The Morning Heresy 8/7/12: Mars Attacks!

August 7, 2012

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

Today’s morning heretics are Dren Asselmeier and Cody Hashman. Paul is out, I think to find himself through reading Kerouac and fly tying (or just enjoying the new addition to his family), and will be returning on August 13th.

Look out, Olympics, here come the mathletes to steal your thunder! I know we nerds at the Center for Inquiry were all excited to watch the landing of the Curiosity rover Sunday night. If you missed it, check NASA.gov to see the images, or read the articles from ReutersLos Angeles Times, or The Washington Post.

From Reuters:

Obama himself issued a statement hailing the Curiosity landing as “an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future…It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.”

Awesome!

Speaking of science that is real, did you know that there is such a thing as gem therapy? This is not to be confused with Jem therapy, however.

There was an interesting opinion piece about the separation of church and state published in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers website has an article up asking the Virginia Chaplaincy to facilitate humanist services.

GOP insider reflects on how his political party has been taken over by religious theocrats and anti-intellectualism.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation awards 12 year old Maia Disbrow for her freethought activism with an award of $1,000.

Check out the video of Hitchens’ last public talk at the Texas Freethought Convention.

David McAfee interviewed the leader of the Global Secular Humanist Movement.

And finally, the latest iteration of “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” is a discussion between Surly Amy and Michael Payton, National Director of Centre for Inquiry Canada.

Quote of the Day   

We are all . . . children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future.

— Ray Bradbury, Mars and the Mind of Man, 1973

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