Awful! Not Even Close!

July 17, 2014

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

CFI chief Ron Lindsay reflects on the lessons of CFI's major victory this week in the 7th Court of Appeals for Secular Celebrants in Indiana:

We need to be open and candid about our beliefs. The more of us who openly and unashamedly declare ourselves nonreligious, the more quickly social acceptance will come. Indiana has learned it can’t shame or intimidate atheists into hypocrisy. The rest of the U.S. can learn the same lesson. 

And CFI's push for equal treatment for nonbelievers continues, as today we announced a new Ohio bill, the result of a partnership between CFI-Northeast Ohio and State Rep. Mike Foley, to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages in the state. 

Meaghan M. McDermott at USA Today has a great writeup of the atheist invocation in Greece, NY on Tuesday, and we now have video of Dan Courtney and Ron Lindsay's remarks at the rally after the invocation. Conservative outlet CNS News covers the event, and seems to think this is important:

As Lindsay spoke surrounded by about a dozen supporters holding signs that read, “I stand for secular values,” the wind begin swirling around the group.

Uh oh! 

And remember those 69 groups, including CFI, who want the president to keep religious exemptions out of a non-discrimination executive order? It's 98 now

Michael Hiltzik at LA Times uses the example of Martin Luther King to show the backward thinking of religious exemptions allowing discrimination:

King condemned the "sanctimonious trivialities" of white churchmen, uttered from behind "the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows." The contemporary church "is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound," he wrote. "It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo." 

The family of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy and then freed, have dropped their lawsuit against her, freeing her to perhaps come to the U.S. 

Shock of shocks, the GOP blocks the bill that would attempt to fix what Hobby Lobby broke. 

Cathy Lynn Grossman reports on new Pew data tracking feelings toward religious groups, and "trending to the chilly negative zone" are atheists and Muslims. 

Those Hobby Lobby owners. They have lots of money, and their using it to build a Bible museum in DC. Because there's not enough religious iconography around the capital. Meanwhile, their Bible-tastic school curriculum has been delayed.

At Skeptical Inquirer, Chip Taylor investigates UFO sightings in Rhode Island, and consults some experts: Area pilots. 

You know who really needs a Skeptical Inquirer subscription? Weird Al, fearing the illuminati. (I always thought something was up with Patton Oswalt.) 

Scott Gavura on NuVet, snake oil for your pets

Scarlett Johansson might do a movie about it, but it's still only a myth that we use only 10% of our brain.  

Australian anti-vaxxers (who are really tenacious) get their propaganda into leaflets in hospitals for pregnant women.  

Quote of the Day

I love this: WGN news anchor Larry Potash calls out a psychic on live TV: 

So, how do you explain you failing miserably here...You failed!

And after a private reading with the same psychic, he says she performed...

Awful! Not even close! I mean, if you're going to sell yourself as a psychic, at least be good at it! It's an old parlor trick 

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