The Morning Heresy 8/30/12: Swedish Space Ghost

August 30, 2012

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I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, "Master of the Noosphere," about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn't trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups' ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

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The Morning Heresy 8/29/12: Bibles Left Unthumped

August 29, 2012

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Did you watch any of the GOP convention last night? I sure did. I have thoughts about it, of course, but one thing relevant to this blog is how little I heard from the theocratic wing of the party. Very little, at least from the main speakers, about God or Jesus or what have you. Indeed, I only heard Mormonism mentioned once, by Ann Romney about her courtship with Mitt. Even Santorum was light on the fire and brimstone (but, shall we say, heavy-handed). Mike Huckabee comes on tonight, so, we may see some Bibles thumped yet. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/28/12: Adam Curry Breaks My Heart

August 28, 2012

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Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Athiesm+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing.

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The Morning Heresy 8/27/12: The Impossible Wrongness

August 27, 2012

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After a week or so of all-Atheism+-all-the-time, CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes a step back and a deep breath, giving a careful, reasoned look at this burgeoning idea.

Check out HuffPost Live today at 1pm EST to see Ron join the panel to talk about doing good without God in everyday life.  

Is Moby a CFI fan? Kinda looks that way

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The Morning Heresy 8/24/12: Steve Jobs the Half-Yak

August 24, 2012

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Cardinal Dolan will be delivering the concluding benediction at next week's Republican National Convention (a convention I fully intend to be live-tweeting with glee and horror). This prompts Sarah Posner to say, "the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] has unequivocally attached itself at the hip to the Republican Party." (Or, as Balloon Juice's John Cole puts it, "The Separation of Church and State. Oh, F*** It.")

The Atlantic profiles Dr. Harvey Karp, the media-star pediatrician (whose videos and books my wife and I have been learning from) -- why do I link it here? Dig it, and sigh heavily:

Readers’ early complaints about The Happiest Toddler . . . concerned its purported assault on creationism. “His references to monkeys/­apes and the human race [are] not for this Christian family,” wrote one BarnesandNoble.com reviewer. Karp caved. The “charming chimp-child” and “knee-high Neander­thal” have been purged from later editions of the book, as have all references to Homo habilis, the “missing link,” and, in short, the entire Karpian ontological toddler schema.

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The Morning Heresy 8/23/12: Lonely Rick Warren

August 23, 2012

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James Croft gives what I think is a refreshing review of what the heck it is we mean by "humanism," and being reminded, I like it very much indeed. 

At Friendly Atheist, I review the candidates' paeans to faithiness in Cathedral Age, which I compare to the 2008 ring-kissing of Rick Warren by Obama and McCain.

Coincidentally! Obama and Romney this time around have declined to take part in a Rick Warren ego-inflation event, and Warren is pretending that he was the one who called it off because he's so disappointed with the tone of the campaign. Oh, Rick. Rick, Rick, Rick. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/22/12: $2000 Curse Insurance

August 22, 2012

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Michael De Dora has good news about the outcome of a meeting between the State Department and representatives of the secular movement regarding the freedom to doubt. 

The latest Point of Inquiry podcast features Arie Kruglanski talking about closed-mindedness, but I know I'm totally not interested, and there's nothing you could say to make me change my mind. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/21/12: Agnosti-Freethinking Skepto-Humanism Squared

August 21, 2012

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Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing picks up the video of Annie Laurie Gaylor's presentation of the history of women in atheism at CFI's Women in Secularism conference. Says Doctorow:

It's a great tour through the history -- the often secret history -- of women who fought and gave all, risking persecution for speaking out against religion and for women's rights to control their destinies. 

Pakistani 11-year-old Rifta Masih could face the death penalty for allegedly violating blasphemy laws. US State Department is "disturbed."

As CSICon in Nashville approaches (register now, y'all) I talk to presenter Eugenie Scott about how opponents of science are getting stealthier about sneaking their dogma into education.

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The Morning Heresy 8/20/12: Nothing More Than Meat

August 20, 2012

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There is a lot of good stuff from over the weekend, so let's get right to it. 

So you may have heard over the weekend that Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri, declared that women have a "biological mechanism" that can prevent pregnancy in the case of "legitimate rape." I know, it's one of the worst things I've ever heard too.

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The Morning Heresy 8/17/12: Hooligans

August 17, 2012

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As you may have noticed, the Alexander Aan petition did not gather sufficient signatures, despite our efforts. We'll have more to say about it later (Michael De Dora addresses it well the WaPo piece), and believe me, we are not by any means through in our efforts to help Alexander and those in similar situations, so stay tuned. In the mean time, Russell Blackford echoes my own disappointment

We've been punked! Remember the women-only Saudi Arabian ghetto city? Not real.  

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