My Debate at the YPU: Religion Has No Place in Government

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 17, 2016

The Yale Political Union invited me and the Christian writer/scholar Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig to debate this topic: Resolved: Religion Should Have No Place in Government.

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Beautiful, Spiritual, Helpful, Controlling, Lucrative, Great Fun, or Simply Stupid

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

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

The theme for today is fakery, fake-ness, go ahead fake my day, fake my wife please, have your fake and eat it too, fake a penny leave a penny, John Fake-ob Jingleheimer Schmidt, fake me a cake as fast as you can, fake me when it's over, and virulent in-fake-tions.

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A Cabal of Vicious Zealots

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 16, 2016

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

Because of some news we're working on, this has to be super quick.

Ensaf Haidar, global activist and wife of imprisoned Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, writes to Donald Trump in Newsweek:

We must support those who, from within, challenge Islamic law and fight for freedom of speech, press, religion on a daily basis. Those brave young women and men like Raif. ... Let it also be your mission, President-elect Trump. I urge you to help me secure Raif’s release, as well as all prisoners of conscience around the world. 

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Bad People Will Be Stuck in a World Turned to Hell

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 15, 2016

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Today is Openly Secular Day, and I have to tell you, this is the time to make yourself known, folks. If you can, tell one person today

Larry Decker, chief of the Secular Coalition for America (of which CFI is a member) is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, talking with Josh Zepps about - what else? - the bloody election.

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A Skeptical Look at ‘Doctor Strange’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 14, 2016

'Doctor Strange' is a good superhero film, but I winced a bit when Strange, the symbolic man of medicine, rationality, and science, is beguiled by his new master.

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I Say it Right to the Camera

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

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

Tomorrow is Openly Secular Day, your chance to take the Tell One Person pledge, and if you're nearby, attend the Openly Secular Day flagship event with Julia Sweeney, Hemant Mehta, and Rebecca Markert in Madison, Wisconsin. 

White nationalist, conspiracy monger, and faux journalist Steve Bannon will be President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist. Trump's lead domestic policy advisor for the transition is Ken Blackwell, who believes you can convert the gays. Ben Carson, who has wacky ideas about evolution and what the pyramids were for, may be our next education secretary.

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Millions of People Will Suffer

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 11, 2016

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Eddie Tabash, Chair of CFI's Board of Directors, and a man who could crush your bones just by looking at you askance, tells the CFI community that in a Trump presidency, "We will face the greatest threats to our freedoms and our values that many of us have ever seen..."

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People Do Not Go On To Do Good Things When They Are Scared

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 10, 2016

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

Kimberly Winston at RNS takes a first look at the implications of a Trump presidency on the freethought movement. She gets some thoughts from assorted secular groups' leaders, oh, and me too:

Paul Fidalgo, director of communications for the Center for Inquiry, said the election of Trump will send the organization back to its roots — the promotion of evidence-based reasoning and provable facts. “It is time for the secular community to gear up big-time because we should expect, once again, the basic tenets of secularism are going to be challenged very, very hard,” Fidalgo said. “That is the reality.”

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On Trump

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 09, 2016

A few notes and corrections about Trump's election, in the hopes I may offer some insight, if not reassurance.

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The Question Christians Must Now Ask Themselves

by Nicholas Little
November 09, 2016

Christian groups will get much that they want from the upcoming regime; their coffers will be protected from taxation, they will receive taxpayer funds to proselytize, their business-owning members will likely be permitted to refuse service to LGBT people. Yet at what cost?

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