We Get in There and Burp and Scratch

March 5, 2014

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

It's Ash Wednesday, and Michelle Boorstein reports on the reluctance of some of the faithful to don the forehead mark in public.

Amid the outrage over Uganda's awful anti-gay law, American Evangelicals have their hackles up as if to say, "hey, we didn't do it!" 

Last night's Q&A with the team behind the new Cosmos is available to watch online

J.D. Gallop explores the faith of space travelers, from Buzz Aldrin's lunar communion to the recent Muslim fatwa against travel to Mars. 

LDS Church: No, Mormons don't literally get their own planets when they die. 

HuffPost Live covers the subject of addiction recovery, and Secular Organizations for Sobriety's Jim Christopher is on the panel. 

Gabriel Arana at American Prospect warns that a Supreme Court victory for Hobby Lobby and its compatriots could open the floodgates for Arizona-like anti-gay bills all over the place.

Our public policy guy Michael de Dora was gushing about this letter to the editor in the Utah Statesman yesterday by Murial McGregor:

Because freedom of religion allows people to worship and believe how they choose, this can and does lead to people worshiping and believing in all sorts of inhumane things. This is why secularism is so crucial. Secularism overrides the inhumane things of religions. For example, it creates laws that protect against animal sacrifice, denying your child medical treatment and persecuting someone because they have differing beliefs. 

Egyptian atheist BenBaz Aziz (what an awesome name), recently released from a Kuwaiti prison for blasphemy, writes at Atheist Ireland:

[R]especting a religion doesn’t mean to use its teachings as a standard to measure my morality, as my brain should do this. If they want me to respect their religion, why don’t they respect my decision of choosing my mind to be my reference? 

Kentucky Baptists have a new way to bring men into the church:

So we get in there and burp and scratch and talk about the right to bear arms and that stuff. 

A new reason to be terrified of global warming: As ancient ice melts, ancient viruses wake up and get back to infecting. 

Trail Life USA, the Christian Boy Scouts alternative says that while they don't like gays, they are not doing a Nazi salute in that photo

Tim Binga, the CFI megalibrarian, reviews the papers donated to us by Dr. Thornton Page, who investigated UFOs and collaborated with Carl Sagan. 

Here's a lede paragraph for you, about a pastor in Kenya:

A local pastor has ordered all women who attend service at Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church to refrain from wearing undergarments while attending so that they can more easily receive the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Interestingly, in a short film for which I wrote the music, God actually requires a specific pair of tighty-whities to talk to him.  

Oklahoma's House passes an anti-evolution "strengths and weaknesses" bill, 79-6. 

Like a Justice League of crazy, Christian priests and Muslim imams team up in Egypt to do the really tough exorcisms.  

And now, the stuff of nightmares

Quote of the Day

Choire Sicha at The Awl on what he's giving up for Lent:

I'm giving up ridiculous Times opiner Ross Douthat! This week, Douthat announced the gay victory over America, and his great trolling concern about what penalty the vicious gays will impose on Christians. (He's also concerned that people who won't provide services to gay people will go out of business. Welcome to capitalism! But of all business that should go under, the ridiculous Ross Douthat opinion industry should go first.)

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