What’s Really at Stake in Zubik: “They Want to Prevent Contraception”

by Nicholas Little
March 24, 2016

It’s 2016. The year which holds the 47th anniversaries not only of my birth, but also of humanity’s first tentative steps onto soil not of this planet with the first lunar landing. And yesterday, on a beautiful spring day in DC, I spent the morning on the steps of the Supreme Court protesting in favor of access to birth control as the justices heard oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell.

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Secular humanism and secularization

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
March 24, 2016

Yesterday a member of the public asked me, "What could secular humanism have done to prevent today's slaughter in Brussels?" Here is how I answered:

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“Etiquette”

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 24, 2016

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

North Carolina, which is obviously trying very hard to win the race for "worst state," passes a horrid bill overturning LGBT protections, and requires transgender folks to use public bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex. Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the bill, tweeted:

I signed bipartisan legislation to stop the breach of basic privacy and etiquette, ensure privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms.

Wow, right? First of all, it's not a bipartisan bill, because Democrats in the state senate walked out in protest. And secondly..."etiquette"??? Like, denying people their rights is like using the correct fork with your salad? 

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Everybody Should Watch Out

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 23, 2016

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

After the Brussels attack, Ted Cruz wants to "empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." He means in the United States. I'm sure a constant, threatening police presence will prevent any radicalization that would otherwise have occurred. Trump, meanwhile, says, "Everybody should watch out." He may as well have just said, "BOO!"

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Peace in Our Time

by David R. Koepsell
March 22, 2016

Despite appearances otherwise, the number of ongoing wars and deaths due to conflict continues to decline. If we can avoid fear and its offshoots - authoritarianism, isolationism, and militarism, perhaps the spread of enlightenment values and increased prosperity and freedom will help to bring about the elusive peace civilization thrives in and which we desire.

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The Sad Reality

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 22, 2016

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

A terror attack in Brussels: Three explosions, two at the airport, one in a metro station, killing what looks to be a couple of dozen people, but it's early yet.

Remember to be skeptical of early reports, as On the Media reminds us in their breaking news guide.

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Pills!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 21, 2016

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Maria Konnikova was a recent guest on Point of Inquiry, talking about con artists. In The New Yorkershe applies her insight to Donald Trump:

If Trump were a con artist, he would be interested in politics only as a means to some other end...

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Historic “Gold Cure” for Addiction

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 18, 2016

In the latter nineteenth century, as temperance and prohibitionist sentiment flourished, quack cures for alcoholism began to be offered, beginning with the Keeley Double Gold Cure in 1890.

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Interbreeding and Whatnot

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 18, 2016

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

The Openly Secular campaign released its latest celebrity video, with rapper Killah Priest, interviewed by Mandisa Thomas. 

The Baptist Standard takes note of CFI's role in calling upon the State Department to label ISIS crimes as "genocide." 

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A Frustrating, Brutal, Overheated Existence

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 17, 2016

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

The Heresy is rather late today because of this:

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) applauded the decision today by Secretary of State John Kerry to declare that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shiites in Iraq and Syria.

We're the only skepto-atheist group to be part of a coalition that urged the administration and Congress to make this declaration. 

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