A Whole Lot of Open Rebellion

July 01, 2013

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

In what might be the largest political demonstration in human history, millions and millions of Egyptians take to the streets to protest President Mohamed Morsi and the power wielded by the Muslim Brotherhood. 

CFI-NYC was out in force for the NYC Pride Parade! This post's image is of the branch's fearless leader, Syd LeRoy, brandishing the Big Blue Meatball in joyful support of the event.

IHEU has an update on persecuted Bangladeshi atheist blogger Asif Mohiuddin (part of our Campaign for Free Expression):

The court decided yesterday that Asif could be released on health grounds, his lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua confirmed, after suffering deteriorating health during nearly three months of incarceration. Formal charges and a possible trial are still pending for later in the year. 

Also from our Campaign, Asia Bibi, a young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, is reportedly safe in Canada

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I’m Suffering from a Depleted Heliosheath

June 28, 2013

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What would happen if "The Secret" really worked? Kyle Hill lays it out in the latest "Reductio Ad Absurdum" column at CSICOP.org: 

Birthdays would be decidedly more boring. When anyone can simply think themselves a present, you would really have to 'keep Christ in Christmas,' because there wouldn’t be much else.

Marc Crislip concludes from some recent blah-blah about homeopathy and quantum something-something that homeopathy must be the biggest scam in all of scamhood. 

Speaking of which, homeopaths fight their loss of public funding in the UK. Sharon Hill seeks further insight

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Not a Political Act, a Human One

June 27, 2013

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DOMA is dead, Prop 8 effectively so. We at CFI celebrate a grand step toward being a more perfect union. From our press release, here's Michael De Dora:

DOMA and Prop 8 were betrayals of the secular ideals set forth in our founding documents, relegating LGBT Americans to second-class status. The Court’s rejection of these measures strongly reinforces the idea that religiously based attitudes on sex and marriage will not stand in the way of granting fundamental rights to anyone. 

President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel promise immediate action concerning federal benefits for same-sex spouses. 

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An Example of Something Absurd

June 26, 2013

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Anything interesting happen yesterday? I wasn't paying attention. Slow news day I guess?

I'm kidding. In the wider world, President Obama outlined a new climate change initiative, and CFI responded with input from CSI Fellows Marc Boslough and Stuart Jordan. (Al Gore liked it way more. The White House has a zippy infographic.)

We were introduced to what Joan Walsh called a feminist superhero in Texas, state senator Wendy Davis, mounts a "badass" filibuster of crazy anti-abortion legislation. (Which did not pass.) ...

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It Sounds Very Hocus-Pocusy

June 25, 2013

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

In the Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein explores the (real) phenomenon of atheist prayer, in particular one atheist who has a "rigorous prayer routine" despite his nonbelief. Oh, and I'm quoted as well, perhaps being the first person in history to introduce the term "hocus-pocusy" into a major national newspaper. 

The Secular Coalition for America announces its meeting with Melissa Rogers of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which included CFI's Michael De Dora. Washington Times also reports on the meeting. 

Tom Flynn and I both come at the Joe Klein potshot at secular humanists from different angles. Tom says Klein is actually correct that secular humanists do not require an affiliation to rally around or plug when doing good works. I try to make clear that, apart from Klein's factual error, he's also engaged in a hurtful smear. 

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Joe Klein’s Cheap Shot: Why it Was Wrong

June 24, 2013

Why, in the middle of this piece which highlights the good works done by those who have dedicated their lives to service, go out of your way to land a potshot at an already maligned minority?

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Ghost in the Potty

June 24, 2013

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We just finished up our conference for CFI branch leaders, and part of that conference was a frank discussion between branch leaders, staff, and our CEO Ron Lindsay about the controversy and anger surrounding his talk and actions around Women in Secularism 2. There, Ron offered a sincere and deeply heartfelt apology to CFI folks, and on Saturday posted this apology to everyone else. 

American Atheists' Dave Silverman, talking to Raw Story at Netroots Nation, calls WiS2 "a huge success." 

Time magazine columnist Joe Klein inexplicably takes a nasty potshot at nonbelievers in the publication's cover story on veterans and community service...

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Faking the Fake

June 21, 2013

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This has to be a short one, folks, as I'm about to get on a plane for CFI's Branch Leaders' conference. A super-secret cabal of godless masterminds, bent on, um, I think playing Dungeons & Dragons or something. With snacks. To the (very brief) news! 

Oh snap, guys, look at this! Skeptical Inquirer can now be gotten digitally! Here's the link to the Apple iOS Newsstand version!  

Ben Radford has a super-cool piece in Skeptical Inquirer on his sleuthing out a pseudoscientific plagiarizer

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Absolutely. Sure. Possible. Unlikely.

June 20, 2013

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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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