The Morning Heresy 4/16/12: Ale Mary

April 16, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Ron Lindsay on Chris Mooney's The Republican Brain

[It's] an important book. It advances a thesis that, if true, has significant implications for psychology, politics, and public policy. The book marshals a wide array of research in support of its thesis, and this research is accurately and perceptively summarized. However, I don’t believe there is sufficient evidence to support the book’s central claims. 

The National Day of Reason approaches! CFI has resources for folks who want to celebrate the day. Our friends in San Francisco have a chance to ask Mayor Edward Lee to proclaim a city-wide Day of Reason: see the petition here!  

 

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The Morning Heresy 4/13/12: Whoop Howls

April 13, 2012

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Scientific American Mind long-form piece on the happiness (or lack thereof) of nonbelievers 

Nonbelievers are considered immoral, untrustworthy and, in the U.S., among the least likely to be elected president. A handful of states’ constitutions even ban atheists from holding public office. Worst of all, a large body of research suggests that, as compared with religious individuals, people who lack a creed are less likely to be healthy and happy—surely the two most important earthly concerns—and tend to lose out on at least seven years of life, some estimates suggest. Several large-scale population studies have reinforced a single premise: the more you engage with religious activities, the better off you are. 

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The Morning Heresy 4/12/12: Woodrow Wilson’s Head Explodes

April 12, 2012

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Hemant: Jessica Ahlquist is still under siege in Cranston 

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) on April 28 to introduce new group for victims of merciless childhood peers, and not a moment too soon, with founding of ABAC: Adults Bullied As Children

"These debilitating experiences may carry lifelong emotional consequences and the impact of our pain from having been bullied can be shared and alleviated in a safe, secular self-empowering mutual support group setting; the group dynamic can provide acceptance, strength, and energy in order to overcome, to grow, to feel appropriately good about ourselves both collectively and individually."

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The Morning Heresy 4/11/12: $23-an-ounce Tube of Water

April 11, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Ron Lindsay casts a skeptical eye on Chris Mooney's new book's thesis (as expressed in this week's Point of Inquiry)

CFI's Dren Asselmeier on religious conservatives' fuzzy thinking on gay rights and church-state separation (with a fun George Takei picture)

What else happened yesterday? Oh yeah: Santorum bows to the inevitable

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The Morning Heresy 4/10/12: Ralph Reed, Friend to Atheists

April 10, 2012

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CNN: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) says there is probably no such thing as atheists because we have "in God we trust" on our money. I don't understand the rest of what he said, either.

Ironically, Ralph Reed gives the far more generous take on atheists' chances and qualifications for serving in public office 

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The Morning Heresy 4/9/12: Assimilate This

April 09, 2012

Here's hoping you survived the spookiest holiday of them all this weekend. Speaking of which, Easter brought about some interesting opining in the media on attitudes toward religion, and the Sunday shows did their usual parading of a bunch of religious pundits to talk about faith and whatnot. Let's have a look.

 

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The Morning Heresy 4/6/12: Holy Vodka

April 06, 2012

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CFI's Office of Public Policy tells Health and Human Services not to require acupuncture be covered by insurance

By the way, we know many of you disagree with this position, and have been telling us so. We welcome the debate and discussion -- just don't poke us with anything sharp 

CFI-Indiana's Reba Wooden talks to local radio station WFHB about (award-winning) "Living without Religion" billboard

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The Morning Heresy 4/5/12: Put-Upon Pups

April 05, 2012

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Anne Klaeysen of the New York Society for Ethical Culture in NYT disses "In God We Trust" on currency

Austin Dacey and Pamela Takiff hold a discussion on blasphemy at the UN

RNS: President Obama delivers "mini-sermon" for Easter prayer breakfast, because that's totally the president's job

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The Morning Heresy 4/4/12: It Burns!

April 04, 2012

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Michael De Dora blogs: Vast majority of voters, including Republicans, want a science-focused presidential debate

Greta Christina really, really wants you to go to the "barn-burner" that will be Women in Secularism Conference -- and so do we! 

Trump is now anti-vax (is that bad or good?)

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The Morning Heresy 4/3/12: Bigfoot for Governor

April 03, 2012

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Happy birthday to SSA's Jesse Galef, who also served as official press wrangler for the Reason Rally! Well done, my friend. Jesse turns, I think, 12 today.

NCSE: Oklahoma anti-science education bill dead (for now) 

Not even the widow of Ted Kennedy is safe from the institutional tut-tutting of Catholic bishops 

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