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October 11, 2013

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

I can't believe I missed this when it first hit the web: Malala Yousafzai goes on The Daily Show and humbles everyone.

Bill Nye, keynoter of the CFI Summit this month, is launching a non-dance-related web series with NASA on its Juno probe of Jupiter. 

Rabbis are kidnapping husbands who won't consent to divorce with their wives. 

Scott Gavura looks at the recent to-do over acetaminophen's apparent toxicity in overdose, and advises us to follow the directions on the label. 

David Gibson checks in with the secular-friendly Bishop Shelby Spong:

The older I get the more deeply I believe but the fewer beliefs I have. And I think that’s probably where I am. I have a sort of mystical awareness (of God) that’s indescribable, but I can’t avoid it. When I’m asked to define God I’m almost wordless. 

The Brazilian government starts a campaign to increase tolerance of minority faiths. 

Turns out the Air Force is not persecuting Christians, which is a total surprise to me. 

After bringing a pastor to get all Jesus-y at a 9/11 memorial at a Tennessee public school, the school board gets staffed "retrained" on church-state separation

Christopher Wanjek picks apart the supernatural nonsense behind "crystal healing." 

Matt Novak fondly recalls a time when science and tech magazines took it upon themselves to expose the lies and falsehoods of psychics and other paranormal frauds. If only there was a magazine like that today

I know that Jesus lives in the clouds, but can you get communion from The Cloud? What if the servers haven't been blessed?

Mike Elgan offers a productive middle ground between "efficient" food production and the "back to nature" contingent.

The Bible does have all the secrets. Of your passwords

OMG what is this I don't even

Anti-quote of the Day is from Pastor Donn Chapman who wants creationism in schools:

[At stake is] them [secularists] getting our kids and saying, ‘You feed them, you take them to church on Sunday, but if they’re going to be intelligent, if they are going to get into a good school, they are going to learn to think like us. Heil, Hitler.’ That’s what it’s about. 

Quote of the Day

This is gold: These local TV anchors fall apart over their inability to take a Bigfoot sighting story seriously. The quote today, though not secular, is still hilarious in the video, from anchorperson Jessica Larche:

Sweet baby Jesus in the manger, I didn't think I was going to make it.

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