Absolutely. Sure. Possible. Unlikely.

June 20, 2013

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

I've been on "vacation." If you've ever travelled with two small children, you know why the quotation marks are there. 

Lauren and Ed did a fantastic job keeping up the Heresy while I was away, and I can't thank them enough. I mean, I didn't read it or anything, but I'm presuming.  

Alan Chambers of Exodus International, a pray-the-gay-away ministry, apologizes for all he's done...

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How bad could atheist grandma be?

June 19, 2013

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Paul is on his way home from his "vacation" and will be back at the helm tomorrow. Today, we bring you one last Heresy from Guest Heretics Lauren Becker and Ed Beck. 

It's mid-week and the perfect time for some good news!

It's a start: Scores of Catholic colleges and universities now offer some sort of programming, counseling opportunities, or student groups geared specifically for LGBT students.

Paul Offit’s new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is getting some great coverage. Gonna have to go buy this one. 

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The Nativity of Yeezus

June 18, 2013

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Paul is still off exploring the Windy City, he's set to return on the 20th. Maybe we'll even let him have is blog back! Until then, your Guest Heretics remain CFI's Director of Marketing Lauren Becker and Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck. Now, by the grace of Yeezus, the news:

In honor of Yeezus' arrival, a handy timeline of blasphemy in popular music.

Kenan Malik examines pluralism, offense, and freedom: You can't have one without the others:

To defend the right to give offence, in other words, is not merely to defend free speech. It is also to defend diversity in its true sense. If we want the pleasures of pluralism, we have to accept the pain of being offended.

Never get lost on a road trip again with this fascinating 3D map of the entire known universe.

A New Hampshire court struck down yet another Rube Goldberg school "neo-voucher" machine that aimed to divert public tax dollars to sectarian religious schools. 

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Too Ridiculous for Words

June 17, 2013

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Paul is off on something called a "vacation," but we are starting to suspect he's really "bonding with Sasquatch." He'll return on the 20th. Until then, your Guest Heretics are CFI's Director of Marketing Lauren Becker and Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck. Now to the news!

If you're like me, a good weekend can sometimes leave you struggling on Monday morning to summon the energy to be really concerned about rights and wrongs. Fortunately (?) there is much in the news to wake you up today.

First up, we celebrate a happy 50th anniversary for Ellery Schempp and the landmark case that removed official prayers from public schools. Thanks, Ellery! 

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Defamation—In Space!

June 14, 2013

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Paul is off on something called a "vacation." He'll return on the 20th (we're skeptical). Until then, your Guest Heretics are CFI's Senior Policy Analyst Ed Beck and Director of Marketing Lauren Becker. Any and all bad puns are property of Paul.

From the land of dropbears, the question: Should pseudoscience be tolerated in a democracy?

Missing socks: found?

Science, our sense of wonder, and the parts of physics that—let's admit—are basically voodoo.

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The Littlest Freethinker

June 13, 2013

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Paul is off testing his skepticism by driving into a Derecho. He'll return on the 20th. Until then, the Guest Heretics are Ed Beck and Lauren Becker. Now, on to the news!

Think of the children! A lot of today's news relates to young people in some highly encouraging and also disturbing ways.

In Philadelphia, a faith-healing couple accused of murder must stand trial for the death of their infant son. 

Relatedly, what should we do with parents who deny vaccines to their children? What if they're a Kennedy?

A Florida school district is trying to protect their children - from The Truth. Bible? Yes. Ingersoll? No. Harris, Warraq, Hitchens, Dawkins, O'Hare? No. This is going to be fun. 

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It is Actually Hollow

June 12, 2013

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

I, your Official Morning Heretic™, will be going on vacation after today, and returning June 20th. During that time, the Heresy will be in the capable hands of Lauren Becker, our director of marketing, and Ed Beck, who, um, I don't know what his job is.* The similarity of their surnames is entirely coincidental. Please go easy on them. On to the news. 

NYT on the public slaying of teenager Muhammad al-Qatta in Syria after he allegedly said something flip about the prophet:

Muhammad’s killing . . . focused anger on hard-line Islamists, including foreigners, some of whom have seized on the conflict in Syria as an opportunity to impose their mores. For Muhammad’s mother and some her neighbors, the tyrannies were indistinguishable, trapping many Syrians in a vise. 

Texas Christian University gives the green light to a campus atheist group. 

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No, YOU Stick Needles in That Tiger.

June 11, 2013

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Sam Harris warns of the dangers inherent in "ecstatic" religion, an understanding culled from his own experiences, and how Muslims' deep belief in the "truth" of their faith is widely underestimated: "The notion that no one believes in Paradise is far crazier than a belief in Paradise."

The administration is allowing Plan B to be available over the counter for women of any age. 

Want to be more inclusive of women with your evil, godless, War-on-Christmas group? CFI's Sarah Kaiser has some tips

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Jesus is Nuclear Glue

June 10, 2013

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Shafiq at the Islamic Society at Leeds University Union says animosity towards Islam "will continue to be justified" until moderates deal with the fact that "we're over-represented in the crazy department."  

France bans a rally by a right-wing group that was to celebrate the victory of a Christian army in the year 721 over Muslims in Toulouse.

Ben Radford looks askance at one woman's experiment with living only on sunlight and water...

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Zimbabwean Underpants Gnomes

June 07, 2013

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Well, this had to happen eventually, didn't it? My hero, Thomas Dolby, performs "She Blinded Me with Science" with a little help from Buzz-Freaking-Aldrin.

Carrie Poppy ventures into a building blueprinted by aliens ("The building is a huge boob. The nipple is open to the sunlight and fresh air.") to take a sleepy sound bath.  

Sally Quinn comes down hard on the Boy Scouts -- despite their new openness to gay youth -- for forcing atheists and gay scouts over 18 to "live a lie." 

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