The Morning Heresy 11/12/12: Stand There Like a Dummy, Waiting to Be Enlightened

November 12, 2012

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

Laurie Goodstein at NYT reports that religious conservatives are "reeling" from their election night loss and the "rejection of their agenda." Goodstein also quotes Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute who says:

Barack Obama’s coalition was less than 4 in 10 white Christian. He made up for that with not only overwhelming support from the African-American and Latino community, but also with the support of the religiously unaffiliated.

NYT also has a piece on politicians rejecting traditional religious labels, which includes one such rejection that, you know, has some of us in the atheosphere a little taken aback. 

Stephen Prothero lists seven ways religious diversity affected the election

Family Research Council's Tom McClusky says “civil disobedience” will be required in the wake of marriage equality victories. 

Deborah Hide in the Guardian notes a rise is nerdiness's cache in the midst of recent skeptics' events like CSICon and Skepticon. "The devil may have all the best songs, but the nerds have the best data." 

Ezard Ernst takes apart a Boiron study allegedly showing homeopathy's effectiveness. 

Judge rules that a West Virginia county must provide a home education to a student whose parents will not allow her to be vaccinated for religious reasons. 

BoingBoing: A new edition of The Double Helix has a trove of annotations from James Watson that changes a lot of the accepted narrative of the discovery of DNA.  

Hemant re-airs the quadrennial atheist request: Please don't use "so help me God" in the presidential oath of office. 

skeptics'-specific comedy team hits the road: The Evolution of Comedy Tour.  

Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay: ". . . once a protest takes place, it becomes our sacred duty to support it. I take the same stand on self-immolations." 

Stealing people's money? Cutting folks off from their children? Forcing them into weird sexual behavior lest they be subject to exorcism? It's okay, it's not a cult, it's a "church"

The Freedom Tower is not haunted

Bahraini imprisoned for "defaming" the king on Twitter. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets behind November 11 as a "Global Day of Action for Malala Yousafzai."

Sam Harris talks Free Will in Vancouver, "after the 80s porn music." 

November 18 in LA, let Leonard Tramiel feed your brain

Trolling enthusiast thinks he's extremely clever for goading atheists.  

Intel to Boy Scouts of America: Stop discriminating, or forget about the money. 

Presumably, no cognitive dissonance experienced by the Vatican as its official newspaper editorializes: "While persecuting homosexuals in undoubtedly unjust, opposing marriage between people of the same sex is a point of view that must be respected," and that countries that ban gay marriage are somehow "sentinels of religious freedom."

Scott Rhoades of the Lancaster Freethought Society looks at the life and legacy of Paul Kurtz.

Quote of the Day        

Mayan expert Edwin Barnhart:

I think if the Maya were here, they wouldn’t tell you to hide under the table fearing an apocalypse. They wouldn’t tell you to stand there like a dummy waiting to be enlightened. They would tell you this is the time to take some agency in our lives and change before what is already broken breaks us.  

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