The Morning Heresy 9/6/12: Splatform

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

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

Filed under Too Good to Be True: The godless Democratic Party platform gets re-god-ified during a messy, noisy floor vote - Hemant has a roundup. Interestingly, it was the delegation from Utah that fought the changes the hardest from the floor, though many protested merely the other "omission," that of support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

CFI boss Ron Lindsay shrugs, and looks for the silver lining.

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Reality Check: The Nod to God

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

So the Democrats inserted God into the party platform. What did we expect?

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Parsing the “God” Blunder

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
September 05, 2012

The blunder I have in mind isn't leaving God out of the 2012 Democratic platform. It's putting it back.

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The Morning Heresy 9/5/12: What’s with the Bald Knob?

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

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CNN's Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, talking about how faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention, highlight the party's godless faction:

Atheists want Democrats to show them a little love. Ever since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the Democrats have worked to remake the party’s secular image, elevating progressive religious voices and talking about issues as “values.” At the same time, America’s atheists – who skew mostly Democratic – have grown more outspoken about wanting the government to represent their values. . . . look for proudly secular Dems to push back against the party’s piety this week. 

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The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness

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

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The "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon is "dead." (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness.

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“The Science of Ghosts”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 04, 2012

I announce my latest book, The Science of Ghosts: Searching for Spirits of the Dead, from Prometheus Books. (It is the first of what I hope to make a series, the next being The Science of Miracles.)

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Change We Can Believe In Takes Time

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
August 31, 2012

This is a blog that I posted in January, 2010.  I thought it was worth reposting.

As Americans we are in a hurry. We don't have the patience to wait for delayed gratification. We grab and eat the first marshmallow instead of waiting for the second one. We are accustomed to having every dilemma, every problem solved in the space of an hour--which includes commercial breaks.

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The Morning Heresy 8/31/12: Marco Rubio Has Found You Wanting

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 31, 2012

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Invisible men were the theme of the Republican National Convention last night.

Most people will remember Clint Eastwood's invisible President Obama and, well, whatever the hell that was that happened there.

But more importantly for us, Florida senator Marco Rubio values another invisible man. Rubio has judged, and found a particular segment of us wanting in our Americanness.

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To the Future

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 30, 2012

To my descendants in the twenty-second century:

I thought I would post this brief sketch of the time in which I live, which otherwise will seem quite unfamiliar, perhaps incomprehensible, to you so far in the future. I wanted you to hear things from me, rather than from recordings of what we now call “the media,” lest you suspect that they were just kidding.

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The Morning Heresy 8/30/12: Swedish Space Ghost

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 30, 2012

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I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, "Master of the Noosphere," about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn't trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups' ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

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