Hair Samples: From Bigfoot or the Bigfoot Bear?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 18, 2014

The hirsute (hairy) man-beast known as Sasquatch—or, since 1958, more commonly called Bigfoot—is elusive indeed. Although wanted dead or alive, no such living creature has ever been found (notwithstanding Roger Patterson’s 1967 film of “Patty,” supposedly a Bigfoot with pendulous breasts but actually the common Bigsuit or Sasquatchus costumedus). Neither has a corpse been discovered (despite such hoaxes as the Minnesota Iceman, a carnival exhibit billed as a “Sasquatch—Safely Frozen in the Ice” but instead a specimen of S. latex).

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More of a Sidewalk Crack Than a Chasm

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 18, 2014

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Just as there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel, things take a dark turn in Ferguson last night. On Thursday, CFI issued an official statement on the events to that point. Our CEO Ron Lindsay offers additional personal observations emphasizing free expression and reliance on evidence over presumptions.

New York Times reports on how ISIS is forcing religious minorities to convert to Islam or die. 

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Three Observations on Ferguson

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 18, 2014

The first observation is one the Center for Inquiry has already made, and in its official capacity, but it bears repeating. Although we recognize that the police (and now, apparently, the National Guard), have an obligation to maintain public order, that obligation must be fulfilled in a manner consistent with respect for our fundamental freedoms, including the right to peacefully assemble and protest.

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The Myth of “The Media”

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 15, 2014

Blaming “the media” is not only vague writing and lazy thinking, but it is also ineffective. Here's why.

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God is Telling Us to Go to Commercial

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 14, 2014

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

Quick note: There will be no Morning Heresy tomorrow, and the blog will resume Monday.

The rights to free expression and a free press were put into grave question last night in Ferguson, MO. I honestly don't know how to handle this here in the Heresy, so I think I'll leave it at that for now and encourage you to read up.  

Indonesia's Supreme Court upholds the blasphemy sentence against atheist Alexander Aan (who has served his full sentence). 

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Some with Bewildered Looks

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 13, 2014

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The Vatican calls upon world religions, particularly Muslims, to speak out against the violence and persecution perpetrated by ISIS:

All must be unanimous in condemning unequivocally these crimes and in denouncing the use of religion to justify them. If not, what credibility will religions, their followers and their leaders have?  

Speaking of ISIS, did you know that Hillary Clinton conspired to bring it to power? Apparently this is a thing now. 

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Neurons in a Doughnut

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 12, 2014

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

Robin Williams died yesterday, apparently by suicide, at age 63. I posted my immediate thoughts here

Though not explicitly within the skepto-atheist wheelhouse, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri has major implications for free expression and assembly. Here's a good, succinct look at why

Point of Inquiry this week has a fascinating discussion on how rational people could have allowed World War I, 100 years after its start, with MIT historian Christopher Capozzola. 

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Slender Man’s Cousin from Seattle

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 11, 2014

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Zoe Williams at The Guardian has her eyes opened at the World Humanist Congress about the dire need for secularism around the world. Bangladesh's persecuted atheist bloggers receive Free Expression Awards at the Congress. Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka addressed the conference, arguing that moderate religious leaders are "vicariously liable" for the atrocities of extremists like Boko Haram.

The Vancouver Pride Parade is infiltrated by some anti-gay jerk who insidiously slipped in by disguising himself as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Bobby Henderson, the deity's originator, disavows the "douche." 

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Death is Just One of the Many Side Effects

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 08, 2014

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Yesterday we had great news about the judgment in our Secular Celebrant case in Indiana being finalized, but we incorrectly said that the state had decided not to appeal. Wrong, they has actually decided not to try and delay the decision, meaning that the law is officially changed now, which is huge, but the state could still request an appeal within 90 days. Chalk it up to miscommunication between well-meaning colleagues and confusion over legal terminology, but we felt very bad for giving folks the wrong information. The news itself is still fantastic, and it's a moment to celebrate. But we're CFI, and facts and the truth are a big deal to us. We always want to correct what's incorrect, even if we look a little dumb as a result. We're sorry for getting that wrong. A new statement will go up today that will have all the correct info. Thanks for bearing with us.

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This Kobayashi Maru Scenario

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 07, 2014

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Brian Pellot previews the World Humanist Congress, and says, "Some of the greatest advocates for these rights I’ve met in the past year have been non-religious groups, a good example being the Center for Inquiry."

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