Recent Entries by Dren Asselmeier

The Morning Heresy 8/7/12: Mars Attacks!

August 07, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Today’s morning heretics are Dren Asselmeier and Cody Hashman. Paul is out, I think to find himself through reading Kerouac and fly tying (or just enjoying the new addition to his family), and will be returning on August 13th.

Look out, Olympics, here come the mathletes to steal your thunder! I know we nerds at the Center for Inquiry were all excited to watch the landing of the Curiosity rover Sunday night. If you missed it, check to see the images, or read the articles from ReutersLos Angeles Times, or The Washington Post.

From Reuters:

Obama himself issued a statement hailing the Curiosity landing as “an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future…It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.”



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The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you

August 02, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Today’s morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and will be returning on August 13th.

Chick-fil-A has been in the news recently for their president’s comments regarding his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation. The comments have spawned an internet storm of people saying that they won’t eat there, that they will eat there and feel guilty, or that they don’t care. More recently, some people who agree that same-sex marriage, you know, makes baby Jesus cry, have decided to promote an Appreciation Day. Today, I read All Alabama’s ( report:

Those who oppose Cathy’s remarks, have ask supporters to donate the cost of a meal, about $6.50, to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ... GLAAD is supporting a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” encouraging same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide Friday and hold a kiss-in. They are also asking those participating to post photos of the kisses.

Once all of the kissing and chicken appreciation is over, I hope we can just go back to agreeing that people who don’t eat fast food are better than those who do.

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The Morning Heresy 7/31/12: Barry Karr Speaks

July 31, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Today’s Morning Heretic is Dren Asselmeier, the master of portmanteau. Paul is out on family leave due to the birth of his second child and will be returning August 13th. Until then, you’ll just have to settle for the B-list seculebrity writers like me. 

Executive Director of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, and our favorite AOL user, Barry Karr was the interviewee on Skepchick recently in one iteration of the series “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” by Surly Amy. Barry said:

As skeptics, we are used to debating issues, sometimes vigorously. There is nothing wrong with making your points and engaging in the healthy give and take of constructive dialogue, sharing of facts, ideas and opinions. However there is nothing constructive in the personal attacks and vindictiveness that has come to dominate parts of the skeptical and humanist blogosphere of late. More importantly I find totally reprehensible statements advocating violence, rape and even death directed towards women.

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Potentially the Smackdown of the Year

July 27, 2012

Edward Tabash weighs in on the anti-gay remarks recently made by Chuck Norris.

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CFI On Campus: 2012 Spring Review

May 30, 2012

Center for Inquiry, Council for Secular Humanism, and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry have participated in many regional and national events this spring. Here is a summary to let everyone know what we’ve been up to.

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Rita Swan and Protecting Children from Religious Exemptions

March 09, 2012

Last weekend, I had a chance to hear about the advocacy work of Dr. Rita Swan. She gave a talk at the Moving Secularism Forward Conference, and I want to share what I learned because protecting children is a concern we should all have as secular humanists, and as decent human beings.

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CFI On Campus Updates

February 16, 2012

Dren Asselmeier gives updates on CFI On Campus affiliates.

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This Week’s Good News

February 08, 2012

Dren Asselmeier reviews the drama between Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, as well as the recent ruling on Proposition 8.

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I Stand with Planned Parenthood

February 01, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood has used that funding to provide nearly 170,000 breast exams.

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Indiana Senate Hates Science, Loves Jesus

January 26, 2012

Anti-evolution/pro-creationism bills are popping up in 2012. 

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