An Amazing Bastardization

October 13, 2016

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Is there a difference between religious freedom and religious liberty? Stephanie Russell-Kraft at Religion Dispatches explains that to religious conservatives, the answer is hell yes: "Liberty is the language of exemption," she writes, showing how the word has deep associations among the religious with Christianity as the nation's moral center.

Ruth Graham at Slate looks at the next generation of pro-life activists, and here's a thing: a lot of them are secular...

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We Don’t Know, Therefore We Do Know

October 12, 2016

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You may have heard that Glenn Beck has now endorsed Hillary Clinton, but this is not quite right. He did, however, give the go-ahead to vote for her:

It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity [Trump, obvs]. If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice. 

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Gas Music from Jupiter

October 11, 2016

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Do you like The Morning Heresy? Forget I asked that. Do you like the work done by CFI? There we go, of course you do. Well let me tell you, this is the time to support that work, because Louis Appignani is offering to match every donation up to a quarter million dollars! This is a big, big deal. The thing is, we have to actually meet the quarter-million goal by December 31. So it's also a big challenge. So, you know, help out! Double your power and keep me employed. Forget that last part. Help us advance science and reason!  

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The Last Spasm

October 10, 2016

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So!

Um.

How was your weekend?

...

Good! Good. Mine was fine.

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We Made Him Up, That’s Fine

October 07, 2016

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Hurricane Matthew is turning out to be a real horror story, almost malevolently pummeling an area and then coming back for more. Note how I ascribe a kind of agency to the storm in a rhetorical flourish. But 'ah-ha,' say the conspiracy theorists, as THEY know the truth: That the storm is either 1) mostly fictional, and being exaggerated in order to scare people about climate change, or 2) actually engineered by the U.S. government, at the order of President Obama, so that it might destroy Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago. 

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Et Tu, Pencé?

October 06, 2016

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Y'all will like this. Julia Belluz at Vox (who's gonna be at CSICon!) reports on a big trial study in Uganda aimed at figuring out how best to teach kids to spot bullshit health claims:

This study could be the beginning of a recipe book for how create little armies of bullshit detectors. These bullshit detectors would, in theory, be able to tell the difference between a helpful kind of doctor and a Dr. Oz, a useful medicine and a harmful one, and whether a study was designed to give reliable answers. In a world so chock full of hogwash health advice, anything that moves us in the direction of that goal is worth paying attention to.

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Criminal Aliens

October 05, 2016

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What I miss? What I miss? I was off for a couple of days, regenerating in my Borg alcove. Stef McGraw, I tell you, she does such a great job on the Heresy when I'm away. Maybe I should just have her do it every day. You hear that Stef?

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A cinnamon bun, a bagel, and a pretzel

October 04, 2016

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Today's Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw. I don't know where Paul is, so I'm guessing that he's so excited for tonight's vice presidential debate that he took the day off to celebrate.

...which is why I won't be the one to tell Paul that research indicates the VP debate will have little to no effect on actual voting in November.

Remember the Secular Rescue fund that CFI launched last week for International Blasphemy Rights Day? So far we've raised $32,343 to help protect the lives of those facing danger simply for speaking their minds about religion, politics, and other social issues. That's really incredible!

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They don’t make movies like they used to

October 03, 2016

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Today's Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw. I don't know where Paul is, so I'm speculating that the Trump campaign might be trying snatch him away from us—I hear they might need someone with public relations skills.

This past Friday was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and CFI once again took on a leading roleWe got some good press, and we got Bill Donohue on our case, though some would argue that Bill Donohue's disapproval is just as good as anyone's endorsement.

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I’m a Monster Hunter, Basically

September 30, 2016

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I'm a little behind schedule here because 1) It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, 2) we just launched the big-deal Secular Rescue program to save people's lives, 3) we had a matching gift that we blew past last night which is freaking amazing, and 4) Free Inquiry is running the "blasphemous" cartoon that got Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar arrested and then shot, in support of the right to free expression.

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