It Shouldn’t Be a Surprise

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2017

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Hurricane Harvey is called "an 800-year event," pounding Texas, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes, with rainfall measured in feet rather than inches. FEMA's William Long said, "We have not seen an event like this. You could not draw this forecast up. You could not dream this forecast up." The onslaught will continue into this week, with the city of Houston (which I didn't know was the country's 4th-largest city) looking at several years of recovery ahead of it. 

Here are ways you can donate to help with relief efforts. 

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H. David Sox (1936–2016)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 25, 2017

H. David Sox—a onetime advocate for the Shroud of Turin who was later persuaded it was a fake and went on to delve into other art forgeries—has died. He and I knew each other only slightly but respected each other’s work, and I am deeply saddened by his loss.

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Are You Nuts or Just Plane Dumb

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 25, 2017

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I admit that I felt (feel) a sense of panic over the white supremacists in Charlottesville and the response of the president. So I needed to talk to someone smarter than me about it, someone wiser, an expert in humanism, and with a sexy British accent. Lo and behold, I bring you the latest episode of Point of Inquiryin which I talk to (and am counseled by) James Croft of the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

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Embittered Punitive Nitpicking

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 24, 2017

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CFI and our legal director Nick Little are front and center in this Deseret News piece by Kelsey Dallas. She reports on our community's efforts to be included in the process of policymaking, particularly regarding religion and international religious freedom. "We will stand with coalitions and groups defending Christians around the world," said Nick, "and it's also important that the U.S. opposes atheists being threatened." 

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And In the Darkness Bind Them

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 23, 2017

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At ThinkProgress, Jack Jenkins takes a historical view of the rise in white supremacist noise and the spine-chilling acquiescence of many political evangelicals, explaining that Christian nationalism has always been a part of politics, and is a harbinger of worse things to come.

Emma Green at The Atlantic says that not all of the president's evangelical advisers are on board, but struggle with whether they can do more good by keeping close...

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You Can Never Leave

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 22, 2017

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Did you see the eclipse? I didn't. Hoax. Fake news. Alt-clipse.

Bigfoot and Lizardman were apparently excited about the eclipse, and I have to assume they weren't smart enough not to stare directly at it. Like some others.

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None of Us Will Spontaneously Combust

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 21, 2017

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Trying to plug another hole in the wall of separation, CFI is leading a coalition of secularist groups in petitioning the Supreme Court, urging it to take up a case by the American Humanist Association in which the Fifth Circuit decided that prayers were just fine at public school board meetings. Come on.

Trump disbands the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. He's not going to listen to them anyway.

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She Seems to Have an Invisible Touch (Yeah)

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 18, 2017

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As you are no doubt aware, in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, terrorists plowed cars into bystanders (not unlike the Nazi behind the wheel in Charlottesville), killing at least 14 people. Four men connected to the Barcelona attack are in detention, with one on the loose, and all five of those in the Cambrils attack were shot dead by police. The attacks were clearly at least inspired by the encouragement of ISIS, but it's not clear whether these were planned specifically by ISIS.

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“An Inconvenient Sequel”:  A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 17, 2017

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006)—his powerful documentary on global warming—justly helped earn him the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007. Now comes his An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, an engrossing presentation of power-point slides and video footage that updates the dynamics of planetary weather change.

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Injecting Your Soul with Poison

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 17, 2017

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Today in Nazis: The Daily Stormer returns to the web, this time under a Russian domain. Also kicked off Facebook, the publication moved its social media presence to something called VK, also from Russia. 

Like, Russia remembers Operation Barbarossa, right? Nazis? Wanted to use Russians as slave labor? Ring a bell? Nazis aren't your friends, comrades.

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