The Magnitude of Suffering that Exists in the World

December 02, 2016

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

At the Arizona Daily Star, Gil Shapiro pens an op-ed on the threats to secularism posed by a Trump administration, and brings us in:

Eddie Tabash, a constitutional lawyer and Chair of the Center for Inquiry, our nation’s leading secular think tank stated, “We are concerned that Christianity will be used as an excuse if not a weapon to limit and deny many Americans their Constitutional rights.” 

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Careful the Spell You Cast

December 01, 2016

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As many of us feared, anti-vaxxers have been emboldened by Trump's victory, particularly their quack pseudo-prophet, Andrew Wakefield, who apparently got to meet with Trump during the campaign, and who told STAT:

For the first time in a long time, I feel very positive about this, because Donald Trump is not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry. ... He didn’t rely upon [drug makers] to get him elected. And he’s a man who seems to speak his mind and act accordingly. 

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This Wallowing Notion of Freedom

November 30, 2016

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Well, they got me. My Quote of the Day yesterday was premised on a fake Trump tweet, and I feel really stupid. The fake, it is everywhere. My apologies.

NONETHELESS, CFI has officially come out in opposition to the REAL tweet in which Trump called for the criminalization of flag burning. CFI president Ron Lindsay:

If America stands for anything, it is the fundamental human right to free speech, which includes the right to express dissent and criticism of one’s own government... 

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We Are Not in the Fourteenth Century

November 29, 2016

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Today is Giving Tuesday, which you probably already know due to the emails piling up in your inbox from do-gooder nonprofits like us. But make no mistake, the incoming administration is not one that is friendly to things like science, reason, facts, or free expression. We're ready to take it on, so come and join us

At a time when millions are nostalgic for an America that probably never was, the Point of Inquiry team thought it would be a good time to rebroadcast a 2013 interview with conservative political humorist PJ O'Rourke

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Let Him Be Struck with Palsy and All His Members Blasted

November 28, 2016

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Has your life been empty over the past week? Did you feel like your soul had been sucked into a swirling vortex of nothingness? You'd probably presume that's because there was no Morning Heresy all last week. But now we're back, and oh look, that swirling vortex is still there. Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.

OMG there's so much stuff to catch up on.

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Souls Could Be at Risk

November 18, 2016

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Washington State Sen. Doug Ericksen says protests could be considered "economic terrorism" and wants to make participating in demonstrations a felony.

Education Week looks at Trump's voucher plan for public schools, and some states' Blaine amendments may be one of the only roadblocks to public funding of religious schools.  

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Beautiful, Spiritual, Helpful, Controlling, Lucrative, Great Fun, or Simply Stupid

November 17, 2016

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The theme for today is fakery, fake-ness, go ahead fake my day, fake my wife please, have your fake and eat it too, fake a penny leave a penny, John Fake-ob Jingleheimer Schmidt, fake me a cake as fast as you can, fake me when it's over, and virulent in-fake-tions.

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A Cabal of Vicious Zealots

November 16, 2016

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Because of some news we're working on, this has to be super quick.

Ensaf Haidar, global activist and wife of imprisoned Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, writes to Donald Trump in Newsweek:

We must support those who, from within, challenge Islamic law and fight for freedom of speech, press, religion on a daily basis. Those brave young women and men like Raif. ... Let it also be your mission, President-elect Trump. I urge you to help me secure Raif’s release, as well as all prisoners of conscience around the world. 

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Bad People Will Be Stuck in a World Turned to Hell

November 15, 2016

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Today is Openly Secular Day, and I have to tell you, this is the time to make yourself known, folks. If you can, tell one person today

Larry Decker, chief of the Secular Coalition for America (of which CFI is a member) is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, talking with Josh Zepps about - what else? - the bloody election.

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I Say it Right to the Camera

November 14, 2016

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Tomorrow is Openly Secular Day, your chance to take the Tell One Person pledge, and if you're nearby, attend the Openly Secular Day flagship event with Julia Sweeney, Hemant Mehta, and Rebecca Markert in Madison, Wisconsin. 

White nationalist, conspiracy monger, and faux journalist Steve Bannon will be President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist. Trump's lead domestic policy advisor for the transition is Ken Blackwell, who believes you can convert the gays. Ben Carson, who has wacky ideas about evolution and what the pyramids were for, may be our next education secretary.

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