Amplitude of Primordial Density Fluctuations

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 26, 2015

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

Hey look! CNN asked me to write about new poll numbers showing some positive trends for the electorate's attitude toward atheists. So I did! I said, in part:

As for being the least-electable group in the survey, nonbelievers have finally moved up a rung. Now claiming the space at the bottom of this particular barrel are socialists, with half of all voters ruling them out entirely. Sen. Bernie Sanders will have his work cut out for him. ... 

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EOTUS: Exorcist of the United States

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 25, 2015

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

The California Assembly is voting TODAY on nixing belief-exemptions for vaccinations. If you're a resident of that enormous state, contact your representative now.

Our pals at Centre for Inquiry Canada (which operates independently from us) get a seat on Canada's Office of Religious Freedom's advisory committee. Nice.

Bobby Jindal is officially in the 2016 presidential race! Stop laughing.

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We’re Above Such Things

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 24, 2015

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69% of Americans say that in order to be "truly American," you must believe in God. American Christians, especially White Protestants, really think that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S. too, so things must be so confusing.

The Forecast the Facts petition for getting the media to stop calling science-deniers "skeptics" is almost at its 30,000-signature goal. Go help put it over the top

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Divine Diapers

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 23, 2015

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We couldn't wait to get this out to you: Richard Dawkins sat down with Josh Zepps for a live-audience edition of Point of Inquiry at Reason for Change, and we've got the episode up now

Also in podcast news, President Obama goes to Marc Maron's garage for WTF, and the president calls his mom "the last great secular humanist" (hmm), and declares, "I believe in reason. I believe in facts." 

Media Matters talks to New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan about the skeptics vs. deniers discussion, citing the statement by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry which spawned this discussion. 

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Cartoon: The Search

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 22, 2015

 

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Caveat Sucker

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 22, 2015

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I was off on Friday, but Heretical duties were taken up by Stef McGraw and Peter Wood, who did a great job filling in. (Stef made the mistake of telling me that she likes doing the Heresy when I'm off work, hehehe.) Thank you both!

Holy moly, this Michigan state legislator, Todd Courser, is so scared of same-sex marriage that he's introduced a bill that would require clergy to solemnize all marriages, removing any civil authority. His motivations are totally secular, though (ha ha kidding): 

I believe that the traditional marriage is really God’s model for marriage. ... The contract that has been in place for thousands of years is between a man and his wife on one side and God on the other side. 

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A “Commandery” Ghost Story

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 19, 2015

In which I use the principle of Occam's Razor to deduce the identity of a mysterious ghost photo taken at a war museum

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Leave the Science to the Religious and Political Leaders

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 19, 2015

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Today's guest Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw, with the help of CFI Outreach intern Peter Wood. I don't remember where Paul is so I'm just going to assume that he's preparing to announce his candidacy in the Republican presidential race.      

I'll follow Paul's lead on this and not go for any jokes, because there really aren't any. The man who killed 9 people in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday is being held, and his anti-black views that motivated this horrific act are pretty clear.

CFI released a statement on the Charleston shooting, making it clear that religious differences do not justify acts of violence and terror, and we stand firmly against those who deny our common humanity.

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Prove Those People Wrong, Heroically

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 18, 2015

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

You already know the terrible news, an act of grotesque terrorism: A white man slaughters 9 people in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Post and Courier reports, horrifyingly:

Church members at Emanuel AME were gathered for a prayer meeting when gunfire erupted in the 19th century building. A female survivor told family members that the gunman initially sat down in the church for a bit before standing up and opening fire, according to Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP. The gunman reportedly told the woman he was letting her live so she could tell everyone else what happened, Scott said. 

I'll be honest, I'm not quite sure how to pull off the whole wise-ass news blog thing when things like this happen, and they seem to keep happening. I guess I'll play it by ear. Bear with me. 

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Letter to my Daughter, who is not a “distraction”

by David R. Koepsell
June 17, 2015

Dear Amelia, this world will challenge you, and there are those in it who will try to hold you back. Don't let them.

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