Succor Punch

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 09, 2016

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You may have heard of the problem where Facebook seems to be targeting posts and pages from secularists and progressive Muslims for takedown when anything having to do with Islam is criticized. On Point of Inquiry this week, Josh Zepps focuses on the issue with guest Faisal Saeed Al Mutar.

So this McMullin guy who apparently deserves mass media attention because he's I guess running for president. Maggie Haberman at NYT notes the one aspect of his candidacy that actually could have an impact: His religion...

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Unco Junto-  Art’s Obligation to Truth: The Case of ‘Wild Thing’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
August 08, 2016

A controversial poem about a controversial racial attack in New York City turned out to be wrong. Does art (or poetry specifically) have an obligation to truth? 

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The Type Who Walk into Traffic

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 08, 2016

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

I don't follow the Olympics, but I do stare at Twitter for unhealthy lengths of time, so I do know two things: Team USA swims real good, and somehow the pseudoscientific alt-med practice of cupping has become a thing with some of the athletes. Mark Oppenheimer tweets:

if, like the Olympians, you're cupping, are you 3 clicks from homeopathy? and are you worried about microwaves? 

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Messy, Fractious, Contextual Relationships

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 05, 2016

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Idaho is going to take a hard look at its "faith-healing" exemptions, which let parents not provide their kids with actual medical care if it conflicts with religious beliefs. Ada County Prosecutor Jean Fisher says, "I don't think the rights of the parents should so supersede the rights of a child." I don't either.

Three crisis pregnancy centers (fake abortion counseling clinics that pressure and proselytize to women) are warned by the Los Angeles City Attorney to follow the law or be fined.

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No Bugs Go to Heaven

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 04, 2016

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

We have a new action alert, where we need you to tell Congress to support the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, which will correct the military records of those discharged from the military under Don't Ask Don't Tell. 

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina thinks that disaster relief isn't nearly as important as his state's anti-LGBT "bathroom bill," so $500,000 have been moved from disaster relief to the legal defense of bigotry. Good thing natural disasters never happen in North Carolina. 

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Aura Friction

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 03, 2016

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

So much good stuff today. The DNC accepts the resignations of staffers involved in the leaked emails that included the suggestion by CFO Brad Marshall to use atheism as a way to attack Bernie Sanders. If you recall, we asked for Marshall to step down, and while I'm not saying this is all our doing, I will at least pretend it was. 

In the run-up to our big fall conferences, Women in Secularism 4 and CSICon Las Vegas, I interviewed a woman who will be speaking at both, one of my favorite skeptic writers, Kavin Senapathy. She had so much smart stuff to say! Here's one thing she said about the overlap of secularism and skepticism...

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Stupid Is

by David R. Koepsell
August 02, 2016

Max Boot’s editorial in today’s New York Times makes the case that the overall trend of American anti-intellectualism, noted by many for centuries, and coming to a head in the 20th and 21st centuries, is to blame for some current political candidates, especially one he calls an “ignoramus.” The title of the piece is “How The ‘Stupid Party’ created Donald Trump.” Trump-lovers and some on the left may be offended by such language, tarring a segment of the population as “stupid” and using “ableist” language. But we should come to grips with the fact that stupidity exists, even among the allegedly intelligent, and that it should be avoided, even as we try to educate everyone in order to decrease stupid behaviors

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A Marginal Constituency

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 02, 2016

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

Just under 100 days to go before the election, and the conspiracies are in full swing. Donald Trump believes that the election will be rigged against him, which conveniently means that he wins no matter what happens, and also happens to be what he thought happened in 2012 too.

Trump backers are accusing Khizr Khan as being an agent of the Muslim brotherhood, and the late Captain Humayun Khan of having been a "double-agent" for Al Qaeda. Of course, right? Of course.

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Red Hot Pointy Things

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 01, 2016

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You almost certainly are already aware of Trump's public battle with Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan. Do give a read to Ghazala's op-ed in the Post on Trump's attempt to take a whack at them for seeming to him to be subservient:

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family. 

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Jason Bourne Is Back

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass about a decade after their film The Bourne Supremacy. By this time they're both old pros, which is both good and bad: good because the learning curve is behind them and bad because they seem on autopilot for Jason Bourne, and the end result isn't so much bad as it is stale.

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