My Latest: “American Hauntings”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 15, 2015

Co-authored by Robert E. Bartholomew, a world expert on panics and hysterias, is our American Hauntings: The True Stories behind Hollywood’s Scariest Movies—from The Exorcist to The Conjuring.

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A Bit Like a Bad Blog Post

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 15, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

New Horizons is a huge freaking success. Alice Bowman, the operations manager says, "The spacecraft was happy." 

President Obama tweets that "Pluto just had its first visitor!" John Podesta, known UFO enthusiast (let's say), counters:

.@POTUS: how can you be sure this was Pluto's first visitor? #justasking

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Kuiper Belt Object of Our Affection

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 14, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Hello, Pluto! NASA's New Horizon does its flyby of the coolest Kuiper Belt object, like, ever. 

Mark Oppenheimer profiles the doings of one of the most amusing and odd aspects of the religious freedom debates of recent years: Those wacky Satanists

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“It Is Said That . . .”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 13, 2015

Yawn. Another ghost book, long on mostly unattributed anecdotes and short on anything resembling evidence.

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Universal Ham Sandwich Coverage

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 13, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

The previous two weeks had much win in them. Get the full scoop in Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter

Nick Little, our legal director, has a great blog post on why states' Blaine Amendments are so important, regardless of their origins:

If a religious organization accepts state money, it should play by the same rules as everyone else. A secular humanist should not have to pay taxes to fund a rehabilitation facility claiming that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way out of addiction. Similarly, a Catholic should not have to fund a fundamentalist Baptist school which teaches that the Pope is the antichrist. And a Jewish citizen should not have to pay taxes which fund an Islamic counseling center. 

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Why Blaine Amendments Must Be Defended

by Nicholas Little
July 10, 2015

It’s been almost two weeks since the Supreme Court decided the Obergefell case, and extended marriage equality across the nation. In that two weeks, there has been remarkably little smiting of America by a vengeful God. Either he is busy with other things, or he wasn’t overly upset by the decision after all.

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Doctors, Attorneys, and Candlestick Makers

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 10, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

We've got our first closeup picture of Pluto and its partner-in-gravity Charon. Beautiful. 

Bonya Rafida Ahmed, who survived the attack by Islamists in Bangladesh that took her husband Avijit Roy, denies reports that she identified any suspects in the murder, and says none of the Bangladeshi authorities have contacted her at all since May. 

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Excruciating Detail

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 09, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Both houses of Congress are debating the the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and we need to you to tell them to keep vouchers, which cripple public education to find private religious schools, out of the picture. Actually, both houses rejected voucher amendments last night! Thank you to those who reached out!

In revelations that will surprise no one, it is discovered that ExxonMobile knew that global warming was happening as early as 1981, and yet has spent more than $30 million on efforts to deny it. (This seems relevant to this topic.)

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Usually a Parasite

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 08, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

We got our win on vaccines in California, but a bill for end-of-life options has stalled in the State Assembly over fears of "suicide tourism" (what?!?!?) and, of course, religious pressure.

CFI, along with other organizations of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, write to Congress urging passage of the House resolution calling for the repeal of blasphemy laws worldwide. 

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Harmless to Ingest

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 07, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Today marks 10 years since the London terror attacks of 7/7. Relatedly, Amanda Hess looks at how young folks seem to really like 9/11 truther jokes

Ron Lindsay writes at Huffington Post that grappling with the ugly side of history is not as simple as taking down some flags; along with the symbols, we need to deal with the system:

Historical knowledge is, all other things being equal, a good thing, but as with other sources of knowledge, it is best to drink it in deeply. 

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