Go Home, “First Things.” You’re Drunk.

July 10, 2013

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

The CFI Office of Public Policy brought the Hammer of Reason™ down on Google for sponsoring events for climate change deniers like Sen. James Inhofe:

Whatever other interests Google is pursuing in funding these groups and individuals, it is engaging in a malevolent act by aiding those who are dedicated to misleading the public regarding matters of scientific consensus 

James Temple at the San Francisco Chronicle picks up the story (gets a little quote from me) and comes down just as hard...

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There’s No Snow Where You’re Going!!!

July 09, 2013

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

Robert Long at The American Conservative looks at the nonbelief of conservative fixture George Will, who "combines unbelief with a fondness for religion, not a fear of it." CFI, by the way, gets a nod.

The Decatur Daily of Alabama looks at the crisis in Egypt, takes lessons for the U.S., and reaches a conclusion you wouldn't expect from an Alabama newspaper:

While the effort is constantly difficult when a majority of the people in a democracy subscribe to the same faith, government should not be used as a tool for religion. Both institutions suffer from the combination. Much political acrimony in the United States today arises from this tension. . . . The issue is not whether Christian beliefs are right or wrong, but whether government is the proper institution to promote them.

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The Sermon on the Mount Makes for Lousy Foreign Policy

July 08, 2013

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Rabbi David Wolpe (famous in our circles for his debates with various secu-lebrities) causes a stir as he determines that his conservative synagogue will perform same-sex marriages.

Both Science Friday, with help from Paul Offit; and On the Media, with help from Ben Goldacre, take a skeptical look at alternative medicine.   

Lots of Pope action today. Francis "sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood" with approvals for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. After elevating these guys to celestial awsomeness to hang with God, he then tells priests to stop driving flashy cars.

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Your Atheism Has Been Rated “AAA”

July 05, 2013

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I was horrified this morning, as I clicked on a news item in my Twitter stream about the beheading of a boy in Ghana, whose stepfather allegedly thought he was a wizard or something. That's horrifying enough, but the article also contained, much to my shock, two photographs of the body. (No, I am not providing a link.) I turned away as quickly as I could, but at this moment, and I suspect for some time, that image is now seared onto my brain, and my heart beats faster and more nervously every time it crosses my awareness. . . .

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Freeloaders, Trees, and Lonely Rocks

July 03, 2013

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

RNS's Kimberly Winston looks at the growing phenomenon of homeschooling for humanists.

Luke Dittrich of Esquire publishes a big takedown of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's accounts of the afterlife in Proof of Heaven. The article is behind a paywall, alas, but it's only two bucks. 

Indonesia's parliament passes a "Mass Organization Law" which, among other things, "prohibits groups from committing blasphemy." 

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Tri-Sarah-Tops

July 02, 2013

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

I gotta tell ya, folks. The death of Google Reader has added a dose of entropy to The Morning Heresy that it did not need. Yet I plow ahead.  

CFI's Michael De Dora judges the new, final rules laid down by the HHS on contraceptive coverage exemptions with a very nuanced-but-unmistakable "meh."

Your wrenching, unbearable wait is over! Videos from Women in Secularism 2 are starting to be posted online. (It takes some work to get these up, folks, so you need to have a wee bit of patience.) We've got up now Rebecca GoldsteinKatha Pollitt, and Susan Jacoby.

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A Whole Lot of Open Rebellion

July 01, 2013

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

In what might be the largest political demonstration in human history, millions and millions of Egyptians take to the streets to protest President Mohamed Morsi and the power wielded by the Muslim Brotherhood. 

CFI-NYC was out in force for the NYC Pride Parade! This post's image is of the branch's fearless leader, Syd LeRoy, brandishing the Big Blue Meatball in joyful support of the event.

IHEU has an update on persecuted Bangladeshi atheist blogger Asif Mohiuddin (part of our Campaign for Free Expression):

The court decided yesterday that Asif could be released on health grounds, his lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua confirmed, after suffering deteriorating health during nearly three months of incarceration. Formal charges and a possible trial are still pending for later in the year. 

Also from our Campaign, Asia Bibi, a young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, is reportedly safe in Canada

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I’m Suffering from a Depleted Heliosheath

June 28, 2013

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What would happen if "The Secret" really worked? Kyle Hill lays it out in the latest "Reductio Ad Absurdum" column at CSICOP.org: 

Birthdays would be decidedly more boring. When anyone can simply think themselves a present, you would really have to 'keep Christ in Christmas,' because there wouldn’t be much else.

Marc Crislip concludes from some recent blah-blah about homeopathy and quantum something-something that homeopathy must be the biggest scam in all of scamhood. 

Speaking of which, homeopaths fight their loss of public funding in the UK. Sharon Hill seeks further insight

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Not a Political Act, a Human One

June 27, 2013

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

DOMA is dead, Prop 8 effectively so. We at CFI celebrate a grand step toward being a more perfect union. From our press release, here's Michael De Dora:

DOMA and Prop 8 were betrayals of the secular ideals set forth in our founding documents, relegating LGBT Americans to second-class status. The Court’s rejection of these measures strongly reinforces the idea that religiously based attitudes on sex and marriage will not stand in the way of granting fundamental rights to anyone. 

President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel promise immediate action concerning federal benefits for same-sex spouses. 

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An Example of Something Absurd

June 26, 2013

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

Anything interesting happen yesterday? I wasn't paying attention. Slow news day I guess?

I'm kidding. In the wider world, President Obama outlined a new climate change initiative, and CFI responded with input from CSI Fellows Marc Boslough and Stuart Jordan. (Al Gore liked it way more. The White House has a zippy infographic.)

We were introduced to what Joan Walsh called a feminist superhero in Texas, state senator Wendy Davis, mounts a "badass" filibuster of crazy anti-abortion legislation. (Which did not pass.) ...

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