Find Two Rules to Get Rid Of

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 05, 2016

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

A little good news: It looks like the Russell Amendment, which would have allowed religiously-based discrimination by federal contractors, has died in conference. We dance on its grave:

“This is an even more important victory than it might seem,” said De Dora. “The incoming administration is being staffed by figures who enthusiastically endorse discriminatory measures like this one, and those being pushed through statehouses across the country. It is imperative that we build widespread resistance today so that we are better prepared to defend the secular nature of our government against the assaults of tomorrow.”

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The Magnitude of Suffering that Exists in the World

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 02, 2016

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

At the Arizona Daily Star, Gil Shapiro pens an op-ed on the threats to secularism posed by a Trump administration, and brings us in:

Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer and Chair of the Center for Inquiry, our nation’s leading secular think tank stated, “We are concerned that Christianity will be used as an excuse if not a weapon to limit and deny many Americans their Constitutional rights.” 

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Careful the Spell You Cast

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 01, 2016

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

As many of us feared, anti-vaxxers have been emboldened by Trump's victory, particularly their quack pseudo-prophet, Andrew Wakefield, who apparently got to meet with Trump during the campaign, and who told STAT:

For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry. ... He didn’t rely upon [drug makers] to get him elected. And he’s a man who seems to speak his mind and act accordingly. 

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This Wallowing Notion of Freedom

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 30, 2016

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

Well, they got me. My Quote of the Day yesterday was premised on a fake Trump tweet, and I feel really stupid. The fake, it is everywhere. My apologies.

NONETHELESS, CFI has officially come out in opposition to the REAL tweet in which Trump called for the criminalization of flag burning. CFI president Ron Lindsay:

If America stands for anything, it is the fundamental human right to free speech, which includes the right to express dissent and criticism of one’s own government... 

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Stagecoach Tavern Ghosts

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 29, 2016

Where my travels take me, I often have occasion to check out a “haunted” tavern or inn. In several months’ time in 2015–2016, for example, I visited two such places in Australia, others in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Vancouver’s Gastown, and Niagara Falls, NY, and then in June 2016, the Tavern on Main in Chepachet, RI.

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We Are Not in the Fourteenth Century

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 29, 2016

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

Today is Giving Tuesday, which you probably already know due to the emails piling up in your inbox from do-gooder nonprofits like us. But make no mistake, the incoming administration is not one that is friendly to things like science, reason, facts, or free expression. We're ready to take it on, so come and join us

At a time when millions are nostalgic for an America that probably never was, the Point of Inquiry team thought it would be a good time to rebroadcast a 2013 interview with conservative political humorist PJ O'Rourke

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Let Him Be Struck with Palsy and All His Members Blasted

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 28, 2016

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

Has your life been empty over the past week? Did you feel like your soul had been sucked into a swirling vortex of nothingness? You'd probably presume that's because there was no Morning Heresy all last week. But now we're back, and oh look, that swirling vortex is still there. Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.

OMG there's so much stuff to catch up on.

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Unco Junto:  The Nature and Appeal of Authenticity

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 22, 2016

Much of Donald Trump's appeal is based upon his percieved authenticity, as it is for many actors, writers, musicians, and performers. We all play different roles for different people, so what is "authenticity," why is it prized, and is it even possible? 

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Old English Black Oil Liniment

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 22, 2016

“Black Oil” is an old English name for a horse liniment. It eventually came to be sold in America as “a never failing Remedy for Man and Beast.”

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Mother Gray’s Sweet Powders

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 18, 2016

LeRoy, New York, has many claims to fame—apart from the mysterious twitching outbreak I investigated for Skeptical Inquirer in 2012. It was the birthplace of Jell-O in 1897 (the museum is well worth seeing) as well as something called Mother Gray’s Sweet Powders for Children, among other products.

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