Blog Archives for August 2012

Change We Can Believe In Takes Time

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
August 31, 2012

This is a blog that I posted in January, 2010.  I thought it was worth reposting.

As Americans we are in a hurry. We don't have the patience to wait for delayed gratification. We grab and eat the first marshmallow instead of waiting for the second one. We are accustomed to having every dilemma, every problem solved in the space of an hour--which includes commercial breaks.

The Morning Heresy 8/31/12: Marco Rubio Has Found You Wanting

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 31, 2012

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

Invisible men were the theme of the Republican National Convention last night.

Most people will remember Clint Eastwood's invisible President Obama and, well, whatever the hell that was that happened there.

But more importantly for us, Florida senator Marco Rubio values another invisible man. Rubio has judged, and found a particular segment of us wanting in our Americanness.

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To the Future

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 30, 2012

To my descendants in the twenty-second century:

I thought I would post this brief sketch of the time in which I live, which otherwise will seem quite unfamiliar, perhaps incomprehensible, to you so far in the future. I wanted you to hear things from me, rather than from recordings of what we now call “the media,” lest you suspect that they were just kidding.

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The Morning Heresy 8/30/12: Swedish Space Ghost

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 30, 2012

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

I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, "Master of the Noosphere," about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn't trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups' ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

Anthony Pratkanis Has a Bridge in Brooklyn He’d Like to Stop You from Buying

Guest Blog from Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
August 29, 2012

His students have known him as “Master of the Noosphere,” but we know him as Anthony Pratkanis, a world-renowned expert on persuasion and influence and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Prof. Pratkanis will be among the incredible team of speakers at CSICon in Nashville this October, and CFI’s Paul Fidalgo talked to him about what led him to the main topic of his presentation at CSICon: how and why we get bamboozled by con artists.

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‘Violence Against Women Act’ stalled over Inhuman Politics

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 29, 2012

While conventions fiddle around, human rights go unprotected.

The Morning Heresy 8/29/12: Bibles Left Unthumped

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 29, 2012

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

Did you watch any of the GOP convention last night? I sure did. I have thoughts about it, of course, but one thing relevant to this blog is how little I heard from the theocratic wing of the party. Very little, at least from the main speakers, about God or Jesus or what have you. Indeed, I only heard Mormonism mentioned once, by Ann Romney about her courtship with Mitt. Even Santorum was light on the fire and brimstone (but, shall we say, heavy-handed). Mike Huckabee comes on tonight, so, we may see some Bibles thumped yet. 

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Atheist Will Give Tulsa Council “Prayer”

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 29, 2012

The good news: the Tulsa, Oklahoma, city council will have its opening invocation given by an atheist in place of the usual prayer by some community cleric. The bad news?

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“ParaNorman”  (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 28, 2012

The new animated movie, ParaNorman, is rated PG, meaning “Parental Guidance suggested.” However, I would recommend a different rating: RIP.

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The Morning Heresy 8/28/12: Adam Curry Breaks My Heart

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2012

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

Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Athiesm+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing.

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Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

The Morning Heresy 8/27/12: The Impossible Wrongness

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 27, 2012

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

After a week or so of all-Atheism+-all-the-time, CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes a step back and a deep breath, giving a careful, reasoned look at this burgeoning idea.

Check out HuffPost Live today at 1pm EST to see Ron join the panel to talk about doing good without God in everyday life.  

Is Moby a CFI fan? Kinda looks that way

Some Observations About Atheism Plus

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 27, 2012

WARNING: This post contains mild language, constructive criticism, occasional reasoning, and no invective (except by way of parody).

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A Concise Review of a Clump of Matter

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 25, 2012

Just read the book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality. It is a clump of matter. The author, Alex Rosenberg, assures it is. Further, as a clump of matter it cannot be about anything, because “one clump of matter can’t be about another clump of matter,” and clumps of matter (or more precisely, fermions and bosons) are all there is (emphasis in original).

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The Morning Heresy 8/24/12: Steve Jobs the Half-Yak

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 24, 2012

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

Cardinal Dolan will be delivering the concluding benediction at next week's Republican National Convention (a convention I fully intend to be live-tweeting with glee and horror). This prompts Sarah Posner to say, "the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] has unequivocally attached itself at the hip to the Republican Party." (Or, as Balloon Juice's John Cole puts it, "The Separation of Church and State. Oh, F*** It.")

