The Morning Heresy 10/4/12: Off the Record

October 4, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

It's is a quick one today, as your Morning Heretic is going to catch a plane to go see a bunch of reporters in a big hotel.

Tim Farley, jealous of the riches and glory that The Morning Heresy brings me, has begun his own daily product focused on news and tools of use to skeptics. Here's the Morning Toolbox.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty at NPR sees the 2012 campaign as less focused on candidates out-Godding each other

Jacob Sollum in Reason says Obama "pandered" to radical Muslims in his UN speech. I could not agree less

Elie A. Shneour in Skeptical Inquirer on the decline of religion

Just how Christian is our civilization anyway? CFI's John Shook takes a critical look:

There's a silly argument that goes like this: "But famous thinker Z was a Christian." Yeah, so what?  Focus on the great idea of thinker Z -- did he/she get it from the Bible? From Jesus? From Christianity at all? Probably not.  

Chris Lombardi at SCA touts this week's Capitol Hill briefing as a win:

Staff from over 35 Congressional offices came to hear secular thought leaders and academics speak about the past, present, and future of the movement. In keeping with the nonpartisan focus of SCA, the staff members represented offices that ran the ideological gamut from the most liberal Members of Congress to the most conservative.  

And now there's Secular Coalitions for Massachusetts and California (which are already godless cesspools of sin, but you know.) 

Awful: Two kids, a 9 and 10-year-old, are arrested for blasphemy in Egypt:

Ibrahim Mohammad, a local sheikh, filed a complaint about the incident, stating that the children were incited to desecrate the Muslim holy books.  

Meanwhile, a Coptic Christian computer programmer in Egypt is arrested on suspicion of having uploaded "The Innocence of Muslims" to the Internet. 

Editor of Religion & Politics gets rightfully queasy over members of the Supreme Court attending Red Mass. 

Peter Boghossian and Steve Goldman discuss the history of atheism in this video. 

Time for a real expert to talk about that whole Jesus' wife thing on...The Human Bible!!!! <thundercrash!!!> 

Rev. Joanna Harader at HuffPo: How to be an offensive Christian. 

Catholic mag First Things has handy tips for keeping oneself from being "swept up into the comfortable hedonism" of college. LAME! 

Quote of the Day        

Pennsylvania state rep Babette Josephs refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance because of the God part:

Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it's a prayer. I don't pray in public.    

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