Atheist Airplanes vs. the Angels

July 15, 2013

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

Zimmerman thinks it was "God's plan" for him to kill Trayvon. God needs to rethink some of his plans.

CFI CEO Ron Lindsay joined the panel on HuffPost Live to talk about the unceasing (and rather muddled) search for proof of God's existence.  

Congratulations to James Randi who just married Devyi Pena, his partner of 27 years. 

Gary Wills on the complicated politics and symbolism of turning popes into saints. 

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Two Heffernans in One Heresy

July 12, 2013

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Malala Yousafzai will address the UN today, and moments ago she was greeted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Michelle Boorstein explores how the very word "religion" has become problematic, even to believers. 

The CFI Hammer of Reason™ is not done with you yet, Google! Go see our action alert and tell the folks in Mountain View to check their consciences and stop funding climate change deniers. 

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PayPal Me for Magic Missile

July 11, 2013

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UN: Knock-knock.

Vatican: Who's there?

UN:
 United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Vatican:
 "United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child" who? . . .

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

July 10, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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