Conga Lines for Xenu

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 29, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on vacation. Today's guest Heretic is Ed Beck.)

For swindling citizens there, a Quebec “clairvoyant medium” has been charged with fraud—and sorcery. 

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“Incorruptible” Corpse of St. Cecilia

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 28, 2014

Reputedly, Cecilia (or Cecily) was a member of a noble Roman family who—having been forced into marriage—persuaded her new husband, Valerian, to respect her holy vow of virginity. Legends say he was himself converted to Christianity by a vision of his wife’s guardian angel. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music and musicians, and is represented as such in many paintings, including one by Raphael (1843–1520). The designation came about because, it was said, while organs played at her wedding, “she sang in her heart” to Christ (Coulson 1958, 107, 114). She is commonly depicted playing a flute, harp, or other instrument, especially an organ (see accompanying picture postcard, ca. 1915, author’s collection).

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But he’s really serious about converting to Islam

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The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on vacation, or at least that's the rumor he's been spreading. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry has announced that it is presenting the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking to Dr. Paul Offit. For those unfamiliar, not only has his vaccinology and immunology work saved countless lives, but he's taken to fighting against the alternative medicine movement with his book Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine. 

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A Multi-Billion Dollar Inculcation Machine

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 27, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on "vacation." Today's guest Heretic is Lauren Becker.)

The Primaries are over and we now have atheists on the ballot in two very-red states

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We’re Hurtling Through Space Right Now

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The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 26, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on vacation, or at least that's the rumor he's spreading. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)  

Get out your tie-dye shirts, everyone. The Council for Secular Humanism's American Freethought documentary series will be screened at the 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.

 

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You Have Creatures That Aren’t Human

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 25, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on vacation. Today's guest Heretic is Lauren Becker.)  

When you care enough to send the very best... Oh, wait. We don't care that much. BYU bookstore accidentally stocks greeting cards celebrating same-sex weddings.

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Disputed Wafers

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 22, 2014

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

This is important, oh my tens of readers: Next week, your Morning Heretic (me, Paul) is taking the week off, BUT FEAR NOT. In my stead, my colleagues Lauren Becker (director of marketing), Stef McGraw (campus and community organizer) and Ed Beck (no idea), will keep the blog going, as they have so ably done during my previous disappearances. Be nice to them.

The Town of Greece, NY releases a new policy for who can and cannot deliver prayers and invocation at town council meetings, and we at CFI think it looks pretty exclusionary of the nonreligious

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Every Seed is an Abomination

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 21, 2014

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

SCOTUS grants an emergency request to stay the ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, roadblocking the reversal of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the Supremes decide on the issue themselves.

We've got an action alert out about a bill in Congress that would require the federal government to subsidize even those adoption agencies that discriminate based on religious opposition to, well, you name it. We write:

At its core, this bill places the adoption agency’s religious doctrines over the best interests of the child and the rights of prospective parents. This is not only a violation of basic moral principles, but of empirical evidence, which shows children benefit most from being in a loving home with two parents, regardless of their sexual orientation or technical marital status. 

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Tell That to My Quetzalcoatlus

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 20, 2014

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

It's getting harder and harder to make these Heresies lighthearted, folks. Bear with me as I try and find the right balance day by day. 

The Islamic State releases a video of one of its operatives beheading journalist James Foley, who'd been missing since 2012. (I have not watched the video, and likely will not.) As Hemant's headline painfully puts it: "Followers of the Religion of Peace Behead Another U.S. Journalist."        

Microsoft ends its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate coalition that lobbies for a number of right-wing causes, ostensibly over the group's resistance to renewable energy. It was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's stance on climate change that caused Apple to leave that group in 2009.

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Make Everybody Purple

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 19, 2014

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

CFI's Ed Beck, a former U.S. Marine, joins an important panel on HuffPost Live (with Point of Inquiry host Josh Zepps) discussing the unique challenges of humanists and atheists in the U.S. military

High profile Christians are under the growing impression that they are facing an internal "Babylonian" exile within the U.S. (more secularism, less hating on gays, etc.), and David Gibson reports how -- and you'll never believe this -- every prognosticator seems to think -- coincidentally -- that their own brand of Christianity is best equipped to survive the long haul. I know! It's crazy, the way these things shake out like that.

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