The Atlantic profiles Dr. Harvey Karp, the media-star pediatrician (whose videos and books my wife and I have been learning from) -- why do I link it here? Dig it, and sigh heavily:

Readers’ early complaints about The Happiest Toddler . . . concerned its purported assault on creationism. “His references to monkeys/­apes and the human race [are] not for this Christian family,” wrote one BarnesandNoble.com reviewer. Karp caved. The “charming chimp-child” and “knee-high Neander­thal” have been purged from later editions of the book, as have all references to Homo habilis, the “missing link,” and, in short, the entire Karpian ontological toddler schema.

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The Morning Heresy 8/23/12: Lonely Rick Warren

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 23, 2012

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

James Croft gives what I think is a refreshing review of what the heck it is we mean by "humanism," and being reminded, I like it very much indeed. 

At Friendly Atheist, I review the candidates' paeans to faithiness in Cathedral Age, which I compare to the 2008 ring-kissing of Rick Warren by Obama and McCain.

Coincidentally! Obama and Romney this time around have declined to take part in a Rick Warren ego-inflation event, and Warren is pretending that he was the one who called it off because he's so disappointed with the tone of the campaign. Oh, Rick. Rick, Rick, Rick. 

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What Is Religious Humanism—Really?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 23, 2012

There's been a flurry of interest in the idea of "Atheism-Plus" or "A+" -- atheism that incorporates a strong values component. Essentially it's secular humanism by another name, except that some advocates broaden it to include a specific, usually left-progressive, ideological agenda that secular humanism welcomes but does not demand. As such ideas often do, the A+ debate has spawned a spin-off debate over the meaning of other terms, including that perennial puzzler "What is Humanism?" At his "Temple of the Future" blog, James Croft of Harvard's humanist chaplaincy offers a definition of humanism that in many ways is quite good (http://www.templeofthefuture.net/uncategorized/what-humanism-is-and-isnt). This post is sure to be widely quoted, so I think it's important to note the one thing Croft got, in my view, spectacularly wrong.

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The Nuns vs. Ryan: The Futility of Basing Public Policy on Religion

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 22, 2012

An instructive reminder of the futility of trying to base public policy on religious doctrine is the current dispute between some politically progressive Catholics and Paul Ryan and his supporters regarding who is more faithful to Catholic teachings. 

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One Month After ‘Batman’ Massacre, Still No Evidence of Film Influence

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 22, 2012

A month ago, shortly after a shooter in Colorado attacked a premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote a piece addressing the then-circulating question of whether or not the shooter's massacre was inspired by the Batman film. Many readers suggested that my blog was too quick to dismiss the link, based on little information; a month later, what does the evidence show?

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The Morning Heresy 8/22/12: $2000 Curse Insurance

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 22, 2012

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

Michael De Dora has good news about the outcome of a meeting between the State Department and representatives of the secular movement regarding the freedom to doubt. 

The latest Point of Inquiry podcast features Arie Kruglanski talking about closed-mindedness, but I know I'm totally not interested, and there's nothing you could say to make me change my mind. 

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Secular Groups Meet with State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 21, 2012

Earlier this month, representatives from several secular organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, met with the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom in Washington D.C. to discuss the secular community and its views on religious freedom.

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The Morning Heresy 8/21/12: Agnosti-Freethinking Skepto-Humanism Squared

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 21, 2012

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

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing picks up the video of Annie Laurie Gaylor's presentation of the history of women in atheism at CFI's Women in Secularism conference. Says Doctorow:

It's a great tour through the history -- the often secret history -- of women who fought and gave all, risking persecution for speaking out against religion and for women's rights to control their destinies. 

Pakistani 11-year-old Rifta Masih could face the death penalty for allegedly violating blasphemy laws. US State Department is "disturbed."

As CSICon in Nashville approaches (register now, y'all) I talk to presenter Eugenie Scott about how opponents of science are getting stealthier about sneaking their dogma into education.

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Eugenie Scott on the Stealth of Science Denialism

Guest Blog from Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
August 20, 2012

This October, Dr. Eugenie Scott, head of the National Center for Science Education, will speak at the much-anticipated CSICon 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. She’ll be focusing on the anti-science initiatives now rampaging their way into Tennessee schools, and I wanted to get some perspective from her about where all this troubling activity is leading, and what’s behind it all. She was kind enough to take the time to have the following exchange with me. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/20/12: Nothing More Than Meat

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 20, 2012

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

There is a lot of good stuff from over the weekend, so let's get right to it. 

So you may have heard over the weekend that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri, declared that women have a "biological mechanism" that can prevent pregnancy in the case of "legitimate rape." I know, it's one of the worst things I've ever heard too.

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Leaving Sanctity Behind

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 17, 2012

Jonathan Haidt, in his recent book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, claims that “sanctity” is one of the six foundations of moral psychology. Central to his claim is his argument that we find some actions abhorrent, yet we cannot explain how they harm anyone. According to Haidt, we regard these actions as immoral because they violate our sense of the sacred. We find them disgusting, degrading.

