Hard for a Normal Person

October 20, 2016

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At the mercifully-final debate last night, Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, even when pressed by Chris Wallace. "I will look at it at the time. I will keep you in suspense." This of course hinges on Trump's frequent claims that there is a conspiracy to deny him the presidency. There was also stuff about "bad hombres" and calling Hillary Clinton both "a puppet" for no reason, and "a nasty woman."

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Saltwater Cousins

October 19, 2016

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Sarah Posner has a must-read at NYT on the stakes for evangelicals in the 2016 election, and their confused and wrought support for Trump: 

By hitching their wagon to Mr. Trump, religious-right leaders are also tying their fortunes to the alt-right, the predominant movement supportive of, and bolstered by, the Trump campaign. As a largely secular movement, though, the alt-right not only is uninterested in the religious right’s concerns, it also threatens to eclipse the religious right within the Republican Party. And it’s a movement simmering with racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.   

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Something to Do with Obama

October 18, 2016

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It's a Radfordpalooza! A clownucopia! Ben Radford brings his scary clown expertise back in-house as the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry.

In Skeptical Inquirer, Matt Nisbet considers whether labeling GMO foods might actually have the effect of normalizing them, rather than seeming like some spooky "franken-food."

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They Might Have Honked

October 17, 2016

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After the Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton, their first endorsement of a Democrat in over a century, the paper is deluged with harassment and death threats. The paper's president, Mi-Ai Parrish, responds with admirable resolve.

In a surprisingly huge climate agreement, 170 countries sign on to significantly cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which is used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

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700,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

October 14, 2016

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Through what is now the Secular Rescue program, CFI helped Bangladeshi secular writer Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, better known as Tutul, get the heck out of there when he was targeted for death. That was great. Now, he's the winner of the 2016 PEN International Writer of Courage award. That is also really great. 

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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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