Improving Drainage

June 7, 2017

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

12 people are killed in two terrorist attacks in Iran: one at Parliament, the other at mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. ISIS claims responsibility, making it the first major attack by the Islamic State in Iran.

The U.S. threatens to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council over what Ambassador Nikki Haley calls its "chronic anti-Israel bias," but assures us, hey, guys, we don't want to leave. "America does not seek to leave the Human Rights Council," she said. "We seek to reestablish the council’s legitimacy." I'm not sure this is the way to do it. (First we quit Paris, now maybe the UNHRC -- the U.S. is becoming the Sarah Palin of the international community.)

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that a huge majority of Americans want "aggressive" action on climate change led by the U.S., but only those who think it should be a top priority are in single digits. 

Don't forget, we're still trying to stop Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill from screwing up or deleting the Johnson Amendment. We want you to get in touch with your representatives.  

Richard Dawkins has a new book of essays, Science in the Soul, and there's an excerpt now available online from the publisher.

Canada just might follow Denmark's example, and scrap its blasphemy law.

Try as they might, Democratic senators could not get Betsy DeVos to state her position on whether publicly-funded schools should not be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ students. Her only refrain was, "Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law."  

At a gathering in Budapest, anti-gay and anti-abortion Christian fanatics rail against The Brady Bunch, Modern Family, and something called "gender ideology," with former Fox News producer Jack Hanick saying, "This is a war, but it is not a war to be waged in the physical world." That could mean a lot of things: spiritual war, a Twitter argument, or perhaps even a D&D battle...with miniatures!

Florida governor (and Richard Moll cosplayer) Rick Scott may not be interested in doing anything about climate change, but the folks who live in Miami Beach sure are. The Economist reports:

The city plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the next few years on raising streets and improving drainage. Officials hope this will give current and future residents greater confidence in their property investments. 

Los Angeles County is dealing with a mumps outbreak. I wonder how that could have happened. 

Thousands of Christian women in Australia attend a big conference about women submitting to men at home and in church, but then many of them walk out when they find they are being told to be submissive everywhere else, too. Julia Baird reports:

But what disturbed some attendees more — roughly 3,000 Anglican, Presbyterian and Baptist women were there, with an estimated 1,600 watching by livestream — was that another thread had emerged at the Sydney Convention Centre: that women should also consider themselves "helpers" of men in the workplace. 

A state court in Montana says that religious schools can receive tax credits as part of a scholarship program, for legalistic reasons I do not understand even though I read them. 

First T-rex didn't have feathers. Then it did have feathers and looked like a monster chicken. Now it doesn't have feathers again. Come on, "scientists"! Which is it, huh??

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