All the Way to Narnia

April 10, 2014

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

Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to Brandeis's disavowal of her:

What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The 'spirit of free expression' referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much. 

Mysterious lights on Mars are probably not made by Martians. NatGeo reports, "the bright spots are probably caused by cosmic rays colliding with the rover's camera or by glinting rocks reflecting the Martian sunlight."  

Chris McGeal at The Guardian reminds us that among its other horrors, the Catholic Church has much to answer for in the sheltering of its clergy who took part in the Rwandan genocide of the 1994.  

Tech pundit and entrepreneur Anil Dash writes about his struggles as an atheist to be "in keeping with values of kindness toward others and the undeniable frustration I feel when confronted with people trying to impose their religious beliefs." 

Survey by the American Bible Society shows that fewer Americans view the Bible as "sacred."

Tom Jacobs at Pacific Standard reports on a study showing that about half of Americans buy at least one nutty conspiracy theory, but even more interesting to them was "just how many people were unwilling to commit when asked if they agreed with these theories."   

A mother's photo of her newborn daughter being treated for whopping cough goes viral, as it serves as a warning to parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids. 

UC Berkeley study suggests that our whole perception of reality is based on the last 15 seconds

Edmonton Journal editorializes in favor of mandatory vaccinations for kids. "We need to combat the ignorance." 

A hotel in New Jersey calls in local "ghost hunters" to investigate its haunting problem, and no, this is not the premise of an Ivan Reitman film. 

Atheist Republic offers a reading list for nonbelievers

Chick-fil-A looks to distance itself from overt social conservatism (as in its financing of anti-gay initiatives) as it looks to major urban markets.

Quote of the Day

Dave Foley

There’s no “War on Religion” because atheists like myself have zero political power in this country...Our closet goes all the way to f***ing Narnia! And you go out the wrong end of that closet, there's a bunch of Catholics with a talking lion that will eat you! 

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