The Morning Heresy 6/25/12: Invisible Yo-Yo!

June 25, 2012

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Well, everyone is exhausted from the CFI Leadership Conference, but it's a good exhausted. The days were absolutely packed with impactful and practical talks and workshops for both freethinking students and CFI's branch leaders. Just off the top of my head, CFI's own Debbie Goddard blew my mind with her moving retelling of her own journey to secular activism, Deisree Schell's workshop clarified my own thinking on campaign organization like nothing I've yet seen, and Chris Mooney's explanation of this Republican Brain thesis was utterly compelling, making me rethink many prejudices I have of both conservatives and liberals. There were several others (truly) that fully impressed me, and I hope both I and others find the time to more thoroughly digest and synthesize it all. Luckily, videos are coming soon.

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The Morning Heresy 6/22/12: Gigantic Money Pit

June 22, 2012

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The first half-day of the Student Leadership Conference is in the can, and everyone's already exhausted. Somehow my hotel room was never booked, so there was some scrambling late last night until I found lodging, as most rooms in the area were already filled. Yes, there was in fact no room at the inn.

But I'll live. In the meantime, make sure you're following the action on Twitter at #CFIcon.

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The Morning Heresy 6/21/12: The Baptist Convention Formerly Known as Southern

June 21, 2012

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Here I am once again in the Portland Jetport (that's Portland, Maine, you crunchy Oregonian elitists!), on the way to the The Most Important Event of All Time Times Eleventy Billion, the CFI Student Leadership Conference in Amherst, NY. I'm trying to scratch together another edition of the Heresy from my iPad, which, I don't mind telling you, is a little harder to do than with a laptop. I do most of my CFI-ing from my desktop Mac at home, so I am constantly looking for the most efficient workarounds for getting the job done on the road without a full-fledged "computer." Anyway, time is short as I hop from airport to airport, so let's see what I can scrounge together for my tens and tens of readers.

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The Morning Heresy 6/20/12: The Kids and Their Jungle Music

June 20, 2012

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I'm completely stressed out about the CFI Student Leadership Conference this weekend. I'm giving a presentation (tentatively titled "Super-Awesome PR Pro-Tips That Will Help You Become Famous and Lose Weight!" -- But that's only if Lauren Becker will let me keep it that way), I'm going to meet lots of important folks from the secular and skeptic movements who are sure to make me very nervous, and of course, I have to find some way to pass myself off as modern and relevant to all the young people who are into that loud jungle music with all those words that you can't even understand and why don't they get haircuts and jobs? It may be more than I can handle.

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The Morning Heresy 6/19/12: The Best Possible Time to Be Alive

June 19, 2012

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Yesterday, CFI organized a protest outside the Indonesian Embassy to demand the release and exoneration of Alexander Aan, beaten by a mob and convicted of "spreading religious hatred" via his atheism and satirical Facebook posts. Our boss Ron Lindsay reports that the folks within the embassy were definitely paying attention (how often does their embassy get protests?) so we at least know that our message was heard. Here are some pics, and our thanks to those who helped spread the word.

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The Morning Heresy 6/18/12: Let’s Get it Aan

June 18, 2012

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Over the weekend, CFI roundly condemned the blasphemy conviction of atheist Alexander Aan in Indonesia, and is organizing a protest for his freedom outside the Indonesian embassy in Washington at 2pm. Details are here. If you're in the area, show the Indonesian authorities -- and Alex -- that we demand his freedom, and that we are paying attention.

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The Morning Heresy 6/14/12: Therefore it’s Not Happening

June 13, 2012

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Quick note: I'm dragging my kid to see family this weekend, so there will probably not be a Morning Heresy tomorrow (Friday). But don't worry, nothing interesting will happen.  

Media outlets are abuzz over recent Pew data that shows millennials belief in God dropping pretty quickly...

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The Morning Heresy 6/13/12: The Most Disdained Group of All

June 13, 2012

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There's some religious ugliness in the news today, folks, so if you're looking to start your day with smoke coming out your ears, you've come to the right place. But let's start with some very good news!

North Dakota's "Measure 3," which would have allowed religious belief as an excuse to avoid compliance with all kinds of laws, and which CFI urged voters to oppose, was defeated yesterday! Roundly defeated, even, 64% to 36%.

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The Morning Heresy 6/12/12: A Single Menacing Blur

June 12, 2012

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CFI chief Ron Lindsay blogs about balls. Okay, get it out of your system. Now. Once you're done tittering about it, read the thing, because there's an important message:

Language is powerful. Language not only expresses our thoughts, it shapes them. “Balls” is in common use, and that’s precisely part of the problem. It’s embedded so much in our language that we don’t notice it, but that simply means our sexism is burrowed in deep. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/11/12: Worse than Useless

June 11, 2012

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Must-read for science-loving secu-skepties at the New Yorker: Why the hell do we have so much trouble accepting science? Un-learning:

. . . science education is not simply a matter of learning new theories. Rather, it also requires that students unlearn their instincts, shedding false beliefs the way a snake sheds its old skin.

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