now, this is not to say there's a huge uptick in self-described atheists, but those not bound to a particular religious tradition now make up one-fifth of the population -- 33 million people, with 13 million atheists and agnostics. 

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The Morning Heresy 10/8/12: Not a Complete Loser

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

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I spent the weekend representing CFI at the Religion Newswriters Conference in Bethesda, MD, and I met a lot of very interesting people (journos and otherwise) and made some really valuable connections. (Some of those connections are now new readers of the Heresy, so to all those new eyeballs, welcome!) The pic in this post shows the folks from the "atheist corner" of the exhibitor hall, an unholy alliance of nontheist PR flaks: Myself, American Atheists' Teresa MacBain, SSA's Jesse Galef, SCA's Lauren Anderson Youngblood, and AHA's Brian Magee (photo taken by the charming Kimberly Winston). What a neat and utterly-damned bunch. 

Here's a little bit of the reportage from the conference that might interest all you heathens...

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The Morning Heresy 10/5/12: Have Your Newborn Stuck with Needles

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

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

We're doing another short Heresy today, folks, as I'm stationed here at the Religion Newswriters Conference in Bethesda, and I really should be, you know, representin'. Squeezed into my little corner of the exhibitor room are some of my heathen allies, Teresa MacBain from American Atheists, Jesse Galef from SSA, and Brian Magee from American Humanist Association. We're talking shop and shooting the breeze about the gadgets we brought. Now you know. On to the news!

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The Morning Heresy 10/4/12: Off the Record

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 04, 2012

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

It's is a quick one today, as your Morning Heretic is going to catch a plane to go see a bunch of reporters in a big hotel.

Tim Farley, jealous of the riches and glory that The Morning Heresy brings me, has begun his own daily product focused on news and tools of use to skeptics. Here's the Morning Toolbox.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty at NPR sees the 2012 campaign as less focused on candidates out-Godding each other

Jacob Sollum in Reason says Obama "pandered" to radical Muslims in his UN speech. I could not agree less

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How the West Was Civilized Despite Christianity

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 03, 2012

Yes, there’s a clash of civilizations. Before pondering some East-West clash, understand the war for the West first. 

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The Morning Heresy 10/3/12: Not Significant Enough to Mention

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 03, 2012

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CFI's Michael De Dora joins the panel on HuffPost Live to talk about the uproar over blasphemy

Washington Post chats with Mark Hatcher, a big part of our own African Americans for Humanism.  

CSM: Greek atheist arrested for blasphemy for his "Elder Pastitsios" Facebook page had his information provided to authorities by Facebook itself

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Secular Groups Release First Annual Report on Global Discrimination Against the Nonreligious

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
October 02, 2012

Five prominent secular groups -- the Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Association, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the Secular Coalition for America -- release a 45-page collaborative report titled, "2012 Report on Discrimination against Atheists, Humanists, and the Nonreligious."

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