Every Seed is an Abomination

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 21, 2014

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

SCOTUS grants an emergency request to stay the ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, roadblocking the reversal of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the Supremes decide on the issue themselves.

We've got an action alert out about a bill in Congress that would require the federal government to subsidize even those adoption agencies that discriminate based on religious opposition to, well, you name it. We write:

At its core, this bill places the adoption agency’s religious doctrines over the best interests of the child and the rights of prospective parents. This is not only a violation of basic moral principles, but of empirical evidence, which shows children benefit most from being in a loving home with two parents, regardless of their sexual orientation or technical marital status. 

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Tell That to My Quetzalcoatlus

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 20, 2014

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

It's getting harder and harder to make these Heresies lighthearted, folks. Bear with me as I try and find the right balance day by day. 

The Islamic State releases a video of one of its operatives beheading journalist James Foley, who'd been missing since 2012. (I have not watched the video, and likely will not.) As Hemant's headline painfully puts it: "Followers of the Religion of Peace Behead Another U.S. Journalist."        

Microsoft ends its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate coalition that lobbies for a number of right-wing causes, ostensibly over the group's resistance to renewable energy. It was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's stance on climate change that caused Apple to leave that group in 2009.

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Make Everybody Purple

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 19, 2014

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

CFI's Ed Beck, a former U.S. Marine, joins an important panel on HuffPost Live (with Point of Inquiry host Josh Zepps) discussing the unique challenges of humanists and atheists in the U.S. military

High profile Christians are under the growing impression that they are facing an internal "Babylonian" exile within the U.S. (more secularism, less hating on gays, etc.), and David Gibson reports how -- and you'll never believe this -- every prognosticator seems to think -- coincidentally -- that their own brand of Christianity is best equipped to survive the long haul. I know! It's crazy, the way these things shake out like that.

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“Death-Bed Conversion of Robert G. Ingersoll”

Access Points with Timothy Binga
August 18, 2014

The Ingersoll Conference occurred this past weekend here at CFI, and while I was preparing some display cases for the event, I re-discovered many interesting items that are part of our libraries’ collections. I also discovered some history about Ingersoll and his supposed conversion while on his death-bed back in 1899.

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Hair Samples: From Bigfoot or the Bigfoot Bear?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 18, 2014

The hirsute (hairy) man-beast known as Sasquatch—or, since 1958, more commonly called Bigfoot—is elusive indeed. Although wanted dead or alive, no such living creature has ever been found (notwithstanding Roger Patterson’s 1967 film of “Patty,” supposedly a Bigfoot with pendulous breasts but actually the common Bigsuit or Sasquatchus costumedus). Neither has a corpse been discovered (despite such hoaxes as the Minnesota Iceman, a carnival exhibit billed as a “Sasquatch—Safely Frozen in the Ice” but instead a specimen of S. latex).

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More of a Sidewalk Crack Than a Chasm

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 18, 2014

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

Just as there seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel, things take a dark turn in Ferguson last night. On Thursday, CFI issued an official statement on the events to that point. Our CEO Ron Lindsay offers additional personal observations emphasizing free expression and reliance on evidence over presumptions.

New York Times reports on how ISIS is forcing religious minorities to convert to Islam or die. 

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Three Observations on Ferguson

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 18, 2014

The first observation is one the Center for Inquiry has already made, and in its official capacity, but it bears repeating. Although we recognize that the police (and now, apparently, the National Guard), have an obligation to maintain public order, that obligation must be fulfilled in a manner consistent with respect for our fundamental freedoms, including the right to peacefully assemble and protest.

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The Myth of “The Media”

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 15, 2014

Blaming “the media” is not only vague writing and lazy thinking, but it is also ineffective. Here's why.

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God is Telling Us to Go to Commercial

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 14, 2014

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

Quick note: There will be no Morning Heresy tomorrow, and the blog will resume Monday.

The rights to free expression and a free press were put into grave question last night in Ferguson, MO. I honestly don't know how to handle this here in the Heresy, so I think I'll leave it at that for now and encourage you to read up.  

Indonesia's Supreme Court upholds the blasphemy sentence against atheist Alexander Aan (who has served his full sentence). 

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Some with Bewildered Looks

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 13, 2014

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

The Vatican calls upon world religions, particularly Muslims, to speak out against the violence and persecution perpetrated by ISIS:

All must be unanimous in condemning unequivocally these crimes and in denouncing the use of religion to justify them. If not, what credibility will religions, their followers and their leaders have?  

Speaking of ISIS, did you know that Hillary Clinton conspired to bring it to power? Apparently this is a thing now. 

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