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The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 21, 2016

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

Women in Secularism 4 is just two days away, and we're bringing back the CFI Live website for coverage and analysis of the event as it happens, just like we did with the Reason Rally, although hopefully with less sweating. Bookmark centerforinquiry.live now and come back to it Friday!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit makes the Town of Greece SCOTUS decision even worse, by okaying the practice of lawmakers themselves being allowed to offer explicitly sectarian prayers at public meetings, to the exclusion of all others.

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Privacy, Surveillance, and Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 20, 2016

Stone's films convey his bluster and moral outrage, but often stop just short of really offering a sincere or nuanced discussion of his controversial topics, and 'Snowden' is like a civics teacher who can't or won't tackle alternate viewpoints or answer questions that might challenge the textbook's conventional wisdom.

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Misinterpreted as Marketing

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 20, 2016

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

Holy freaking crap: Pigeons can READ:

After narrowing down to the four brightest birds out of 18, over eight months of training, the advanced-class pigeons were taught to distinguish four-letter words from non-words...

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These Presidents Go To 11

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

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

Emma Green at The Atlantic has a fascinating interview with Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of Village Atheists, and they cover a lot of territory about atheist combativeness, the religious view of atheist women as "monsters," and more. 

The presidential polls have tightened, for some reason. Perhaps it's cosmic forces preordaining a Trump victory...

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Misperceive, Mischaracterize, and Misremember

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

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

Another quick one today, because oh, me-oh my-oh, goin' to CFI–Northeast Ohio, for their big biannual conference, where they're actually going to have me talk. Big mistake.

More interviews with CSICon speakers! CSICon's website is turning into like a Fresh Air for skeptics, and Susan Gerbic is Terry Gross! This time we have science communicator and biotech enthusiast Kevin Folta

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Pastor’s Anthem Enforcement Threat Goes Viral-But Is It Real?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 15, 2016

An Alabama pastor allegedly told a high school football game crowd that people who don't stand for the national anthem should be killed, according to news reports. But there's more to the story.

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Triumvirate of Delusion

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

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

Kimberly Winston reports on a University of Minnesota study that shows that atheists, while still really unpopular, are now slightly less disliked than Muslims. I do not feel at all good about this minor change in favorability. Also interesting, "nones" (the religiously unaffiliated as opposed to straight-up atheists) are mistrusted by 12 percent of Americans, and 40 percent of Americans says the rise in "nones" is "not a good thing."

Relatedly, Kelsey Dallas at Deseret News notes that the Democratic Party is becoming religiously-unaffiliated at a faster clip than the public at large....

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Stepping Back from Secular Movement Leadership, Lyz Liddell to Leave CFI

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
September 14, 2016

Lyz Liddell, who recently came on board to serve as CFI’s Vice President of Programming, has decided to step down for personal reasons unrelated to her position at CFI or the organization. 

Lyz explains her decision in the following statement...

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Fink’s Magic Oil: Secret of the Magic

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 14, 2016

Fink’s Magic Oil was a supposed cure for rheumatism, cholera, and numerous other ills, developed by Ohioan Henry George Greatrake Fink, an erstwhile Methodist minister who moved to Pittsburgh to reap a worldly fortune in the patent medicine business.

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Je n’ai pas besoin de ce vaccin!

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

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

ScienceDebate.org gets presidential candidates on the record with answers to a series of science policy questions. After a glance at some of the answers, it's pretty clear that Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the responses attributed to him. "He" brushes off climate change as something to be further "investigated," while Jill Stein calls it "the greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced," which is probably true. Stein is 100% against nuclear power, while Clinton and Trump offer it as part of an overall solution...

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