New Religion: Not Liking Flu Shots

January 04, 2013

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Buzzfeed rounds up some firsts for the 113th Congress (first Buddhist senator, first openly gay senator, etc.), but it's US News that focuses in Kyrsten Sinema as the first "none," as in "no religion."

The image to the right is from the Hindu American Foundation, which is pretty excited about the first Hindu congressperson, Tulsi Gabbard, here being sworn in by John Boehner on a Bhagavad Gita -- which I'm sure threw him for a loop. 

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Triskaidekaphilia

January 03, 2013

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Look out! Today's date is 1/3/13!!! That's, like, two thirteens right in a row if you ignore the slashes! And you don't add a zero before the single-digit numbers! And you don't write out "2013" in its entirety! 

Speaking of which, the Washington Times, the paper founded by a guy who thought he was the messiah, reports on the fear of the number 13.  

Michael De Dora reports on the UN's resolution calling for the end of female genital mutilation, "an irreparable, irreversible abuse of human rights of women and girls." 

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Ricocheting Between Hysteria and Delusion

January 02, 2013

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Welcome to 2013! Let's all try not to screw it up. 

Slate comes down hard on Dr. Oz for peddling medical malarkey to a credulous public:

We can . . . arm ourselves with the knowledge that not all evidence is created equally, and celebrities—even famous doctors—are not credible sources of health information.

Best-selling sci-fi author Scott Sigler talks to Indre Viskontas on the latest Point of Inquiry, the best podcast in the history of the universe. 

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A Jaunt around the Sun

December 31, 2012

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I hope you enjoyed this last jaunt around the Sun. The neat thing is that there's really no "start" to Earth's orbit, so any day can be New Year's Day. If you like, you can at any moment say, "This is the beginning of my new year." You don't have to go by the Gregorian calendar. 

Of course, if you don't, you'll be late for all kinds of stuff and miss appointments. But it's your new year!

Anyway. 

1) NYT publishes a feature piece on how humanists are "absent" from times of great grief and crisis such as the Newtown atrocity. Read that.

2) Our own Tom Flynn responds in a blog post/letter to the editor, challenging assertions by the author and those quoted in the piece. Read that.

3) People comment on Tom's post, Tom comments back, etc. Read those, too. Good stuff! 

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Ill Communication

December 28, 2012

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The Morning Heretic is ill today. Not in the Beastie Boys sense, but in the infection-by-microbe sense. But because I am so devoted to you, the reader, that I dragged by aching, coughing, overdramatic carcass to my office and honored my commitment to rounding up a bunch of links that, let's face it, you could have googled for yourself. Think nothing of it! 

Looking to protest the Church's stance on gay marriage, many Dutch look to a website for help in being de-baptized

An Italian priest, Father Piero Corsi, blames women who are the victims of domestic abuse for bringing violence on themselves for neglecting housework and the like.    

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Very Like a Higgs

December 27, 2012

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CFI's boss Ron Lindsay and public policy director Michael De Dora are the guests on this week's Point of Inquiry"Mr. Science Goes to Washington." Who came up with that??

Point of Inquiry posts its top-ten science and reason books from the show's 2012 guests. 

Ray "Banana Man" Comfort debates with CFI-LA director Jim Underdown on the subject of God, justice, and reasons for existing. Over coffee!

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God Dropped the Ball

December 26, 2012

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Here's a nice gift for the season for you: After a harrowing medical scare concerning his heart, Ed Brayton gets back up. Show him some love.

The Economist goes to Hell. And by that I mean they have a cover feature this week on The Bad Place:

Religion thrives on fear, as well as hope: without fear, bad behaviour has no sanction and clerical authority wins scant respect. 

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We Are Becoming Billionaires of Energy

December 21, 2012

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So it's the big day, and so far, no rogue planets have smashed into Earth, and everything is just as wonderful, just as crappy, just as inspiring, and just as discouraging as it ever was. Some folks are no doubt disappointed, some relieved, some bemused. But I'll bet there's some of you who saw the arrival of today and were just a tiny bit spooked that maybe, juuuust maybe, that crazy Mayan Apocalypse thing was true. I mean, not me, of course. 

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Shutterstock’s Intelligent Design

December 20, 2012

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Yeah, yeah, Mayan Apocalypse tomorrow, we're all gonna die, ha ha ha, let's move on

Alber Saber gives an interview to the AP:

"Egypt is a religious state," said Saber. "If you disobey the norms, you get judged and sentenced. I'm not a criminal, but I'm being judged and sentenced on my opinion." 

Yes, yes, that President What's-his-name is Time's Person of the Year, as it always is for a newly elected or reelected president. Like, every time. But two runners-up are notable for Heresy readers.

First runner-up, "Malala Yousafzai, the Fighter." Second runner-up is the pope of my particular religion, Apple CEO Tim Cook ("the Technologist"), and, again for my heretics, the third runner-up is Higgs boson scientist, "Fabiola Gianotti, the Discoverer."  

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It is a Very Dark Creed We Preach

December 19, 2012

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I know he's my boss, and this will seem all sycophantic, but Ron Lindsay nails it with his take on the appropriate atheist response to religious invocations during this post-Newtown grief process, and how religious folks should remember to keep their atheist neighbors in mind during the same.

Anti-Claus Tom Flynn still thinks Christmas should be a normal work day, but this Christmas he will not be at his desk. Why? His love for his wife and a good deal. 

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