We Are Being Asked the Impossible

November 09, 2016

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Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.  

Scientists are scared

Stephen Law, provost of CFI–UK, asks for a discussion of who to blame...

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Don’t Boo, Goat!

November 08, 2016

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Deep breath. Did you vote? You're gonna, right? I totally did. But I think I may have accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan. Hashtag-jokes-from-16-years-ago.

Holy crap was that actually 16 years ago?  

Anyway, this psychic goat says Hillary Clinton will be elected. However, a monkey, some dogs, and a shark have predicted the race for Donald Trump. Me, I tend to trust goats more, but the facts in favor of a Trump victory are compelling. So who knows.

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Culmination of the Conspiratorial

November 07, 2016

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Edge of the abyss. I am ready to jump. Happy Monday.

I, Paul Fidalgo, your Morning Heretic, am quoted in an Associated Press piece on how facts have been beaten to a bloody pulp lately. 

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Somehow Disintegrated

November 04, 2016

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Yesterday, the intrepid Justin Scott got Iowa governor Terry Branstad on camera, and asked him about outreach to nonreligious voters. His response was that they need to be "preached" to, and that parents need to get their kids into church. Yep. That's how he thinks we should get the "nones" involved in politics. We couldn't let this go, so we got Cody Hashman, our director of the Openly Secular campaign, to comment:

For a sitting governor to assert that church and religious belief are the way into political involvement is deeply disappointing. As an Iowan, I would hope our governor would look to connect with his secular constituents, not convert them. Don’t preach to us, governor. Reach out to us. 

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Squash Us All

November 03, 2016

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I am told that a sports franchise based in Illinois has won a key victory that was a century in the making. Hemant Mehta, besides apparently being a partisan for this athletic faction, is also glad to see the possible end of talk about Cubs curses

Skeptical Inquirer's Ben Radford and CSI Fellow Seth Shostak are both guests on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk Radio. I haven't listened yet, but Ben says they talk about cow butts.

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Amelia the Badass

November 02, 2016

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The D.C. Death with Dignity Act, which we supported, passes 11-2. If you reached out to your councilperson, Washingtonians, thank you. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign it. I should note, however, that Congress has ultimate say over the District, so if they decide to make this a thing, out it goes.

Pope Fluffy pats godless Sweden on the back for taking in asylum seekers, and then puts the kibosh on the idea that women could ever be ordained in his oh-so-fluffy church.

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Corruption, Worldliness, Greed, and Lust for Power

November 01, 2016

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We all just got back from CSICon, and then yesterday my car died in the airport parking lot, so there was no Heresy. Which means I have a lot of catching up to do in this space. Okay. Deep breath.

CSICon: Holy crap what a great conference that was. I can't do it justice here, but I think I did at least a lot of it justice with my blogathon coverage at CFI Live. Go see! 

Today the D.C. city council is going to vote on the Death with Dignity Act, so if you live there, get clicking on our action alert

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The Trivialization of Dead Bodies

October 26, 2016

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This will be the last Morning Heresy of the week, because the rest of my corporeal self will be dedicated solely to CSICon (and my survival of said event). WORRY NOT for I will not be absent from these here internets. INDEED, one need only look once again to CFI Live to see me blog til I can't blog no more about all the stuff going on at CSICon. AND LO, ye shall behold said weblog at centerforinquiry.live! YEA, dot-live.

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The Common Enemies of Humanity

October 25, 2016

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Holy crap everybody, CSICon 2016 is just a couple of days away, and I may or may not be freaking out. You'll have to just wonder.

Thomas Larson at the UK magazine Church and State explores nontheistic nomenclature, in particular the choice to identify or not identify by the word "atheist." CFI's Tom Flynn gets a quick mention and a video of one of his talks is included. ... 

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Christopher Marlowe is My Co-Pilot

October 24, 2016

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Catch up with a fortnight's worth of CFI activity in one easy-to-read roundup, the latest Cause & Effect newsletter

The editorial board of The Oklahoman tells its readers to vote to have Article II, Section 5, which forbids funding religious activities with tax dollars, nixed from the state constitution...and we're one of the reasons:

In other states with constitutional provisions similar to Article II, Section 5, radical secularists have used those provisions to justify similar lawsuits that defy common sense. The Council for Secular Humanism sued to prevent church-affiliated halfway houses in Florida from providing state-funded drug rehab assistance.  

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