In the Pocket of Big Egg

January 08, 2016

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A working group of 24 geoscientists says, welcome to the Anthropocene epoch. It still remains for the International Commission on Stratigraphy (say that three times fast) to make it "official." You can read more about the Anthropocene in the Feb/March 2013 cover feature of Free Inquiry.

Joel Baden and Candida Moss look at the efforts of the Green family (of Hobby Lobby infamy) to buy up rare biblical antiquities. Once again, I refer you to previous coverage of said subject in Free Inquiry (subscribers only).

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Our Goal is Eternity

January 07, 2016

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore tells state courts that they may not issue same-sex marriage licenses. Refusing to do so is a "ministerial duty," he says. WHAT A GUY.  

Marco Rubio goes the Full Jesus in a new ad, in which he says, over a sweet and mellow piano underscore...

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A Codification of Common Sense

January 06, 2016

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Good morning. Oh hey, North Korea says it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. So. The AP has a running post of updates on developments, condemnations, expressions of outrage, skepticism, and the like.

Yesterday, we filed a brief with the Supreme Court on the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, a.k.a. the big Texas abortion case. But rather than advancing the general cause of a woman's right to end her pregnancy (which we of course wholeheartedly support), we are joined by a dream-team of scientists and the Dawkins Foundation in arguing that the evidence being presented by the state in favor of onerous restrictions on abortion providers is based largely on pseudoscience and manufactured controversy, and that there's no way the Supremes can make an informed judgment about constitutional rights based on nonsense faux-evidence.

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Validated by a Flock of Geese

January 05, 2016

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Our boss Ron Lindsay, rather quick on the draw I'm happy to say, takes to Huffington Post to confront the latest madness from Antonin Scalia, and the idea that government ought to favor religion over nonreligion:

Neutrality between religion and non-religion is for Scalia not only something that lacks constitutional warrant, but, disturbingly, he also maintains that such neutrality risks incurring the wrath of God or, at best, his indifference. Apparently, the United States cannot expect to prevail in any future conflicts if we show equal respect to theist and atheist alike.

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Sucker Bet

January 04, 2016

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Happy new year. Not looking good so far:

Saudi Arabia executes 47 people for "terrorism," including Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shia religious leader, charged with leading anti-government demonstrations. (We were among those protesting his sentencing in November.) Iran is extremely pissed about this, and while also fuming over the massive death toll of the hajj stampedes in September, cuts diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia. So I'm sure this will all work itself out calmly.  

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In the Year of Our Trump

December 31, 2015

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If ever there was a year that needed to be kicked out into the cold, dark night, it's 2015. Or, as future historians will one day refer to it, 1 BT (Before Trump). 

RNS's Lauren Markoe rounds up some of the notable figures in religion who died in 2015, and perhaps due to a friendly tip from a certain heretical link-blogger, the list includes Avijit Roy, "a champion of secularism." 

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The Din of Our Rice Krispies

December 30, 2015

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CNN gives a nod to Skeptical Inquirer, specifically a Bruce Martin piece from 1998, in a look at spooky coincidences and "synchronicities." (Alas, nothing about shouting over the din of our Rice Krispies, or something crawling to the surface from the bottom of a dark Scottish lake.)

A poll by the AP shows, troublingly, that a huge majority of Americans rank Christians' religious freedoms over other faiths, ranking Muslims last (who are nearly tied with the nonreligious). 

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Authority Over the Airways

December 29, 2015

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Joshua Hammer covers the crisis for secularists in Bangladesh in depth at the New York Times Magazine.

Science advocacy wunderkind Zack Kopplin, at the Daily Beastgets a look inside the Discovery Institute, with insights from a former employee of the creationism-promoting, faux-science outfit. 

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No Mastermind

December 28, 2015

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So there was going to be a Heresy post on Christmas Eve, but what had started as a bout of influenza turned into several other uncomfortable and non-life-threatening conditions, and the long and the short of it is that I was laid up. I'm never really "healthy," let's be honest.  

The New York Times decries the "anti-science" ban on the study of gun violence placed on the CDC:

Imagine if the tobacco industry had been similarly favored by Congress with a ban on federal research about cigarette deaths. Imagine, too, if the auto industry had such a shield during the years when the government successfully fought unsafe cars in the cause of public health. 

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Jake and the Neverland Psychics

December 23, 2015

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NYT's Laurie Goodstein explores how in the midst of terror attacks and fears over ISIS, "some Muslims are beginning to publicly confront the uncomfortable questions that non-Muslims have about Islam and violence, and trying to provide answers, both through words and through the example of how they live their lives." 

In a feature at WaPo, Greg Jaffe looks at how President Obama's faith has informed his view of himself as a uniter, and how things haven't worked out they way he'd hoped.

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