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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From Dr. Who to Mr. Spock: The Perfect Humanist Day

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 06, 2012

For the third time that day, I was among people who had a deep appreciation for science, reason, and humanity in a way that did not invoke anything supernatural to gain that appreciation. We humans made that art, that child, and that spaceship. People took the risks associated with those creations and accepted those consequences.

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From London to Mars: Moving Forward with Science

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 06, 2012

Promoting science is part of CFI’s mission. Presumably, most people reading this post do not need to be persuaded of the worth of this objective. Nonetheless, two recent events underscore just how marvelous a tool science is.

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Children Can’t Choose Their Religion, But Judges Can Do It For Them

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 06, 2012

There is no legal impartiality when a judge imposes a religious stance in court decisions.

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The Morning Heresy: 8/6/12: Let’s just call Missouri and North Carolina “alternative.”

by Stef McGraw
August 06, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Supposedly Paul's still out being a good dad or something, but I'm guessing he just wants to watch the Olympics all day. Regardless of what he's really doing, he will return 8/13.

A post at JREF discusses the effect that certain terminology can have on how people view alternative medicine. Sounds “integrative.”

Speaking of alt medicine and terminology: With the British government cracking down on homeopathy being sold as legitimate, tested medicine, one company responds with a rather creative, yet self-incriminating, solution:

“If necessary we could revise the manufacturing method, the labelling of the bottles and kit box to present them as non-medicines and non-homeopathic and market them as 'confectionery'.”

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
August 03, 2012

As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

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The Morning Heresy 8/3/12: Chick-fil-A Madness!

by Tony Lakey
August 03, 2012

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Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern, Tony Lakey. Paul is still out spending time with his family. He will return 8/13.

Jim Underdown, Executive Director of CFI-Los Angelesis featured in Surly Amy’s “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” series.

Eugenie Scott discusses the National Center for Science Education’s decision to cover climate change as well as evolution in public education:

The similarity we see between the pressures that teachers receive about teaching evolution and pressures that teachers feel about teaching climate change ultimately go back to the fact that people hold strong ideologies that influence their willingness to accept information.

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Doomsday—Yet Again!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 02, 2012

As we approach the proclaimed end of the world—actually, just the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21—many credulous people are in distress. But I am reminded of a folk song (“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”), whose refrain asks sadly, “Oh when will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”

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The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you

by Dren Asselmeier
August 02, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and will be returning on August 13th.

Chick-fil-A has been in the news recently for their president's comments regarding his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation. The comments have spawned an internet storm of people saying that they won't eat there, that they will eat there and feel guilty, or that they don't care. More recently, some people who agree that same-sex marriage, you know, makes baby Jesus cry, have decided to promote an Appreciation Day. Today, I read All Alabama's (al.com) report:

Those who oppose Cathy's remarks, have ask supporters to donate the cost of a meal, about $6.50, to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ... GLAAD is supporting a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," encouraging same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide Friday and hold a kiss-in. They are also asking those participating to post photos of the kisses.

Once all of the kissing and chicken appreciation is over, I hope we can just go back to agreeing that people who don't eat fast food are better than those who do.

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