Get a Pope (Sha Na-Na Na, Sha Na-Na Na-Na)

August 14, 2013

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

NPR's Mile Johnson tells the story of civil rights activist William Lewis Moore, believed to be an atheist, who was killed 50 years ago on a long walk to deliver a letter to Mississippi's governor. 

At Friendly Atheist, I discover a rare example of sound advice for Christian-atheist child-raising.

Wait wait wait. The science textbooks in Texas are...okay?

"Christ has returned. A lot." Spooked yet? It's a new Kickstarter project for a graphic novel about a messiah gone wrong.  

Go ahead and drop $55 on this homeopathic first aid kit. Harriet Hall facepalms:

What can I say? “Aarrrgh!” is not very coherent, and “Good grief” doesn’t quite cover it. Treating an emergency with sugar pills that have once been in contact with water that was once in contact with poison is just offensive to all reason and logic. 

Kylie Sturgess casts podlike with Prof. Brian Cox at Token Skeptic.

HELP WANTED: Schismatic priests seek a pope of their own. Protip: Heavily vet applications coming in from Craigslist.

Bob Smietana reports that the ACLU is swooping in on the case of the Tennessee judge who is blocking a mother from naming her child "Messiah." 

Ken Ham doesn't mind if you come to the Creation Museum just "for the zip lines." 

Stay in a Georgia state park's cabin, get indoctrinated by evil atheists.  

The Jamaican government is looking at overturning an "anti-voodoo" law

Muslims in France are getting really freaked out by the threats of violence by right-wing militants. 

Tim Farley shows you how to reference nonsense and bunk online without helping its Google cred

Two 18-year-old women from London are doused with acid by smiling thugs in Zanzibar. 

"Let there be rock." Mother Jones on Creation, the big and lucrative Christian music festival.

Cassini says "you are here." 

Ugh:

A woman accused of severely abusing her disabled teenage daughter said in a tearful jail interview Tuesday that she has no regrets about using homeopathic and naturopathic treatments she read about on the Internet, including stopping the girl’s seizure medication. 

In Tunisia, rival rallies are held by secularists and Islamists, and no violence breaks out

NYT on the human rights disaster fomenting in Bangladesh

Walker Bristol wonders if skepto-atheists are not doing themselves a disservice with conferences that serve to deify certain figures and demonize others.

This could have been quote of the day, just for how amusing it is. Doctor-Professor-Reverend-Generalissimo Rush Limbaugh:

. . . if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming. You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create. 

Quote of the Day

Chicago Mag has a long piece on the efficacy of various alt-med treatments, including a handy chart about what the insurance companies think. In it, Paul Offit gives some perspective to what's really going on with treatments that are essentially placebos:

[The ancient Chinese] thought there were 365 parts of the body because there were 365 days a year. The reason there were 12 needles is there are 12 rivers in China. . . . You can argue that [acupuncture’s effectiveness] has nothing to do with your ‘vital energy tree’ but everything to do with the perception you’re getting better. And that belief is important. You can learn to release your own endorphins. That’s great. Conventional healers don’t realize how powerful placebo medicine can be.  

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