The Morning Heresy 8/15/12: Overly-Aggressive High-Fives

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 15, 2012

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CFI announced changes to its board of directors, including the addition of Elisabeth Cornwell, head of the US branch of the Dawkins Foundation. 

Michael De Dora, CFI's public policy director, contributes to the Skepchick series on hate directed against women, and aims his message at those who are rolling their eyes as they read this. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/14/12: Underwear and Toast

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 14, 2012

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American Atheists puts out new presidential-election-themed billboards featuring underwear and toast. CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes issue with the message they may be sending, focusing on the religions of the major party presidential candidates.

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Religious Beliefs and Politics

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 13, 2012

One of the explicit goals of CFI is to end the influence that religion has on public policy. Obviously, we are adamantly opposed to any politician who seeks to impose her/his religious views on other Americans. That said, not everyone who is religious is a theocrat, and religious beliefs, by themselves, do not disqualify someone for office. Under our Constitution they cannot.

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The Morning Heresy 8/13/12: Romney Feels Randy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 13, 2012

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Oh, hey guys!

I'm back from my two-week hiatus as we welcomes my new daughter into the world, Phoebe Helen Fidalgo, born July 27. Baby and mommy are doing fantastically, and daddy continues to do battle with the two-year-old boy Toby who, I should say, is really jazzed about his new baby sister (or, as he calls her, "my baby").

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The Morning Heresy 8/10/12: Getting NPawkwaRd with David Barton

by Cody Hashman
August 10, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Cody Hashman. Your regularly scheduled Morning Heresy with Paul Fidalgo will return on August 13th.

This is important: There is less than one week left to sign the petition the Center for Inquiry submitted to the White House to ask the President and the administration to publicly address the plight of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, as well as that of religious dissidents and nonbelievers in Indonesia.  

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Missouri Votes to Reap the Whirlwind

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 09, 2012

Missouri voters this week approved a benighted and mischievous “right to pray” amendment to the state’s Constitution. Amendment Two passed by 779,628 votes to 162,404, a thundering 5-to-1 margin!

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One week left to petition the White House to speak out for Alexander Aan

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 09, 2012

There is one week remaining on our petition to the White House to call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and free Alexander Aan. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/9/12: But my science textbook told me dragons were real!

by Stef McGraw
August 09, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Paul is away until August 13th. In the meantime, he's busy tweeting cute things his kids are saying and doing.

With the new Louisiana school voucher program that will use government money to put students in largely Christian private schools, don’t be surprised if they graduate believing that slave masters were nice guys and that dragons were real. I wish I were kidding.

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The Morning Heresy 8/8/12: Everyone, Eat Your Cheerios!

by Cody Hashman
August 08, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Cody Hashman. Paul is out on a vision quest to find his chakras or spirit animal or something. It’s ok though, he is safe because I’m pretty sure he is wearing his power band. I might be wrong, though, because someone just told me he is tending to a newborn, which means I am mixing my dreams and reality again (dammit!). I have been assured he will be returning on August 13th.

In other Paul Fidalgo news, evidently, as an atheist, you don’t have to be angry at everything.

Paul writes:

But what I’ve come to realize, particularly as the humanist side of atheism has made me fuse it with my political and social justice interests (the latest Free Inquiry has a whole special section on this topic), that while I think their positions are philosophically and scientifically laughable, their places on the ideological spectrum are close enough to mine to consider them allies rather than enemies.

Reading that piece didn't make me mad, so perhaps there is merit to what Paul is saying.

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The Morning Heresy 8/7/12: Mars Attacks!

by Dren Asselmeier
August 07, 2012

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Today's morning heretics are Dren Asselmeier and Cody Hashman. Paul is out, I think to find himself through reading Kerouac and fly tying (or just enjoying the new addition to his family), and will be returning on August 13th.

Look out, Olympics, here come the mathletes to steal your thunder! I know we nerds at the Center for Inquiry were all excited to watch the landing of the Curiosity rover Sunday night. If you missed it, check NASA.gov to see the images, or read the articles from ReutersLos Angeles Times, or The Washington Post.

From Reuters:

Obama himself issued a statement hailing the Curiosity landing as "an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future…It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination."

Awesome!

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