Concentrated Versions of Various Smelly Things

August 14, 2015

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

Bangladesh police say they've arrested two Islamists in connection to the murder of Niloy Neel.

Research outfit the Barna Group creates a metric to define who is and isn't "post-Christian," and says that despite 78% of Americans identifying as Christian, 44% are post-Christian, an uptick from 37% just two years ago. To me, post-Christian is sooooo 2013. I'm post-paleo-Judeo-skepto-sub-Norse.

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Seeing Carl’s Face

August 13, 2015

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CFI's Michael De Dora was on MSNBC's Road Map for a good amount of time to discuss the crisis for secular bloggers in Bangladesh. Good, important stuff.

90-year-old former president Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer that is spreading. 

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The 100-Billion-Year Bucket List

August 12, 2015

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CFI's Michael De Dora will be on MSNBC today, probably about the time this publishes, talking about the killings in Bangladesh. We'll get the link out as soon as its available. Right now, you can contact your U.S. House representative and tell them to support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's resolution calling on Bangladesh to protect its people.  

Rukhsana Hasib explains the stakes for Bangladesh:

The extremists in Bangladesh, like those in Pakistan, are strongly principled and are willing to kill anyone who opposes their philosophy of a distorted view of Islam. And they are willing to die for their cause. Their philosophy makes them powerful and dangerous.

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The Hospitalities of the Brain

August 11, 2015

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What do the Bangladeshi police do when four atheist bloggers are murdered in one year? Threaten other bloggers with jail

Point of Inquiry this week has Matt Crawford, talking to Josh Zepps about dealing with a world full of distractions and oh hey did you see the new Iowa poll for the GOP primaries and I never watched The Apprentice but of course I don't get cable and...wait, what? 

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My Socks Belong to Jesus

August 10, 2015

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The murder by Islamic militants of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel, the fourth such act of terror this year, is covered with our commentary by outlets such as BloombergMashable, and Voice of America. Nicole Scott writes up the news for Free Inquiry. The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on religious freedom and extrajudicial executions condemn the attack. Al Qaeda claims responsibility, which is not a surprise.

Tragedies aside, the past couple of weeks had a lot of wonderful things going on in the CFI community. Get caught up with the latest Cause & Effect

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August 07, 2015

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

The Heresy is very late today because we've been scrambling over the news of the fourth murder of a secularist blogger in Bangladesh, Niloy Neel. Our statement is here. And our patience has run out.

ESPN profiles, in a rather bewildered tone, the newly-avowed atheist NFL player Arian Foster. You'd think he came out as a different species or something.

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Misinfographical Bigfootage

August 06, 2015

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The Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships releases its reform proposals, something with which CFI's public policy office has been intimately involved. Director of the program, Melissa Rogers, writes in a blog post:

The proposed rules clarify the principle that organizations offering explicitly religious activities may not subsidize those activities with direct federal financial assistance and must separate such activities in time or location from programs supported with direct federal financial assistance.  For example, if a faith-based provider offers a Bible study as well as a federally supported job training program, the Bible study must be privately funded and separated in time or location from the job training program. 

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Look at Our Magic Rock

August 05, 2015

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Well, well, well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveils the little brown rock that Joseph Smith allegedly used to translate, magically, the text on the golden plates (now lost of course!) that became the Book of Mormon. With no HD display and I presume no GPS, I bet that thing gets crazy battery life. Does it come carrier unlocked?

More than 400 clergy sex abuse claims pour in against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A settlement of $21 million is reached with 330 of them.

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Sifting Through Urges

August 04, 2015

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I'm so thrilled about the guest on the latest episode of Point of InquiryLindsay Beyerstein interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates about his new book, justice, civil rights, atheism, and forgiveness (or the lack thereof). Do not miss it.

The Senate fails to block funding for Planned Parenthood. All those who helped us and contacted their senators can now pat themselves on the back.

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Obama’s Exaflop

August 03, 2015

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The 2015 CFI Leadership Conference has come and gone, and it was really great. It was my fourth such event, and I really sensed the generational shift in attitudes and priorities to a degree I never had before. One highlight for me was when Michael De Dora enjoined all attendees to get on their phones to call their U.S. Senators and ask them to oppose S.1881, the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. It was so cool to see an auditorium full of young leaders contacting their lawmakers to make change. Here's the group photo

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