I Am Just a Little Fish

April 26, 2017

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

Here's a cool thing: In the latest Richard Dawkins Foundation newsletter just out this morning, we have an exclusive excerpt from Annabelle Gurwitch's new book Wherever You Go, There They Are, provided just for us by Gurwitch herself. Remember, she's chatting with Dawkins in Boulder on May 22

The creator of the misogynistic "Red Pill" men's rights Reddit forum, "pk_atheist," is revealed by Bonnie Bacarisse of The Daily Beast to be New Hampshire GOP state legislator Robert Fisher. In one example posting, Fisher says, "I'm going to say it- Rape isn't an absolute bad, because the rapist I think probably likes it a lot. I think he'd say it's quite good, really." 

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Nobody Cares about Polar Bears

April 25, 2017

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

The Morning Heresy now salutes Josh Zepps as we post his final episode hosting Point of Inquiry. He's got an awesome guest: SETI's Jill Tarter. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TO POINT OF INQUIRY?!?!?! Sssshhhh. Patience. All will become clear in time. 

Our own Michael De Dora and Nick Little coauthor an op-ed running at Religion News Service making the case that America's true "first freedom" is not the free exercise of religion, but freedom from religion...

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Homeopathic Parachute

April 24, 2017

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

Excellent marching, everyone. Seemed like the Marches for Science turned out to be a pretty big deal. Hey look! There's us! Here's CFI–Michigan's Jennifer Beahan in a Facebook video explaining why her group was taking part in the Lansing march. 

Science (the magazine) profiles some of the people behind the march and its organization. 

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A Thousand Separate Indignities

April 21, 2017

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They actually did it. Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses, deeming the sect to be "extremist," and confiscating its property.

PolitiFact now offers a list of known fake-news websites that you can check against. 

This is by no means a complete list of offenders. Nor does it mean every post on these websites is fake. But in most cases, these sites work hard to fool readers, and you should take that into consideration if should you see a link being shared from one.  

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If You Push Something

April 20, 2017

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

First off: Get your hot-off-the-servers edition of Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter

So Bill O'Reilly became too toxic for Fox News, and out he goes. But don't get too excited. Jesse Waters and Eric Bolling are getting promoted on the air, and O'Reilly's show will be taken over by the loathsome Tucker Carlson. Same as it ever was.

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So You’ve Been Transformed into a Paperclip

April 19, 2017

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The world will not be destroyed today by the giant asteroid that's passing by the planet. So, I still have to do The Morning Heresy. #ThanksObama 

SCOTUS still intends to rule on the Trinity Luther Church case, even though Missouri's governor changed state policy to allow the church to apply for government funds. The ACLU and Americans United are calling on the Court to declare the case moot. 

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Strategically Placed Seals

April 18, 2017

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On climate change, Bill McKibben goes after the real enemy: Justin Trudeau. Wait. What?

Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things. ... But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tar sands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet. 

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Something Fundamentally Human

April 17, 2017

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The National Bureau of Economic Research releases a study saying that the folks who are the most blindingly hyper-partisan are oder Americans, those who use the Internet the least. Oh-HO! Whose bubble is filtered now??? 

Mashal Khan, the Pakistani atheist student killed by a mob of fellow students over blasphemy allegations, had criticized his university and its chancellor in a video interview.

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Try Shaming

April 14, 2017

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

Happy Friday. Here are some ways we'll all be made sick or put in peril by the administration's reversal of climate regulations. 

Hey maybe there are more atheists in the U.S. than we thought. If a novel study from the University of Kentucky is correct, it could be that as much as a quarter of the population or more is non-believing. But that's a pretty big "if," and other experts are skeptical. (Interestingly, the number of Republican atheists, according to this way of surveying folks, is about zero.)

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Bad Climatologists

April 13, 2017

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Dina Ali Lasloom of Saudi Arabia was reportedly detained at an airport in the Philippines as she was attempting to seek asylum in Australia. In a video, she says, "If my family comes they will kill me, if I go back to Saudi Arabia I will be dead." 

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