They don’t make movies like they used to

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

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

Today's Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw. I don't know where Paul is, so I'm speculating that the Trump campaign might be trying snatch him away from us—I hear they might need someone with public relations skills.

This past Friday was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and CFI once again took on a leading roleWe got some good press, and we got Bill Donohue on our case, though some would argue that Bill Donohue's disapproval is just as good as anyone's endorsement.

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I’m a Monster Hunter, Basically

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 30, 2016

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

I'm a little behind schedule here because 1) It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, 2) we just launched the big-deal Secular Rescue program to save people's lives, 3) we had a matching gift that we blew past last night which is freaking amazing, and 4) Free Inquiry is running the "blasphemous" cartoon that got Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar arrested and then shot, in support of the right to free expression.

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Make Your Face Boil

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 29, 2016

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

Day four of our "blasphemy week" action items is here, and it's time to take action. See what you can do to make a difference

I was delighted yesterday by two, yes two, Christian news outlets for two very different reasons. First, Rev. Mark Woods of Christian Today wrote in strong support of blasphemy rights and International Blasphemy Rights Day...

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Dimming the Paulding Light

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 28, 2016

Having investigated on site in North Carolina the famous Brown Mountain Lights mystery (Nickell 2016), I have learned more about another example of the ghost lights phenomenon (of which there are several): The Paulding Light of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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The Fear is Not There

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 28, 2016

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

Today in the week's run-up to International Blasphemy Rights Day, we're asking you to spread the word, share what you know and what you feel is important about the fight for free expression. The Gospel Herald reports on our efforts.

The head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemns the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, saying, "This crime constitutes a grave attack on freedom of expression and affects Jordanian society as a whole." 

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Establishment Claus is Coming to Town

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 27, 2016

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

Well, that was exciting! Now this isn't a roundup of general politics news of course, but I can tell you that Donald Trump denied that he denied the reality of climate change, and there was confusion as to whether his staff was deleting tweets in which he denied it (they weren't), and then later said that global warming was not a major crisis. He also continued to spin his ever-evolving tale of his role in birtherism conspiracy mongering, but nothing new there, other than perhaps being notable for its brazenness...

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The Folly of “Liberal” Religion

by David R. Koepsell
September 26, 2016

When a religion is based upon inerrant, revealed text having divine authority, attempts to liberalize them by disregarding certain elements of divine law will, over time, undo that religion entirely leaving the only alternative to be humanism.

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Ugh

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 26, 2016

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

CFI is the freight train of freethought, I tell ya. This past weekend we held a very moving, evocative, and inspiring Women in Secularism 4 conference, one of those "trust me, you wish you'd been there" kind of events. I did my best to give a sense of what was happening at CFI Live, so go check it out now

And THIS week, we're all-in on defending dissent, because International Blasphemy Rights Day is this Friday. So starting today and every day this week, we're giving you a little something to do to help make an impact in the struggle for free expression (with some badass memes), culminating in a big announcement on Friday. Come back every day this week to the Campaign for Free Expression.

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Another Whopper

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 23, 2016

In an earlier article, I detailed my examination—conducted for National Geographic Wild’s TV show, Monster Fish—of an old photograph of a humongous catfish. It proved not to be a fake photo, but rather a genuine photo of a faked scene. (See the Jan./Feb. 2015 Skeptical Inquirer for my “Monster Catfish,” pp. 20–22.). Here is another whopper, from a vintage postcard I am just adding to my collection. Take a look.

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Your Brain in a Fridge

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 22, 2016

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

I'm hopping on another plane today for yet another conference, this time it's the long-awaited Women in Secularism 4, where once again we'll be running the CFI Live blog to cover it all as it happens. Bookmark it! Do it!

Kimberly Winston at RNS reports on new data from PRRI which tells us something which confirms what you probably already thought: The rise of the nones is not primarily a result of some unhappy experiences relating to religion, or because of the anti-progressive bent of faiths. They just stopped believing in it...

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