Blog Archives for February 2016

Invisible Music

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 12, 2016

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

First, we start the day by wishing a speedy recovery and good health to Richard Dawkins, who last week suffered a minor stroke. He's doing okay and is expected to be back in action, but there will be some work ahead to recover. CFI and RDFRS staff is handling his Twitter account for now (thus, alas, a spelling error in a recent tweet that Dawkins himself would never make). 

But a Happy Darwin Day to him and to you nonetheless.

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Transbunnyism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 11, 2016

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

Rapid Growth, which is a news outlet in Grand Rapids -- get it? Rapid growth? -- checks to see what all the fuss is about with the secular Sunday Assembly services, and highlights the area's existing freethought community represented by CFI–Michigan.

Scott Gavura considers the ethics of marketing and selling complementary and alternative medicine. And there are none. There are no ethics.    

Really Most Sincerely Dead

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 10, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump handily win the New Hampshire primary. Sanders becomes the first non-Christian to win a presidential primary. Trump is the first, uh, whatever he is to win a presidential primary [citation needed]. 

Bizarro Vermont

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 09, 2016

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

My neighboring state of New Hampshire (or as one friend once referred to it, "Bizarro Vermont") is holding its sort-of-first-in-the-nation primary today, and you can almost feel the electricity and the excitem--- that's not true, it's just a regular cold day here in Maine. 

Good stuff: Point of Inquiry this week is all about the new chapter for CFI and the merger with the Dawkins Foundation, as Josh Zepps interviews both Ron Lindsay and our new boss Robyn Blumner

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A Proper Villain

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 08, 2016

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

In The New York Times, Susan Jacoby argues that secularists must find ways to combine their powers and hold politicians accountable for their positions and their language, citing the CFI-RDFRS merger as a rare example of "a rare union of secular forces," and mentions Michael De Dora's efforts to build coalitions with non-secular groups. 

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Appetite for Mars

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 05, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders' religion or lack thereof is, surprisingly to me, a very hot topic of late. At Quartz, the most excellent Jennifer Michael Hecht (who notes that she leans toward Clinton) reflects on the broader importance of Sanders' secularism:

Sanders’ deeply humanist views make me think that he could turn out to be a good leader for our heterogeneous nation—both because he is brave enough to speak a new kind of truth about religion, and because he is motivated to do the right thing for its own sake. ... A candidate ready to admit that he is not a part of any religion, while respecting people whose beliefs differ from his own, might well be the person who can lead our fractured country toward trust and unity.

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Come and See the Dead Monk

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 04, 2016

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

President Obama visits a mosque, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, and says this, which kind of chokes me up:

Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here. You're right where you belong. You're part of America too. You're not Muslim or American. You're Muslim and American. 

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Luxembourg…In…SPAAAAACE

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 03, 2016

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

A very positive development: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom writes to Secretary Kerry to urge the State Department to provide humanitarian parole for Bangladesh's secularist writers and activists in danger. CFI and a coalition of other groups did the same in December. (Catch up with the rest of CFI's policy work from last month in our Advocacy Update.)

As a side note, apparently John Kerry has been referring to ISIS as "above all, apostates," which seems really, really counterproductive.

They Want Us to Swallow It

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 02, 2016

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

Last night, the people of Iowa decided who the next president will be, and nothing that happens from here on out matters whatsoever. Trump has been revealed as a flash in the pan, Clinton can't possibly recover from having narrowly won, and third-place Marco Rubio is the next Obama. Or that's what I glean from Twitter, and really, what else is there. Man, it's too bad there aren't any more primaries after this one...

Neither a Duran, Nor a Duran

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 01, 2016

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

Egyptian satirical cartoonist Islam Gawish is arrested for "running a website without a license." NYT reports:

The Sunday raid on the Egypt News Network, where Mr. Gawish worked, was carried out because the website was operating without an official permit, said Maj. Gen. Ayman Helmy, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry...

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