The Morning Heresy 7/11/12: His Name is My Name, Too!

July 11, 2012

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

With what I presume was a straight face, the chief of Indonesia's supreme court tells Angela Merkel that it's totally okay to be an atheist in Indonesia, which I think would be welcome news to Alexander Aan. 

Philip Appelman's piece from Free Inquiry on "God, Darwin and the Meaning of Life" is posted at Bill Moyers' website along with his interview on the program.

Businessweek does a long piece on the vast, wealthy, corporate enterprise that is the Mormon Church

You know what Washington, DC needs? More emphasis on the Bible. How about a museum?

Okay, this is creepy: Jessica Velenti reacts to a documentary on "purity balls," a kind of prom/wedding where daughters pledge virginity to their dads. Yeah, that's healthy. 

Neely Steinberg at HuffPo, a disbeliever in ESP, finds some value in a group psychic session:

Held back by my skepticism, I kept silent for much of the two-hour reading, allowing the other women in the room to purge. By the end, though, my skepticism gave way to appreciation, as I witnessed a powerful form of bonding by group catharsis.   

Is Fresno a hotbed of extraterrestrial activity? Makes sense to me. 

"Say no to Satan this November," and join the already 200,000 pledged to waste their vote by casting ballots for Jesus Christ for president.

How would you like to be condescended to? You would? How about some cliches and tropes about nonbelievers that you've heard a million times before? Awesome. Here's Elad Nehorai (a "pop Chassid"?) in HuffPo asking us to "pull up a chair" and accept that atheism is a religion

Deathbed conversions for atheists? From Pacific Standard:

“Our tentative conclusion is that even nonreligious people are tempted toward religious belief, if only implicitly, in the face of death,” writes Oxford University psychologist Jonathan Jong. 

The Tennessean covers SCA's foray into their reason-strapped state. (Good thing CSICon 2012 will be in Nashville, eh?) 

Editorial board of the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia disses FFRF for their opposition to a prayer breakfast with this stunningly erudite prose:

They don’t just want a “separation of church and state” – which, again, isn’t even called for in the Constitution. They want to separate our leaders from their faith. No can do. 

If I posted every UFO sighting from, I'd never get anything done. But when someone badly scribbles an alien plasma cylinder on what I have to assume is a scanned cocktail napkin, well, that's getting a link. 

No plasma aliens here, just fireworks left over. 

Oh crap, this is going to confuse some people. There is another group called CFI, and yes, it stands for Christian Freedom International. This is analogous to my situation, as there is another Paul Fidalgo out there on the interwebs, and he's a pastor. Oy.

Quote of the Day      

Mano Singham weighing in on the psychic damage being done by S.E. Cupp's self-loathing anti-atheist rant:

The only things she could have done more as atonement for being a nonbeliever was rend her garments, put on sackcloth and ashes, drive nails into her body, and beat herself on the head with a plank. 

Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI . Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is. 

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