The Morning Heresy 11/13/12: Babies, Trees, and Golf Balls

November 13, 2012

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

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard orders a national inquiry into child abuse by the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Dolan admonishes the Legion of Doom to take a long look in the mirror after the conservative drubbing in the election, including a majority of Catholics voting for Obama.

In New Zealand, an anti-vax group is stripped of its tax-exempt status, as "its main purpose was clearly political, not charitable." 

On Point of Inquiry, Jacques Berlinerblau schools fellow seculars on what we're doing wrong. 

From "fiery atheist" to sermonizing believer? HuffPo has a look at the new book, Lincoln's Battle with God. (I wonder who wins!)

Ugandan parliament on the verge of passing the unconscionable "Kill the Gays" bill. The rest of the planet tries not to throw up in total revulsion.

Ed Brayton has a great post on the cliches atheists should avoid, the overall theme of which is an admonition to stop painting all things associated with religion with the same ugly, broad brush. But he also has this line, in response to the "everyone is born an atheist" cliche, that made me titter:

A baby is an atheist in the same sense that a tree or a golf ball is an atheist.

No, it's not Nick Nolte or Hugh Grant, but Massimo Polidoro does have the best-worst "mug shots" of aliens at Skeptical Inquirer.

Phil Plait moves Bad Astronomy from Discover to Slate

THIS SHALL NOT STAND: Christians meld Transformers with religious iconography on postcards to lure kids to Jesus.  

(Hehe, I guess those postcards are really more than meets the eye. Hehe. Get it? See what I did there? Hehe.)

Oklahoma pastor lives the life of his town's homeless to better understand their plight. 

Geneticist postulates that humans as a species have been getting steadily dumber since ancient times, reaching our peak 2000-6000 years ago. I don't get it. 

NCSE warns that an anti-evolution bill, drafted by those geniuses at the Discovery Institute, is headed for Indiana. 

What can Brown do for you today? How about stop giving money to the anti-gay and anti-atheist Boy Scouts of America. 

That painting of Jesus was crying, dammit, and if you don't believe it, you have a black soul. 

Ottawa Citizen asks "religion experts" where the hell God is during natural disasters. "Religion experts" emit many words in sentence form. 

Smudge appears on window. Catholics see the Virgin Mary. Sharon Hill sees a strutting supermodel. 

Ophelia Benson: Will someone please beef up the Wikipedia entry for Leo Igwe? 

Emily Willingham at Forbes dumps cold water on a study that purportedly shows a link between vaccinations and autism. 

George Takei reinterperets Leviticus

"Mutating" particles in the Large Hadron Collider further confirm physics' Standard Model. 

Razib Khan: Asian Americans are becoming less Christian, Republicans are becoming more so, ergo, more Asian Americans are Democrats. 

Megachurch pastor: Obama's reelection will bring about the rise of the Antichrist, adds, generously:

I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he's not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes.

Peter Boghossian talks people out of their faith

What did Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets see during the power outages of Hurricane Sandy? "A UFO. I'm telling you, man."

Though victory has been claimed by a certain U.S. Representative-elect from Arizona, atheists are now totally unrepresented in Congress. 

Blog Post Title of the Day: Crommunist Manifesto: "Racism, elections, and national herpes"

Quote of the Day        

Penn Jillette's advice to the world:

Read everything, and be kind.

If only. 

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Comments:

#1 tudza (Guest) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 3:42pm

“A baby is an atheist in the same sense that a tree or a golf ball is an atheist.”

Let’s see, a baby can grow up and a tree can grow up, but can a golf ball?  A baby can grow up and become a thinking being, but can a tree or a golf ball.

Sorry, you lost me on this one.

#2 Randy on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 9:05pm

tudza is right.

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