Sporadic Bursts of Happiness and Misery

April 09, 2015

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

It's April 9 and it's snowing here in Maine. Not only is global warming a hoax, but aliens are also controlling the lizard people in the White House who engineered 9/11 and have duped us all about it through the use of chemtrails. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty of the Boston Marathon bombing. 

In Malawi the police have been given orders to shoot anyone attacking albinos. Why are people attacking albinos? Glad you asked. Their body parts are used in black magic, you see. Also, the year is apparently 600 AD in Malawi.

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Welcome Back, Brontosaurus

April 08, 2015

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

Where's the Heresy been? Well, your Morning Heretic was off for a couple of days to move into a new house, and it took some doing. But I'm back. What'd I miss?

More importantly, what'd you miss? Check out last week's Cause & Effect newsletter to see what CFI has been up to.

Here's a thing: Rand Paul announced his candidacy for president. Kimberly Winston has a good set of bullet points on Paul's confusing relationship with religion

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Not So Fast, Nones

April 03, 2015

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

The U.S. and Iran reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Catch up on the background of this decades-long conflict with our Point of Inquiry episode with David Crist.  

Bill Nye and Bon Jovi will be doing Rutgers commencements, and I just like that this piece associates Nye with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry right up front. Bon Jovi, please return my calls.

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It May Be Legal, But it Ain’t Right

April 02, 2015

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Arkansas passes its own Indiana-style right-to-discriminate bill, but GOP governor Asa Hutchinson refuses to sign, thanks it part to pressure from businesses like Wal-Mart, and even NASCAR. Whoa, NASCAR? Even God is surprised by that one:

"NASCAR Decries Indiana Anti-Gay Law". And when NASCAR calls you homophobic, you are homo-friggin'-phobic. 

David Letterman, a native Hoosier, can't even believe how backward the RFRA law is. “It may be legal, but it ain’t right.”

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Cruel Hearts, Arrogant Souls, and Warped Logic

April 01, 2015

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I've been practicing rolling my eyes and making indignant, above-it-all faces just to get through today, April Fools' Day, when the whole Internet thinks every absurd lie is hilarious and totally worth your time. I'm ready!! But here's a promise: This is an April Fools'-free Morning Heresy.

Kimberly Winston reports on the reaction to the murder of yet another Bangladeshi atheist blogger, Washiqur Rahman, including our statement and response from Asif Mohiuddin, who knew Rahman personally.

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A Lived-in Face

March 31, 2015

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

Today the U.S. and Iran are expected to announce a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Just in time, Point of Inquiry has a guest with deep expertise on the U.S.'s 30-year conflict with Iran: Senior Historian for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, David Crist. Don't miss it. 

The Indiana right-to-discriminate fallout continues. For example, Wilco cancels its tour in Indiana. Garrett Epps at The Atlantic spells out why this particular version of RFRA is so problematic, as opposed to the federal counterpart. Some lawmakers begin to scramble to "clarify" the law (good luck). Arkansas and North Carolina are perhaps the next to adopt this kind of measure.

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♫ How Long ‘til Ted Cruz Gets it Right? ♫

March 30, 2015

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

There's a lot to cover this morning, folks. Buckle up. 

It's happened again. Bangladeshi atheist blogger Washiqur Rahman is murdered by machete-wielding assailants in Dhaka, and police detain two madrasa students in connection with the attack. From the Dhaka Tribune:

He was a admirer of another secular blogger Avijit Roy, who was killed by extremists in Dhaka one month ago. After Avijit’s killing, Washiqur paid tribute to him making his Facebook profile and cover photos with the text: #iamavijit and words cannot be killed.

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Uneventful Horizon

March 27, 2015

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The FDA is going to take a serious and public look at homeopathy. We're going to be all over this. 

You know that CFI's Michael De Dora represents us at the UN, and was just at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. But what goes on there besides all the statements and speeches? Michael gives us a behind-the-scenes look at all the bureaucratic intrigue.

Rep. Sam Johnson wants to make sure military servicemembers have to swear an oath to God, whether they believe in it or not. We think you should tell your congressperson otherwise

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The Most Arch Act of Piteous Massacre (Alleged)

March 26, 2015

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It's Richard Dawkins' birthday today (I learn from Twitter), and you can drink a belated birthday toast to him when he appears at the Reason for Change conference in June!

Unrelated to skepto-humanism (for now anyway), turns out that the crashed Germanwings plane was downed intentionally by one of the pilots. I am dizzy just thinking about it.

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Liberate Planets from the Greys and Reptilians

March 25, 2015

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

CFI-Michigan's activism in opposition to a religious sign in a public park is covered in two pieces at MLive and at the Holland Sentinel. CFI-Michigan's Jennifer Beahan hammered home the central point at a meeting of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners: "Frankly, it doesn't matter how many people want the sign replaced, it is still unconstitutional." Alas, the board voted in favor of the sign anyway, which quotes Psalm 19:1 - “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

The FDA may finally be taking the problem of homeopathic "medicines" seriously, as they announce public hearings on their use and regulation. CFI has been petitioning the FDA to move in this direction for some time.

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