The Morning Heresy 7/25/12: Go Get a Real Hobby

July 25, 2012

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

A lot of bloggers have helped spread the word about the petition to the White House for jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, and I want to take this moment here to offer my sincere thanks. Freethought Blogs' writers as a group have been particularly good about encouraging folks to sign and share, and all of us here at CFI appreciate it. Please, please keep it up.

Pick out your Halloween costume and tune your six-string. It's time to get ready for CSICon 2012 in Nashville

Point of Inquiry returns with a conversation with Kerry Emanuel, a conservative scientist trying to bring his political friends to acceptance of climate change. 

Child rape enabler Msgr. William J. Lynn gets three-to-six.

I didn't even know this was a thing, but Daniel Florien picks out his favorite "Hail Sagan" designs. Not sure how I feel about this, but I kind of like the one with the blue dot, the dodecahedron, and the four-dimensional cube. 

CFI's Institute Online opens registration for a new course, "What is Atheism?" with John Shook and John Loftus. 

Nothing crazy about this: Heal yourself with the help of a didgeridoo

Science-reality-medicine-ethics fail: Homeopathic vaccine for Hep-C. 

Ugandan Christian authorities are all upset about a new religion taking root, the Japanese-borne "Happy Science" religion, whose leader (surprise) is also the deity.

The Christian Post takes seriously the Mark Mellman piece about Obama's declining support among atheists (which was written more to point out how silly Mellman thinks worrying about tiny sub-groups is), ponders the question, and quotes a "conservative leader" who is afraid to be named who says:

If I were a died-in-the-wool atheist, I wouldn't care how many times President Obama talked of his Christian beliefs or used 'God' in his speeches because the longer he is in office the more he can undermine Christian beliefs through his judicial appointments.

Scientologists plan to infiltrate the London Olympics, according to leaked letter. 

Speaking of the games, Steven Novella warns of the coming onslaught of sports-related pseudoscience we're all about to be inundated by.

You don't know fake mermaids like Joe Nickell knows fake mermaids.  

David Niose went on MSNBC's The Cycle to talk about nonbelievers, but I'm not going to watch (sorry, David) because I find this show unbearable. But that shouldn't stop you.

Greta has a pretty comprehensive to-do list for improving the atheosphere's inclusiveness

Dave Silverman plants his boot's heel firmly on the neck of misogyny within the movement. 

Georgia church wanted guns allowed in, federal court said no

Group called "Ufology Research" says that UFO sightings are at an all-time high in Canada. 

You guys don't need more Chik-fil-a links, do you? I mean, Facebook really has that covered, I feel. 

Quote of the Day      

You know, I thought I wasn't going to find a good QOTD this morning, and then I checked the ol' inbox, and we got this great piece of hate mail, signed "Christian Acupuncturist," so you know it's going to be good.

To The Center Of Inquiry [sic],

I'm convinced that your organisation [sic] is filled with men who were seriously bullied as young boys...nerds who never got the girls, whose only solace was found deeply embedded in books about science and mathematics. Filled with men and women who were social outcasts...never got asked out on dates in high school or college beacause [sic] you "didn't fit in"?

Well here's a news flash...you don't fit in...America doesn't want your atheistic garbage. Don't fool yourselves into thinking that you matter...you don't. You're in the 1% that believes your superior intelligence is all you need...faith in science, not God...now that's laughable. Go get a real hobby and leave the rest of us alone.

Now, I should concede that, yes, I for one was bullied quite a lot all throughout school. But, alas, I did not find solace in math, and I fared poorly in my science classes, which were on the whole poorly taught. No, I did something even worse: I got into theatre. Take that! 

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Comments:

#1 Ophelia Benson on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 9:52am

I love that majoritarian bullying ploy. “More and more everybody else is catching on to the evilness of your evilness and THEY ALL HATE YOU so ha.”

Also love that Dave Silverman. Go, Dave!

#2 Paul the Morning Heretic on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 11:15am

Definitely the first bit of hate mail I’ve gotten in which I’ve been told I *deserve* to be bullied.

#3 Griff on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 4:35pm

You fish for hateful comments, then wax triumphant when someone bites.  Like the emailer, I have to wonder why you aren’t doing better things with your time.

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