The Morning Heresy 5/21/12: A Deep and Undulating Whoop

May 21, 2012

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Now that was a conference!

This was no egg-headed snoozer, this was no reiteration of why we like Darwin so much (not that there's anything wrong with those). The Women in Secularism conference was as fantastic, fulfilling, and enlightening an event as we could ever have hoped. Once a glimmer in Melody Hensley's eye, it brought together an excellent mix of thinkers and personalities that had everyone opening their eyes to new perspectives. (Oh, and Jennifer Michael Hecht gave a poetry reading -- how cool is that?) There's a lot already, as you'll see below, that's being said about this past weekend, and I'm sure it's only the beginning.  

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The Morning-ish Heresy 5/18/12: Bio-Adjusting Mattress

May 18, 2012

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Tonight marks the start of the much-talked-about Women in Secularism conference, and I have a feeling this is going to be an event that will really get the gears turning for folks in the movement. I suspect a lot of content generation will result.

 

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The Morning Heresy 5/17/12: Un-liked

May 17, 2012

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First things first. As our Facebook followers know, we uploaded a bunch of photos yesterday from the Castles along the Rhine cruise ("It went well, thanks," reported our boss), and while this usually is a non-event where all the images happily snuggle together in one fell swoop in a photo album, something went terribly pear-shaped with our program, and every single photo went into folks' news feeds individually, littering people's Facebook homepages with pleasant-yet-relentless images of happy secularists and scenic European vistas.

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The Morning Heresy 5/16/12: Tugging on My Kuiper Belt

May 16, 2012

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Urgent new action alert: The House version of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act strips away crucial protections based on sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. We need you to take action right now to oppose this version of the bill, and to tell the House to take up the Senate version, which CFI supported

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The Morning Heresy 5/15/12: They Can’t Burn Our Internet

May 15, 2012

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Everyone at CFI is feeling like a proud parent today, because our plucky podcast is getting some well-overdue accolades from the mainstream press. Hyperactive news website Business Insider named our own Point of Inquiry one of the 10 best podcasts, grouping it with such shows as Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! and Anderson Cooper 360. We are beaming! Our sincere congratulations to hosts Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas, and producer Adam Isaak! (And yeah, we'll be making more noise about this, because that's what proud parents do.)

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The Morning Heresy 5/14/12: Share the Meat

May 14, 2012

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CFI's suit to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana is sparking more attention.

Indy Star columnist Erika Smith looks at the state of marriage equality in Indiana, and says:

What Obama said was inspiring and what the Center for Inquiry is doing is amazing.

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The Morning Heresy 5/11/12: Bottomless Chum Bucket

May 11, 2012

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CFI-Indiana director Reba Boyd Wooden and member John Kiel do a great job being interviewed on WSBT television on CFI's efforts to end religious privilege in solemnizing marriages in Indiana. Reba says, "We shouldn't be forced to portray ourselves as religious. We should be able to [solemnize marriages] under a secular certification."

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Obama and Marriage Equality: The Inspirational, the Cynical, and the Practical

May 10, 2012

I am of three minds on Obama's endorsement of gay marriage yesterday. (I have a very big head, and can easily accomodate all three minds within my spacious skull.) I am equal parts inspired, cynical, and pragmatic. Allow me to parse it out.

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The Morning Heresy 5/10/12: Cortical Gyrification

May 10, 2012

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While millions celebrated yesterday what was a huge move forward, symbolically at least, for LGBT marriage equality, CFI championed marriage equality of another kind in Indiana.

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The Morning Heresy 5/9/12: You and the Bus

May 09, 2012

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She of the Heated Phone Interview, Greta Christina, talks to AHA's Roy Speckhardt, who was part of the hiring committee that chose Edwina Rogers to head the SCA.  

Hearing Roy's thinking on all of this reinforces for me what I noted in my reactions to Greta's interview with Rogers herself, that the emphasis here is on raw realpolitik.

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