The Morning Heresy 8/16/12: iPads vs. Creationism

August 16, 2012

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

Yesterday CFI chief Ron Lindsay went on HuffPost Live for a panel discussion on religion in schools, along with Annie Laurie Gaylor, Frank Schaeffer, and Rahiel Tesfamariam. It was remarkably substantive with an informed moderator. Check it out.

Skepchick was running out of actual important people within the movement to do their "Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women" series, so they asked me to do one.  

TechCrunch: How do you stop Texas religious conservatives from ruining the entire textbook market? Give every kid an iPad. (Can I get a "Steve be praised"?) 

Chris Stedman in an important HuffPo piece: Storytelling can help bridge seemingly impossible theological and cultural divides. 

UK government begins "action plan" to combat child abuse by practitioners of witchcraft. Says Andrew Flanagan of the task force (h/t Sharon):

. . . everyone must play their part by watching out for unusual activity and reporting it as early as possible. We must never forget this is about child cruelty not culture and we cannot afford to wait until another child is murdered before decisive action is taken.

Taslima Nasreen has feelings about reports of women-only cities in Saudi Arabia, telling Saudi women:

Use your brains and lock those insane sons of bitches up. 

Simon Critchley is interviewed by Religion Dispatches on his new book The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology

Kimberly Winston covers the Atheist Film Festival (of which the Council for Secular Humanism was a sponsor) in San Francisco, here in WaPo. 

In my daily research, I come upon a lot of very dumb "Yahoo Answers" posts, and I always ignore them, but this one made me chuckle:

The question: "All believers isn't it sad that all nonbeliever will be begging god and christ to forgive them on judgment day?" [sic]

And the first answer: "My farts are more significant than your petty threats."

Okay, sorry. Moving on. 

BoingBoing's Xeni Jarden on the well-meaning advice she gets about "naturopathic" cures for her cancer:

Let me be blunt: I think people who sell fake cancer cures are murderers. 

National Secular Society: Not so fast on the self-congratulating over a supposed end to UN anti-blasphemy resolutions. 

Cliodynamics: is there a science that can predict broad historical patterns? Probably not, says The Guardian's Rebekah Higgitt.

For one thing, I didn't know that Charleston, SC was known as "The Holy City." Thus, the novelty of a bunch of atheists holding a conference there. 

Evangelical pastors' workshop: Oh fine, we won't hold our event in the Kansas statehouse, you buzzkills. 

This should raise some eyebrows: Lena Kheir at PolicyMic argues that the US legal system and Sharia are not so distant as we might think.  

Also at PolicyMic, Ethan Case reminds us that while many chuckle at Scientology and Mormonism, the more established faiths are just as silly

The willfull ignorance runs deep in Kentucky's state legislature, as it works to actively remove evolution from testing. Worst sentence of the week is from Rep. Ben Waite: "The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science — Darwin made it up."

You of course probably already know about the shooting at the Family Research Council's offices in DC. We really don't know anything other than that it happened -- motives and the like remain undetermined or unreleased, though the shooter has been identified. The one victim, security guard Leo Johnson, is in stable condition in the hospital, and is being hailed as a hero as he stopped the shooter from hurting anyone else. The Morning Heresy salutes you, Mr. Johnson and wishes you a speedy recovery. 

Quote of the Day      

Fox Van Allen at Mashable, reporting that eBay will no longer allow you to sell "magic" spells and items:

The company knows not what it does, unaware that the hour of the dragons grows near. Not only has eBay banned the sale of spells, but also prohibited is the sale of potions. Yes, that even includes the +2 Potion of Dragonslaying… the fools! Psychic readings are now forbidden as well — your knights will no longer have the confidence of entering into battle with their victory guaranteed by a seer, nor will your anteater be able to tell you the outcome of the NBA finals for a price. 

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