Erik Estrada Saves Jesus

December 4, 2013

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

Secular Coalition for America hits the Hill today with briefings on its policy guide for both the House and Senate. Our own Michael De Dora, who had a hand in the policy guide, will be speaking. Meanwhile, our Office of Public Policy puts out its advocacy update for October and November

Kylie Sturgess at CSICOP.org interviews Robin Ince and Trent Burton, makers of the love-letter-to-science app, The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome.

Ken Chitwood profiles Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, a secular humanist and refugee from Iraq. 

Americans United wants to hear from employees of the companies that are claiming 'help-help-I'm-being-religiously-oppressed' in challenging the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

Jeez, Times Square is getting crowded with atheist propaganda

An newly-amended version of Egypt's new constitution "enshrines personal and political rights in stronger language than past constitutions," according to the AP, and "bans political parties founded on religion, sect or region." 

AHA: Please stop this South Carolina school from allowing prayers at school events. Federal judge: No.

This is nuts: a board member of Chicago's parks refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Legion then withdraws its donation to said park in retaliation. Hemant Mehta donates to make up the difference. Park officials turn him down. Oh come on!

A 7th-grader in Kansas is taking legal action against her school for forbidding her to post signs about a prayer event.  

Alleged psychic is denied a FOIA request by a federal judge that would prove he was interrogated by the CIA about his super mind powers. 

The whole faces-in-things meme is kind of cute, but this one in the WTC wreckage is really pushing it.

The right-wing Liberty Counsel is producing a film starring Erik Estrada that is NOT Sealab 2021 The Movie. Instead, it's about high school kids who want to put on a Biblical show at school:

Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens fight against political correctness to defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform. 

Dallas is becoming the Hollywood of Christian cinema. For Rick Santorum, the movie business is not yet quite panning out

Introducing a series of "skeptical cinema" posts, Ben Radford looks at the portrayal of a folie a deux, a form of mass hysteria, in the 2006 film Bug.  

Glenn Beck endorses Sam Harris's book Lying. Harris thinks it's as weird as you do.

A big atheist "A" goes up in Chicago's Daley Plaza, for Christmas or something. In the video, one passerby says with utter deadpan, "Wow. That's interesting." 

Sharon Hill is curious about how paranormalists and ghost hunters and the like get along with others. Are they picked on? Well they do seem to have bad luck sometimes: Here are some ghost hunters who were arrested at Gettysburg

At RealClearScience, Zack Kopplin worries that both science education and science funding in the U.S. are growing stagnant

Whoa: Personhood for chimps

Them popes is sneaky

Quote of the Day

Wendy Thomas Russell is going all out with her secular Christmas, no matter what you, Sarah Palin, or Tom Flynn says:

I won’t be putting the Christ back into my Christmas. Ever. But if my family and friends will let me, I’ll continue to lug home pine trees from the local Christmas tree lot and obscure all but the scent of those trees with a heinous number of Christmas ornaments. I’ll hang the gorgeous, envy-inducing Christmas stockings my mother knitted for each member of my family. I’ll listen to the Christmas carols my grandmother used to play on the piano when I was a child. With my husband, daughter, parents, in-laws, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends always on my mind, I’ll wrap Christmas presents and watch Christmas movies and read Christmas books and bake Christmas cookies and attend Christmas parties. I’ll do it all. And in doing so, I will indeed “protect the heart of Christmas.”  

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