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November 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Millions of People Will Suffer

November 11, 2016

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Eddie Tabash, Chair of CFI's Board of Directors, and a man who could crush your bones just by looking at you askance, tells the CFI community that in a Trump presidency, "We will face the greatest threats to our freedoms and our values that many of us have ever seen..."

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People Do Not Go On To Do Good Things When They Are Scared

November 10, 2016

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

Kimberly Winston at RNS takes a first look at the implications of a Trump presidency on the freethought movement. She gets some thoughts from assorted secular groups' leaders, oh, and me too:

Paul Fidalgo, director of communications for the Center for Inquiry, said the election of Trump will send the organization back to its roots — the promotion of evidence-based reasoning and provable facts. “It is time for the secular community to gear up big-time because we should expect, once again, the basic tenets of secularism are going to be challenged very, very hard,” Fidalgo said. “That is the reality.”

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We Are Being Asked the Impossible

November 09, 2016

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

Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.  

Scientists are scared

Stephen Law, provost of CFI–UK, asks for a discussion of who to blame...

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Don’t Boo, Goat!

November 08, 2016

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Deep breath. Did you vote? You're gonna, right? I totally did. But I think I may have accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan. Hashtag-jokes-from-16-years-ago.

Holy crap was that actually 16 years ago?  

Anyway, this psychic goat says Hillary Clinton will be elected. However, a monkey, some dogs, and a shark have predicted the race for Donald Trump. Me, I tend to trust goats more, but the facts in favor of a Trump victory are compelling. So who knows.

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Culmination of the Conspiratorial

November 07, 2016

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Edge of the abyss. I am ready to jump. Happy Monday.

I, Paul Fidalgo, your Morning Heretic, am quoted in an Associated Press piece on how facts have been beaten to a bloody pulp lately. 

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Somehow Disintegrated

November 04, 2016

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Yesterday, the intrepid Justin Scott got Iowa governor Terry Branstad on camera, and asked him about outreach to nonreligious voters. His response was that they need to be "preached" to, and that parents need to get their kids into church. Yep. That's how he thinks we should get the "nones" involved in politics. We couldn't let this go, so we got Cody Hashman, our director of the Openly Secular campaign, to comment:

For a sitting governor to assert that church and religious belief are the way into political involvement is deeply disappointing. As an Iowan, I would hope our governor would look to connect with his secular constituents, not convert them. Don’t preach to us, governor. Reach out to us. 

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