I’m a Monster Hunter, Basically

September 30, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

I'm a little behind schedule here because 1) It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, 2) we just launched the big-deal Secular Rescue program to save people's lives, 3) we had a matching gift that we blew past last night which is freaking amazing, and 4) Free Inquiry is running the "blasphemous" cartoon that got Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar arrested and then shot, in support of the right to free expression.

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Make Your Face Boil

September 29, 2016

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Day four of our "blasphemy week" action items is here, and it's time to take action. See what you can do to make a difference

I was delighted yesterday by two, yes two, Christian news outlets for two very different reasons. First, Rev. Mark Woods of Christian Today wrote in strong support of blasphemy rights and International Blasphemy Rights Day...

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The Fear is Not There

September 28, 2016

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Today in the week's run-up to International Blasphemy Rights Day, we're asking you to spread the word, share what you know and what you feel is important about the fight for free expression. The Gospel Herald reports on our efforts.

The head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemns the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, saying, "This crime constitutes a grave attack on freedom of expression and affects Jordanian society as a whole." 

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Establishment Claus is Coming to Town

September 27, 2016

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Well, that was exciting! Now this isn't a roundup of general politics news of course, but I can tell you that Donald Trump denied that he denied the reality of climate change, and there was confusion as to whether his staff was deleting tweets in which he denied it (they weren't), and then later said that global warming was not a major crisis. He also continued to spin his ever-evolving tale of his role in birtherism conspiracy mongering, but nothing new there, other than perhaps being notable for its brazenness...

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Ugh

September 26, 2016

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CFI is the freight train of freethought, I tell ya. This past weekend we held a very moving, evocative, and inspiring Women in Secularism 4 conference, one of those "trust me, you wish you'd been there" kind of events. I did my best to give a sense of what was happening at CFI Live, so go check it out now

And THIS week, we're all-in on defending dissent, because International Blasphemy Rights Day is this Friday. So starting today and every day this week, we're giving you a little something to do to help make an impact in the struggle for free expression (with some badass memes), culminating in a big announcement on Friday. Come back every day this week to the Campaign for Free Expression.

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Your Brain in a Fridge

September 22, 2016

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I'm hopping on another plane today for yet another conference, this time it's the long-awaited Women in Secularism 4, where once again we'll be running the CFI Live blog to cover it all as it happens. Bookmark it! Do it!

Kimberly Winston at RNS reports on new data from PRRI which tells us something which confirms what you probably already thought: The rise of the nones is not primarily a result of some unhappy experiences relating to religion, or because of the anti-progressive bent of faiths. They just stopped believing in it...

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Ta République!

September 21, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Women in Secularism 4 is just two days away, and we're bringing back the CFI Live website for coverage and analysis of the event as it happens, just like we did with the Reason Rally, although hopefully with less sweating. Bookmark centerforinquiry.live now and come back to it Friday!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit makes the Town of Greece SCOTUS decision even worse, by okaying the practice of lawmakers themselves being allowed to offer explicitly sectarian prayers at public meetings, to the exclusion of all others.

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Misinterpreted as Marketing

September 20, 2016

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Holy freaking crap: Pigeons can READ:

After narrowing down to the four brightest birds out of 18, over eight months of training, the advanced-class pigeons were taught to distinguish four-letter words from non-words...

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These Presidents Go To 11

September 19, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Emma Green at The Atlantic has a fascinating interview with Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of Village Atheists, and they cover a lot of territory about atheist combativeness, the religious view of atheist women as "monsters," and more. 

The presidential polls have tightened, for some reason. Perhaps it's cosmic forces preordaining a Trump victory...

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Misperceive, Mischaracterize, and Misremember

September 16, 2016

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Another quick one today, because oh, me-oh my-oh, goin' to CFI–Northeast Ohio, for their big biannual conference, where they're actually going to have me talk. Big mistake.

More interviews with CSICon speakers! CSICon's website is turning into like a Fresh Air for skeptics, and Susan Gerbic is Terry Gross! This time we have science communicator and biotech enthusiast Kevin Folta

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