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

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

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

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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

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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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The Morning Heresy 10/2/12: Look on in Horror

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

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The Campaign for Free Expression is on. See the website, watch the goosebump-inducing video, follow @CFICFE, and get involved. Here's the press release announcing the launch.

Well, this surprises me. Supermajority of Danes support the country's blasphemy law. 

Jonathan Zimmerman opines at the Philadelphia Inquirer that as Americans "look on in horror" at reactions to blasphemy around the world, "we should also confess the sins of our own past."

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The Morning Heresy 10/1/12: Cause the Greatest Offense

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 01, 2012

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Today, CFI is launching the Campaign for Free Expression, aimed at awakening the world to the assault on free speech being waged in the name of religious sensitivity, and on behalf of those who have been and are being persecuted for speaking their minds about religion, timed to begin following yesterday's International Blasphemy Rights Day (See CFI president Ron Lindsay's post on IBRD here).

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