Saltwater Cousins

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 19, 2016

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

Sarah Posner has a must-read at NYT on the stakes for evangelicals in the 2016 election, and their confused and wrought support for Trump: 

By hitching their wagon to Mr. Trump, religious-right leaders are also tying their fortunes to the alt-right, the predominant movement supportive of, and bolstered by, the Trump campaign. As a largely secular movement, though, the alt-right not only is uninterested in the religious right’s concerns, it also threatens to eclipse the religious right within the Republican Party. And it’s a movement simmering with racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.   

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Something to Do with Obama

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

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

It's a Radfordpalooza! A clownucopia! Ben Radford brings his scary clown expertise back in-house as the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry.

In Skeptical Inquirer, Matt Nisbet considers whether labeling GMO foods might actually have the effect of normalizing them, rather than seeming like some spooky "franken-food."

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They Might Have Honked

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

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

After the Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton, their first endorsement of a Democrat in over a century, the paper is deluged with harassment and death threats. The paper's president, Mi-Ai Parrish, responds with admirable resolve.

In a surprisingly huge climate agreement, 170 countries sign on to significantly cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which is used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

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700,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 14, 2016

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

Through what is now the Secular Rescue program, CFI helped Bangladeshi secular writer Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, better known as Tutul, get the heck out of there when he was targeted for death. That was great. Now, he's the winner of the 2016 PEN International Writer of Courage award. That is also really great. 

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Evil God Challenge: The Movie

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
October 13, 2016

A new animated video asks: If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn’t belief in a good God?

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An Amazing Bastardization

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 13, 2016

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

Is there a difference between religious freedom and religious liberty? Stephanie Russell-Kraft at Religion Dispatches explains that to religious conservatives, the answer is hell yes: "Liberty is the language of exemption," she writes, showing how the word has deep associations among the religious with Christianity as the nation's moral center.

Ruth Graham at Slate looks at the next generation of pro-life activists, and here's a thing: a lot of them are secular...

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On Varieties of Knowing

by David R. Koepsell
October 12, 2016

How can the humanities aid the sciences in understanding our world and experiences? Does scientific realism suffice, or are other means useful for exploring the universe and understanding human experience? An upcoming seminar seeks to explore this question at CFI-Los Angeles in November.

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‘But…but…it’s the best available explanation!’ Part 3

http://www.pixcove.com/tag/spaceship/

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
October 12, 2016

A final post on dodgy arguments to the best explanation. An amazing UFO encounter!

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Why Trump’s Voter Fraud Conspiracy Matters

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 12, 2016

Trump has trafficked in many conspiracy theories for years, but this latest is different. Here's why.

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“Magnetic” Medicines

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 12, 2016

Various “magnetic” balms, oils, and other products were common in America, especially during the nineteenth century and before the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 (effective January 1907). I have already discussed Prof. Long’s Magnetic Comb, which allegedly stopped falling hair and cured headaches (Nickell 2016). There were numerous magnetic gadgets, but here we look at “magnetic” medicines.

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