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The Morning Heresy 8/17/12: Hooligans

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 17, 2012

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

As you may have noticed, the Alexander Aan petition did not gather sufficient signatures, despite our efforts. We'll have more to say about it later (Michael De Dora addresses it well the WaPo piece), and believe me, we are not by any means through in our efforts to help Alexander and those in similar situations, so stay tuned. In the mean time, Russell Blackford echoes my own disappointment

We've been punked! Remember the women-only Saudi Arabian ghetto city? Not real.  

Alexander Aan is still in prison

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 16, 2012

CFI's petition to the White House on behalf of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan closed today with 8,000 signatures, well short of the 25,000 necessary to secure an official response from the Obama administration. Yet while we fell short, we are resolved to keep working his case.

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Ron Riles the Rationalists at the Reason Rally

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 16, 2012

Though the Reason Rally has noisily passed into history, we were just able to acquire the footage of our boss Ron Lindsay's address to the crowd, lo those many months ago. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/16/12: iPads vs. Creationism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 16, 2012

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

Yesterday CFI chief Ron Lindsay went on HuffPost Live for a panel discussion on religion in schools, along with Annie Laurie Gaylor, Frank Schaeffer, and Rahiel Tesfamariam. It was remarkably substantive with an informed moderator. Check it out.

Skepchick was running out of actual important people within the movement to do their "Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women" series, so they asked me to do one.  

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UFO Buzzes Balloonists!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 15, 2012

On Sunday, July 29, 2012, three intrepid balloonists went aloft over Genesee Country Village (one of the largest living history museums in the United States) located in Monroe County, New York. I should actually say Intrepid balloonists, because that was the name of the replica Civil War gas balloon the trio were dangling from.

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The Morning Heresy 8/15/12: Overly-Aggressive High-Fives

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 15, 2012

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

CFI announced changes to its board of directors, including the addition of Elisabeth Cornwell, head of the US branch of the Dawkins Foundation. 

Michael De Dora, CFI's public policy director, contributes to the Skepchick series on hate directed against women, and aims his message at those who are rolling their eyes as they read this. 

The Morning Heresy 8/14/12: Underwear and Toast

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 14, 2012

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

American Atheists puts out new presidential-election-themed billboards featuring underwear and toast. CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes issue with the message they may be sending, focusing on the religions of the major party presidential candidates.

Religious Beliefs and Politics

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 13, 2012

One of the explicit goals of CFI is to end the influence that religion has on public policy. Obviously, we are adamantly opposed to any politician who seeks to impose her/his religious views on other Americans. That said, not everyone who is religious is a theocrat, and religious beliefs, by themselves, do not disqualify someone for office. Under our Constitution they cannot.

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The Morning Heresy 8/13/12: Romney Feels Randy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 13, 2012

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

Oh, hey guys!

I'm back from my two-week hiatus as we welcomes my new daughter into the world, Phoebe Helen Fidalgo, born July 27. Baby and mommy are doing fantastically, and daddy continues to do battle with the two-year-old boy Toby who, I should say, is really jazzed about his new baby sister (or, as he calls her, "my baby").

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The Morning Heresy 8/10/12: Getting NPawkwaRd with David Barton

Guest Blog from Cody Hashman
August 10, 2012

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

Today's morning heretic is Cody Hashman. Your regularly scheduled Morning Heresy with Paul Fidalgo will return on August 13th.

This is important: There is less than one week left to sign the petition the Center for Inquiry submitted to the White House to ask the President and the administration to publicly address the plight of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, as well as that of religious dissidents and nonbelievers in Indonesia.  

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Missouri Votes to Reap the Whirlwind

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 09, 2012

Missouri voters this week approved a benighted and mischievous “right to pray” amendment to the state’s Constitution. Amendment Two passed by 779,628 votes to 162,404, a thundering 5-to-1 margin!

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One week left to petition the White House to speak out for Alexander Aan

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 09, 2012

There is one week remaining on our petition to the White House to call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and free Alexander Aan. 

The Morning Heresy 8/9/12: But my science textbook told me dragons were real!

Guest Blog from Stef McGraw
August 09, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Paul is away until August 13th. In the meantime, he's busy tweeting cute things his kids are saying and doing.

With the new Louisiana school voucher program that will use government money to put students in largely Christian private schools, don’t be surprised if they graduate believing that slave masters were nice guys and that dragons were real. I wish I were kidding.

The Morning Heresy 8/8/12: Everyone, Eat Your Cheerios!

