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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Pig Heads

October 21, 2016

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Clinton and Trump flanked Cardinal Dolan and jokes were told. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Conatus News profiles our tireless CFI–Indiana executive director Reba Boyd Wooden, who also runs our Secular Celebrant program. 

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Hard for a Normal Person

October 20, 2016

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At the mercifully-final debate last night, Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, even when pressed by Chris Wallace. "I will look at it at the time. I will keep you in suspense." This of course hinges on Trump's frequent claims that there is a conspiracy to deny him the presidency. There was also stuff about "bad hombres" and calling Hillary Clinton both "a puppet" for no reason, and "a nasty woman."

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Saltwater Cousins

October 19, 2016

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Sarah Posner has a must-read at NYT on the stakes for evangelicals in the 2016 election, and their confused and wrought support for Trump: 

By hitching their wagon to Mr. Trump, religious-right leaders are also tying their fortunes to the alt-right, the predominant movement supportive of, and bolstered by, the Trump campaign. As a largely secular movement, though, the alt-right not only is uninterested in the religious right’s concerns, it also threatens to eclipse the religious right within the Republican Party. And it’s a movement simmering with racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.   

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Something to Do with Obama

October 18, 2016

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It's a Radfordpalooza! A clownucopia! Ben Radford brings his scary clown expertise back in-house as the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry.

In Skeptical Inquirer, Matt Nisbet considers whether labeling GMO foods might actually have the effect of normalizing them, rather than seeming like some spooky "franken-food."

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They Might Have Honked

October 17, 2016

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After the Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton, their first endorsement of a Democrat in over a century, the paper is deluged with harassment and death threats. The paper's president, Mi-Ai Parrish, responds with admirable resolve.

In a surprisingly huge climate agreement, 170 countries sign on to significantly cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which is used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

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