Mostly False

May 07, 2013

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

Whoa! Eugenie Scott is stepping down as head of NCSE! Oh no! 

Here's an interview I did with Scott before last year's CSICon. She was awfully nice.

PZ Myers declares his disaffiliation from the skeptic movement (so he is now only an atheist, and not what I call a "skepto-atheist"). Massimo Pigliucci will not miss him, but sees trouble within the movement:

I think the primary problem with the skeptic movement — of which I am and remain a proud member — is that too many people, both among the “leaders” and the rank-and-file, seem to be in it for the sheer pleasure of calling others out as idiots. 

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I Just Squirm Untelegenically

May 06, 2013

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Washington Examiner interviews CFI chief Ron Lindsay on his beliefs regarding religious freedom:

On the one hand it's clear from our constitution the founders wanted the government to stay outside of church internal affairs. We don't want the government deciding who should be a bishop, don't want the government deciding religious dogma, etc. I definitely agree with that position...

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Blur Some of the Battle Lines

May 03, 2013

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I was very proud to work under the skeptical-yet-welcoming glow of the Big Blue Meatball of CFI yesterday, as we and our allies held protests in cities around the world to raise awareness of, and demand action in response to, the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh. Things didn't turn out as we had hoped a couple of weeks ago, as a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh killed hundreds, and as a result, some groups went ahead with protests on the country's day of mourning, and others, including ours, postponed. So things were more thinly spread, but as a result, we got days and days of secular activists talking, tweeting, posting, and demonstrating against crackdowns on free expression. So while things did get a little confusing, and a little jumbled, what we did still mattered, and continues to matter. Thank you, sincerely, to everyone who made an effort.

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If I Worked That Mysteriously, I’d Get Fired

May 02, 2013

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It's the National Day of Reason, and today, secularists and our allies around the globe will tell Bangladesh and the world that the persecution of atheists and dissenters will not be tolerated, with protests planned in DC, Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Dhaka, and London. At Friendly AtheistI make the case for taking this seriously, and forcing the world to care about this by the sheer strength of our message. If you're taking part or helping to promote the cause, tweet using the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

We have a guest post at the CFI blog from freethought activist Dr. Avijit Roy of Bangladesh, who documents and opines on the swirl of activity and danger around this issue.  

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No Black Friday Sales for You!

May 01, 2013

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

Tomorrow, for real this time, CFI and other allies around the world will protest for free expression in Bangladesh. Here are the details, and don't forget when tweeting from or about protest events to include the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

Big news! CFI announces its super-mega-ultra conference, combining the powers of humanism and skepticism into one! It's the CFI Summit, October 24-27 in Tacoma. Early information is here

A bill in Michigan would exempt medical professionals from having to perform any function that conflicted with "moral" religious beliefs. CFI's Office of Public Policy wants Michiganders to tell their state senators to shut that whole thing down

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I Don’t Want it to Be a Joke

April 30, 2013

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As we get set to join allies in worldwide protests against Bangladesh's persecution of atheists and dissidents on May 2 (Thursday), Islamists threaten their own demonstration demanding death for blasphemy three days later. 

August usually sucks as a month, generally, let's admit it. Luckily, you've got us. If you're a grownup, you wanna head to the Skeptic's Toolbox (Aug 8-11) in Eugene, OR. If you're a kid, you're gonna wanna get your gear and head to Camp Inquiry (Aug 4-10) in Holland, NY. And as a side note, we're trying to get Karen Strachan of Camp Inquiry to start blogging here at the CFI site, so stay tuned. 

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It’s a Vexing Time

April 29, 2013

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CFI boss Ron Lindsay was the guest on Jamila Bey's Sex, Politics, and Religion radio show to talk about the free speech crisis in Bangladesh. Our protests on this issue are scheduled to take place this Thursday!

Christian Post has its own reporting on the groups' different choices to protest last week or postpone to this week in the wake of the building collapse. 

Missouri public radio reports on the protests that were held at Missouri University. 

CFI-Portland will host friend-of-the-blog Peter Boghossian on May 12

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Find Mystery Where None Exists

April 26, 2013

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As I talked about in the last Heresy, yesterday some groups went ahead with their protest plans, despite the national day of mourning in Bangladesh for the victims of the building collpase outside Dhaka. CFI, CFI-Canada, the British Humanist Association, and the protestors in Dhaka itself are postponing until May 2. Kimberly Winston reports on the situation, quoting me and Dave Silverman on our respective groups' decisions.   

The Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy launches a petition asking Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and White House faith-based initiatives director Melissa Rogers to meet with humanists and nonbelievers to discuss our inclusion (and exclusion) in community memorial and healing events.

Appeal for the publishers of "blasphemous" cartoons jailed in Tunisia is "mysteriously withdrawn."

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Keep National Trail Mix Day Holy

April 25, 2013

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Yesterday, a building collapsed outside Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing well over 100 people, and injuring over 1000. The government declared today, April 25, to be a national day of mourning. As you know, CFI and other groups were to hold protests in cities around the world against Bangladesh's persecution of atheists and dissenters. The tragic events of yesterday have forced us to reconsider.

CFI and its allies still believe firmly in holding these protests, though we had differing ideas about how to proceed. CFI, CFI-Canada, the British Humanist Association, and the activists in Dhaka itself have decided to postpone protests by one week to May 2. That means we will hold protest demonstrations in DC, New York City, London, Ottawa, and hopefully many other cities on that day. . . .

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There’s No Need to Whisper

April 24, 2013

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Tomorrow is the day secularists and our allies gather to protest the Bangladeshi crackdown on atheism and free expression in demonstrations around the world. Tell everyone in your social networks, and take part! 

Five schoolgirls in Indonesia are in trouble for blasphemy (or "tainting religion") for the crime of recording themselves dancing to Maroon 5 and performing some prayer movements. They were turned in by their own school.

Hacked AP Twitter account tweets false news of the president being injured in White House bomb blasts, which sends the Dow plummeting briefly. 

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