Guest Blog from Cody Hashman
August 08, 2012

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

Today's morning heretic is Cody Hashman. Paul is out on a vision quest to find his chakras or spirit animal or something. It’s ok though, he is safe because I’m pretty sure he is wearing his power band. I might be wrong, though, because someone just told me he is tending to a newborn, which means I am mixing my dreams and reality again (dammit!). I have been assured he will be returning on August 13th.

In other Paul Fidalgo news, evidently, as an atheist, you don’t have to be angry at everything.

Paul writes:

But what I’ve come to realize, particularly as the humanist side of atheism has made me fuse it with my political and social justice interests (the latest Free Inquiry has a whole special section on this topic), that while I think their positions are philosophically and scientifically laughable, their places on the ideological spectrum are close enough to mine to consider them allies rather than enemies.

Reading that piece didn't make me mad, so perhaps there is merit to what Paul is saying.

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

Guest Blog from Dren Asselmeier
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 NASA.gov 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."

Awesome!

From Dr. Who to Mr. Spock: The Perfect Humanist Day

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 06, 2012

For the third time that day, I was among people who had a deep appreciation for science, reason, and humanity in a way that did not invoke anything supernatural to gain that appreciation. We humans made that art, that child, and that spaceship. People took the risks associated with those creations and accepted those consequences.

From London to Mars: Moving Forward with Science

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 06, 2012

Promoting science is part of CFI’s mission. Presumably, most people reading this post do not need to be persuaded of the worth of this objective. Nonetheless, two recent events underscore just how marvelous a tool science is.

Children Can’t Choose Their Religion, But Judges Can Do It For Them

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 06, 2012

There is no legal impartiality when a judge imposes a religious stance in court decisions.

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The Morning Heresy: 8/6/12: Let’s just call Missouri and North Carolina “alternative.”

Guest Blog from Stef McGraw
August 06, 2012

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

Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Supposedly Paul's still out being a good dad or something, but I'm guessing he just wants to watch the Olympics all day. Regardless of what he's really doing, he will return 8/13.

A post at JREF discusses the effect that certain terminology can have on how people view alternative medicine. Sounds “integrative.”

Speaking of alt medicine and terminology: With the British government cracking down on homeopathy being sold as legitimate, tested medicine, one company responds with a rather creative, yet self-incriminating, solution:

“If necessary we could revise the manufacturing method, the labelling of the bottles and kit box to present them as non-medicines and non-homeopathic and market them as 'confectionery'.”

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 03, 2012

As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

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The Morning Heresy 8/3/12: Chick-fil-A Madness!

Guest Blog from Tony Lakey
August 03, 2012

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

Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern, Tony Lakey. Paul is still out spending time with his family. He will return 8/13.

Jim Underdown, Executive Director of CFI-Los Angelesis featured in Surly Amy’s “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” series.

Eugenie Scott discusses the National Center for Science Education’s decision to cover climate change as well as evolution in public education:

The similarity we see between the pressures that teachers receive about teaching evolution and pressures that teachers feel about teaching climate change ultimately go back to the fact that people hold strong ideologies that influence their willingness to accept information.

Doomsday—Yet Again!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 02, 2012

As we approach the proclaimed end of the world—actually, just the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21—many credulous people are in distress. But I am reminded of a folk song (“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”), whose refrain asks sadly, “Oh when will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?”

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

Guest Blog from Dren Asselmeier
August 02, 2012

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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 (al.com) 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-ish Heresy 8/1/12: Take Two Delusions And Call Me In The Morning

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Guest Blog from Tony Lakey
August 01, 2012

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

Today's morning heretic is Tony Lakey, CFI Intern Extraordinaire. Paul is still out building his giant evil robot. I have discovered that it is going to be able to makes pizzas and that it may or may not be fueled by the tears of infants (which is probably the reason for having another child). Paul will be returning on August 13th.

CFI Director of the Office of Public Policy, Michael De Dora urges you to tell your representatives to reject a bill to ban abortion in DC. De Dora has this to say about the bill:

“H.R. 3803, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), would prevent a woman from having an abortion in many important situations: where continuing a pregnancy could put at risk her health or ability to bear children in the future; where she is suffering from mental illness; and where she has learned of a severe or fatal fetal anomaly. It would also impose criminal penalties on any physician found to violate the law, including up to $250,000 in fines and two years in prison.

This bill is wrong for several reasons.

H.R. 3803 is based on the assumption that fetuses can experience pain at 20 weeks. However, this is unsupported by existing scientific research, which suggests fetuses do not experience pain until at least 29 or 30 weeks. Furthermore, only 1.4 percent of all abortions happen after 21 weeks, and those usually occur due to urgent health dangers or difficulty accessing abortion services.”

 

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