Threats to Religious Liberty: Real and Imagined

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 26, 2016

Religious liberty is under attack. A number of presidential candidates have made this claim, and it was one of the key issues in Thursday night’s Republican debate. One of the moderators, Hugh Hewitt of Salem Radio, even asserted that his worries about religious liberty keep him up at night.

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Natural Born Zodiac Killer

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

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

I'm still reeling from that GOP debate last night. I mean, holy buhjeezus what a spectacle. I just. I just don't even know. 

Oh wait, yes I do. Right after the debate, Trump speculated that the IRS was auditing him because "I'm a strong Christian." He really said that! Relatedly, Ben Radford is about to release a new book, Bad Clowns. SEE WHAT I DID THERE

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On What Claims are Permitted

by David R. Koepsell
February 25, 2016

Should we police our internal arguments in public or in social media for the sake of not revealing to our opponents our weaknesses, or shall we air all claims that are not outright lies given that doing so provides the best basis for their testing?

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A Cascade of Computations

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 25, 2016

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

The coming of the Depp to the Reason Rally is making news. Our evil plan is working.

Matthew Sheffield created NewsBusters, so I'm not exactly a fan, but at The American Conservative, he gets something very right: The right will have to contend with the fact that "nones" are the future:

In 2016 and beyond, Christian conservatives face a choice. They can embrace identity politics and become a small group of frustrated Christian nationalists who grow ever more resentful toward their fellow Americans, or they can embrace reality 

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Clarifying the Anti-Christ

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 24, 2016

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

So, no kidding, Johnny Depp is going to be at the Reason Rally. If he doesn't sing some Sweeney Todd selections I will be sad.

Larissa MacFarquhar is the guest on Point of Inquiry, talking to Lindsay Beyerstein about attitudes toward those who throw themselves into charity and volunteerism

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Reverend Peter Popoff: Still Unrepentant

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 23, 2016

I chanced upon an infomercial for the notorious Peter Popoff, televangelist and roving healer, on TLC (January 21, 2016), featuring a “Toronto Miracle Crusade.” For me it was dèjá vu once again.

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We Do Violence to Reality

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 23, 2016

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

Tamar Wilner at Newsweek reports on the ongoing, often maddening attempts to shut down "cancer quack" Stanislaw Burzynski, who compares his critics to Nazis who will face something akin to "Nuremberg trial."  

Ted Cruz's campaign falsely accuses Marco Rubio of saying that the Bible has "not many answers" in a video, which is quickly proven to be untrue. In the ensuing hubbub, Cruz's communications director Rick Tyler apologizes profusely to Rubio, and Cruz fires Tyler. The irony, of course, is that Rubio had said there were not a lot of answers in the Bible, he'd have been right.

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Lessons from a Middle School Bermuda Triangle Q&A

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 22, 2016

A Q&A session with a middle school class about the Bermuda Triangle offers an unexpected lesson.

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Cockfighting for Jesus

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

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

Ron Lindsay considers the benefits of meditation, and rebuts some of the positions of Sam Harris about the utility of the practice. 

We recently got a report from CFI–Uganda about the great work they're doing to celebrate reason, debunk superstitions, and educate on diseases such as HIV/AIDS.  

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On the Pursuit of Meditation: Buddha vs. Faust

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 21, 2016

Should we meditate? If so, to what extent? What benefits can we realistically expect from meditation? And what might we be sacrificing to engage in meditation? Is devoting a substantial amount of time to meditation ethically questionable?

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