The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you

August 2, 2012

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

Today’s morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and will be returning on August 13th.

Chick-fil-A has been in the news recently for their president’s comments regarding his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation. The comments have spawned an internet storm of people saying that they won’t eat there, that they will eat there and feel guilty, or that they don’t care. More recently, some people who agree that same-sex marriage, you know, makes baby Jesus cry, have decided to promote an Appreciation Day. Today, I read All Alabama’s (al.com) report:

Those who oppose Cathy’s remarks, have ask supporters to donate the cost of a meal, about $6.50, to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ... GLAAD is supporting a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” encouraging same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide Friday and hold a kiss-in. They are also asking those participating to post photos of the kisses.

Once all of the kissing and chicken appreciation is over, I hope we can just go back to agreeing that people who don’t eat fast food are better than those who do.

Beaking News! Evolutionary adaptations in bird beaks might be for temperature regulation and water conservation, not just what they eat. Finch, please. Bring the heat.

Bobby Jindal, possible Vice Presidential running mate for the Republican ticket, and governor of Louisiana, is “poised to spend millions of dollars of state money to support the teaching of creationism in private schools” according to Slate. This seems to be totally legal because of the Louisiana Science Education Act, a misnomer if we’ve ever heard one.

A Spokane Valley area newspaper interviewed a woman about her participation in the Freedom From Religion Foundation atheist billboard campaign. I particularly enjoyed the comment from the person who posted as “budlight.” Actually, there are quite a few gems in the comments.

Our BFF Hemant Mehta (aka the Friendly Atheist—the only friendly atheist—zing!) shared a piece from his colleague Daniel Florien, that discusses the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. You can read the whole piece here.

Joe Nickell has a doppelganger. Just look at the picture. No need to read the article.

An About.com writer ostensibly calls his atheist critics illiterate. I’m sure the internet will forgive him for that one.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the analogies made by a writer at The Hill. “Environmental Atheism” makes some comparisons between Madalyn Murray O’Hair being an atheist and Republicans being climate change deniers. I have no idea how they lumped these things together.

On the other side of the debate are the global-warming deniers. They share the same passion as the famed atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and nothing gives them greater pleasure than poking holes in the arguments of the environmental movement.

What is this I don’t even? The comments on that are also pretty astute.

We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Gore Vidal following his passing this week. The New York Times has a beautiful piece discussing the life and work of Vidal.

In awesome SPACE NEWS, a NASA satellite will be used to confirm the landing of the Curiosity Mars rover.

And today, in a segment I’d like to call “First World Problems—UK Edition,” a mother explains:

I have asked an old friend to be godmother to my daughter. I thought she’d be pleased but I received a terse email explaining that, as she doesn’t believe in God, she doesn’t think it would be appropriate. I don’t want to beg her, but I would like her to have some part in the christening regardless. Or should I just ask someone else?

The advice columnists gave reasonable answers, but I would have said, “Either tell your friend to get over because I bet she says ‘the sun rises’ but doesn’t actually believe in geocentrism, or accept that your friend is kind of a jerk.” Hey, I’m a professional atheist and I went to my nephew’s baptism. If I can do it, you can do it. End of advice.

Alright. I’ve sinned enough for one day.

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