Defamation—In Space!

June 14, 2013

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

Paul is off on something called a "vacation." He'll return on the 20th (we're skeptical). Until then, your Guest Heretics are CFI's Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck and Director of Marketing Lauren Becker. Any and all bad puns are property of Paul.

From the land of dropbears, the question: Should pseudoscience be tolerated in a democracy?

Missing socks: found?

Science, our sense of wonder, and the parts of physics that—let's admit—are basically voodoo.

The devil's in a New Jersey back yard...

...likely plotting more earthquakes.

Even psychics can't lie about their neighbor's nonexistent mass grave.

Bigotry as "religious liberty?" We've heard that one before.

Your TV weatherperson is becoming slightly less annoying.

Maine's leading Republican claims his "man's brain" makes him more rational, cites obscure journal "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus."

We're never ever getting...to Alpha Centauri B.

The International Criminal Court can't touch The Vatican.

Exorcism gone awry: The patient is fine, no word on the biting, house-thrashing demon.

The Awl spent a day outside the Bilderberg Meeting...with conspiracy fountain Alex Jones.

Something is slightly-less the matter with Kansas.

CFI's Office of Public Policy helped demolish the newest school voucher amendments in Congress.

Michelle Goldberg explains the difference between Christian fundamentalism and "Christian nationalism." 

Quote of the Day 

The Sun (UK) has apologized to "alien lifeforms" for a vicious act of defamation:

"In an article on Saturday headlined 'Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ', we stated 'two flat silver discs' were seen 'above the Church of Scientology HQ'.

Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists." 

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