Conga Lines for Xenu

August 29, 2014

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

(Note: Paul is on vacation. Today's guest Heretic is Ed Beck.)

For swindling citizens there, a Quebec “clairvoyant medium” has been charged with fraud—and sorcery.

i09 surveys the current state of vaccination in the United States and finds parents increasingly relying on herd immunity to avoid vaccinations, thus undermining herd immunity.

Skeptical surgeon Orac breaks down the new manufactured “CDC Whistleblower” anti-vaccine non-troversy.

CFI/CSI’s own living legend Joe Nickell examines the case of the supposedly “incorruptible” corpse of St. Cecilia.

Possibly the greatest Scientology video of them all leaked this week, a fundraising plea to members of their Atlanta chapter. I have nothing more to say than, “I’m sorry.”

At the Daily Beast, philosophy professor Elizabeth Picciuto interviews a handful of ethicists who take issue with Richard Dawkins’ measure of persons with Down Syndrome.

At his fantastic new blog iMortal, our own head heretic Paul Fidalgo tackles misogyny in video games and examines the social science on the effects of violence in games on children.

At NPR's 13.7 - Cosmos and Culture, anthropologist Barbara King points out that yes, in fact, atheists feel awe too.

On a similar theme, Chris Stedman examines just what goes on at a nonreligious wedding

…and James Croft reaches out to the “joiner” atheists among us.

CFI’s old pal Chris Mooney talks to terrorism expert Arie Kruglanski about the psychological reasons why an American may want to join ISIS/ISIL. 

Quote of the Day

Even though he wasn't too kind to atheists, in honor of his 382nd birthday today here's John Locke, from his 1689 A Letter Concerning Toleration (a light weekend read):  

“Nobody, therefore, in fine, neither single persons nor churches, nay, nor even commonwealths, have any just title to invade the civil rights and worldly goods of each other upon pretence of religion. Those that are of another opinion would do well to consider with themselves how pernicious a seed of discord and war, how powerful a provocation to endless hatreds, rapines, and slaughters they thereby furnish unto mankind. No peace and security, no, not so much as common friendship, can ever be established or preserved amongst men so long as this opinion prevails, that dominion is founded in grace and that religion is to be propagated by force of arms.”

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