Mark Career as Spam

July 24, 2013

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

Fair warning: Tomorrow I travel in the morning to hit the CFI Student Leadership Conference at the Meatball Mothership, so there may not be a Morning Heresy. If there is one, it will likely be short, rushed, and rife with errors. So other than being short, it will closely resemble the usual Heresy.

Later this morning, Forecast the Facts is organizing a protest at Google HQ to tell them to stop funding science deniers, and CFI is a partner in the effort. You can also partake in the CFI action alert.

Alan Turing, the guy who pretty much gave us computing, and who helped us beat the Nazis by decrypting the Enigma code, will be posthumously pardoned by the UK. What'd he do in the first place? Well, he was gay.  

Speaking of Turing, who better to play him in a movie than CUMBERBAAAATCH

CFI-Canada revamped its website - it's all Windows-8-square-y! Nice job, guys. 

At LiveScience, Ben Radford looks at the idea that Einstein's laws somehow prove the existence of ghosts. And at Discovery, Ben looks at the nonsense of baby gender prediction.

When the Pope comes to Brazil, he's going to get an eyeful of same-sex smooching

This guy at NASA may have taken the first tiny step toward a warp drive, and I'm not even kidding. 

Facebook and YouTube to Kirk Cameron: 'Mark Career as Spam reports on the effort to get humanist chaplains into the military. Guess where the Republicans they interview come down. 

You're not going to like how Toothpaste for Dinner predicts the future

Media Matters says Reuters' coverage of climate change has been slashed in half since the current managing editor, a professed climate "skeptic", took over. 

Just posted online: The Skeptical Inquirer cover feature on invisible beings by Joe Nickell and James McGaha. 

Take a moment and recall 10 of the best Moon-landing-was-a-hoax hypotheses.

According to Gallup, the number of humans around the Earth calling themselves religious dropped by 9% between 2005 and 2011, while atheists have upticked by 3%.

Catholic couple in Pakistan reportedly charged with blasphemy for texting something "insulting" about Muhammad. 

Fake psychic in Florida (of course) is charged with swindling $800,000 from a "vulnerable and superstitious Sunnyvale divorcee." 

A woman in China is stuck inside a wall, but no one helps her for seven hours because they think she's a ghost. 

Joe Nickell says don't bother with The Conjuring

Theologian J. Cameron Carter says a kind of "atheism" to the "god of America" is the only reasonable response to the Zimmerman verdict:

[M]ore than just deputizing himself to act with police power (and this is the crucial point of Dr. Butler’s reflections), he deputized himself to stand in the place of god, to act in god’s name and with divine or sovereign power (remember Zimmerman’s words to Sean Hannity that shooting Trayvon Martin was “God’s will”), and finally, not just to act as god but to be a god, a god who could judge and act with the power of life and death—or more accurately, with the power of death and under the protection of law. . . . What I’m in effect calling for is a Christianity uncoupled from this nation-state project, from the project of social purity or “proper” Americanness, with its (racially inflected) legal protocols and its vision of racialized criminality and institutions of incarceration. 

Quote of the Day

Katrina vanden Heuvel on the television ascent of anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy and the cult of "balance":

The vast majority of scientists accept that evolution is real, that man-made climate change is occurring and that vaccines do not cause autism. But in the general public, these issues are often hotly debated, and, too often, the media fuels these arguments by airing junk science as though it were legitimate. The result? A major public health risk. Vaccine avoidance makes the entire country more susceptible to diseases like the measles that were once vanquished. By giving science deniers a public forum, media outlets implicitly condone their claims as legitimate.

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