The Vast Majority Simply Don’t Care

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 12, 2015

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Michelle Boorstein at the Washington Post looks to our own Ron Lindsay, as well as Sam Harris, to weigh in on the tension between atheism and Islam, in the wake of the horrific murders in Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Stoker Bruening at The New Republic aims a somewhat accusatory admonition at "New Atheists":

Because it is more critical of religion than introspective about its own moral commitments, it assumes there is broad agreement about what constitutes decency, common sense, and reason. Yet in doing so, New Atheism tends to simply baptize the opinions of young, educated white men as the obviously rational approach to complicated socio-political problems. Thus prejudice in its own ranks goes unnoticed. 

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Are Roy Moore’s Actions Illegal as Well as Immoral?

by Nicholas Little
February 11, 2015

Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on Sunday ordered Alabama state judges not to issue licenses to same sex couples in that state. Moore did not simply express disapproval for the federal ruling that mandates marriage equality in Alabama.

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The Capacity to Do Good

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 11, 2015

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Horror of horrors, as three young people in Chapel Hill, Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, all Muslim, are gunned down by a single monster of a human being. My heart is breaking as I type this for their friends and families. You will no doubt have heard that the alleged shooter at some point professed his support of "atheism" as some kind of cure-all for violence around the world, which is just stupid.

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Science Slams “Supplements”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2015

Like the snake-oil products of yesteryear, which ran afoul of the 1907 Food and Drug Act, today’s “herbal dietary supplements” were dealt a severe blow in New York state when the attorney general ordered four major, national retailers to stop selling such store-brand products. Concluded the state’s top lawman, Eric T. Schneiderman: “Misbranding, contamination and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risk to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”

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You Can Be On the Toast

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

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Like me, you may be a soulless slab of animated meat. If you're not sure, check out the latest Point of Inquiry, where Josh Zepps talks to Julien Musolino, who wants us all to let go of the idea of the existence of a soul. 

Highly recommended today, CFI-Los Angeles's Jim Underdown picks apart a reading by fake-psychic Rebecca Rosen to show just how arbitrary her "powers" are (and it's a nice little bit of comeuppance after their meeting on the Dr. Phil show in 2012). 

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Breed at Will and Abuse the Planet

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

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

First things first: Catch up on the previous fortnight of CFI activity with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter.  

Now this is unexpected: Reportedly, Prince Charles intends to intervene on behalf of Raif Badawi when he visits with the Saudi royal family, something by all accounts President Obama wouldnot do. (This is all oddly ironic, given our usual feelings toward Charles as a major proponent of alt-med.) 

Here, activists act out a mock-flogging to protest the treatment of Badawi.

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The ‘no punching down’ case against satirising Islam

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
February 08, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo affair, there was a lot of ‘I am for free speech but…' talk and finger wagging directed at those who would continue to satirise Islam. It was suggested satire should always 'punch up not punch down'. But is that true?

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Lest We Get On Our High Horse

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 06, 2015

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Did you get your sticker yet? Sign up at the Keep Health Care Safe and Secular website, and get your two free "Vaccinate" stickers. If you put one on your bumper, it might inoculate you against Rob Schneider. Because what are viruses good at? MAKIN' COP-PEEEES!

Meanwhile, legislators in California are looking to end the personal-belief exemption for parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids. 

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He Doesn’t Look a Day Over 199

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 05, 2015

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What's the best possible way to spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated? Stickers, of course! So as part of our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign, we're offering a FREE sticker saying "Protect yourself. Protect others. Vaccinate." to everyone who wants one. And just because we're nice people, we're throwing in a second sticker for you to give to a friend. Check it out, get your pro-vaccine propaganda, drive Jenny McCarthy nuts, and help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter, and heck, why not, on Google+ too. 

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One Ring to Fool Them All

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 04, 2015

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There's been some clarification on various politicians' beliefs about vaccines. Some thought the bit about the president in 2008 talking about the (fictional) vaccine-autism link was taken out of context. I don't think so. Here's what he said:

We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.

Now, I thought it was obvious that the "This person included" was referring to someone who was not him, someone who had that belief...

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