Forged in Chaos

December 17, 2013

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

Joe Schwarcz at Skeptical Inquirer takes Dr. Oz down many, many notches

Archdiocese of New York win an injunction against the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act for its nonprofit affiliates. 

Josh Zepps has a very funny and thoughtful conversation with libertarian humorist P.J. O'Rourke on the latest Point of Inquiry

Rob Boston says don't get your plural marriage hopes up: Polygamy is still illegal in Utah (but you can live and have ceremonies with whomever you want). 

This should have been in the Heresy already, but here it is: China sent a lander to the Moon, and it's sending back pictures.

Jim Hinch at The American Scholar looks at the rise and fall of Evangelical cultural power through the lens of the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County. 

Corey S. Powell at Nautilus looks at the instability of our solar system: "Earth was forged in chaos, lives in chaos, and may well end in chaos." 

This is cool: CFI-Northeast Ohio, aka CFI-NEO (there is no spoon!), will hold a secular summit at the Ohio Statehouse on January 28, which will include State Representative Michael Foley and our own Michael De Dora.

Watch your local newsstands (or Newsstand app, or PocketMags app, or what have you) for the latest Skeptical Inquirer, with the phenomenon that is Islamic Creationism as the cover feature. 

Once a brand of the Washington Post, On Faith (which I only now realize is "OnFaith") merges with technology outreach company FaithStreet (which also seems to reject the spacebar).

CFI-Canada (independent of CFI-Transnational, which is us) gets its billboards up in Vancouver after rejections by agency Pattison Outdoor. 

A 5th grade student in Florida wins a school contest with a speech that references the horrors people have visited upon each other in religion's name, and his assistant principle strips him of his title for the speech's "inappropriateness." 

HuffPo lists its top 10 religion stories of the year, and we heathens being all heathen-y are number 4. I can't believe the resignation of a pope is only number 10, but you know, I'm the last guy you should ask. (Or am I the first?!?!?!) 

Nathan Allen tells of banning climate deniers from Reddit's science subreddit, and posits that it might be a good idea for more outlets:

Negating the ability of this misguided group to post to the forum quickly resulted in a change in the culture within the comments. Where once there were personal insults and bitter accusations, there is now discussion of the relevant aspects of the research. Instead of (almost comically) paranoid and delusional conspiracy theories, we have knowledgeable users explaining complicated concepts to non-scientists who are simply interested in understanding the research. 

Timothy Caulfield at the Toronto Star argues against Canada allowing "naturopathy" to become a licensed, self-regulating profession:

In Canada, health care providers must tell patients anything a reasonable person in the patients’ position would want to know. As such, a science-based approach to the provision of a homeopathic remedy would require the practitioner to tell a patient that other than a possible placebo effect the treatment does not work and that it is scientifically implausible. Any other approach would be both unethical and fail to meet the legal standard of informed consent. 

Rev. Frank Schaefer, the Methodist pastor who performed a same-sex wedding, refuses to surrender his clergy credentials as ordered by denominational leaders. 

Mormon women shock the LDS world by wearing pants to church. (This is actually kind of a nice story.)

From now on whenever there is a mass shooting, in a school or otherwise, let's just take it as read that some jerk will emit some variation on "it's because we've rejected God!" Here's one.

Okay, ghost hunters, seriously. You have got to get yourselves together. It's just getting ridiculous now.

That's not Bigfoot in Malaysia, it's a tapir. Which is like a big panda-pig-aardvark thing. 

The end finally comes for Harold Camping, but the world spins on. 

Quote of the Day

Um, acupuncture in your ear for weight loss? Have we gone entirely mad? But here's the best part: This Reuters story starts with three bullet points summarizing the article, and the last is:

* Acupuncturist more likely to reduce cash than body weight 

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Comments:

#1 mharbour on Tuesday December 17, 2013 at 9:16am

I’m going to call out some sloppy language here:

“climate deniers”
Are these people who deny that there is climate?

“mass shooting”
What is the quantity of casualties to qualify as a ‘mass shooting’ as distinct from a ‘shooting’?

#2 jeremyatc on Tuesday December 17, 2013 at 10:10am

Thank you for the Chinese moon pics. Now, WHERE ARE THE IRANIAN SPACE MONKEY PICS!?!

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