Toxic Death Cream

July 12, 2016

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On Point of Inquiry this week, Josh Zepps talks to computer scientist David Levy about how technology makes it difficult for us to find peace of mind amid a torrent of digital information. I have no idea what that's like. 

Skeptics can be indecisive. We need your help to pick the T-shirt design for CSICon 2016 Las Vegas. Skeptics also like to have opinions on the Internet, so this should be no problem for any of you. 

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Human Overconfidence

July 11, 2016

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I was on vacation all last week (I hiked! Me! Twice! What the hell is that about?), not off the grid, but with the grid at arm's length.

OMG Stef McGraw did such a great job filling in for me last week, not just with the Heresy, but with all the other vast (and often byzantine and baffling) communication and PR-hack duties. Thank you, Stef!


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Ultimately our lives are meaningless

July 07, 2016

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Paul is still on vacation, so you're still stuck with his Morning Heresy understudy, Stef McGraw (with the help of Outreach colleague Cody Hashman).

We just discovered this piece which argues that Bangladesh's recent acts of terrorism are home-grown rather than connected to ISIS, and it's written by none other than the Prime Minister's son. So, take that with the appropriate dose of skepticism.

This is also few days old, but it's an interesting read nonetheless: The Washington Post reports on a former Ivy League student who joined ISIS, became disillusioned, and then called on the FBI to help him escape.

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Tortuous millennia of climate change

July 06, 2016

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Paul is still on vacation, so you're still stuck with his Morning Heresy understudy, Stef McGraw (with the help of Outreach colleague Cody Hashman).

We joined with the ACLU and others in telling the Supreme Court to not permit the funding of church facilities with taxpayer dollars. This is in regard to the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley, where the state of Missouri did something right and rejected a church's application for public funds to be used for a church-run children's play area. You can read the amicus brief here .

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Deal with it, #Jupiter

July 05, 2016

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

Paul is still on vacation, so you're still stuck with his Morning Heresy understudy, Stef McGraw. 

To our American readers, hopefully you had a good Fourth of July weekend where you grilled some food, watched some fireworks, and didn't get arrested for burning a flag like this guy.

Freedom, right?

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That actual hole in the ozone

July 01, 2016

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

Paul is on vacation for the next week, so now you're stuck with his Morning Heresy understudy, Stef McGraw. Thanks to CFI Outreach intern Sam Farooqui for finding some of these stories, though no "thanks" should be given to her for finding the creepy fish with human-like teeth (see below).

We have an action alert out, and it's to urge your U.S. representative to oppose the hilariously misleadingly titled First Amendment Defense Act. From our alert:

[The bill] would bar the federal government from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, certification, accreditation, or employment to a business, non-profit, or individual “based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”

Get angry and take action, because the hearing for the bill is taking place exactly a month (July 12) after the Orlando shooting of 49 LGBTQ people and allies.

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Deoxyribonucleic Bqhatevwr

June 30, 2016

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Turns out some folks in Congress want to make it ok for contractors and organizations getting federal funds to be able to discriminate against LGBTQ folks because, you know, religion. Hell no, says us, and you should say so too

Dexter Filkins at The New Yorker lays out some of the possibilities as to who might be responsible for the Istanbul attack this week, and notes the weird relationship between ISIS and Turkey

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Grand Theft Auto: Pale Blue Dot

June 29, 2016

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

Another terrorist attack, this time at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. At least 41 dead, more wounded, at the hands of three attackers with automatic weapons and suicide vests. Turkish officials point to the Islamic State, but they have not claimed responsibility. 

The Supreme Court lets stand a Washington state law that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense medications on religious grounds. That's good!

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Space Ambulance

June 28, 2016

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The Supreme Court strikes down Texas's cynical and draconian HB2, which would have forced the closure of most of the state's abortion clinics. It's, to abbreviate the vice-president, a B.F.D. Our boss said:

We are delighted that the Supreme Court saw through this transparent attempt to effectively ban abortion, an attempt propped up by manufactured pseudoscience. The legal right to an abortion is meaningless without reasonable access to abortion services, and this cynical move to cut off that access has been shown for what it is: the imposition of religious dogma on Americans’ lives. 

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Blessing Weapons

June 27, 2016

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

CFI's Michael De Dora appears in this new documentaryDefending Shia Rights: Mission to the UN, around the 22-minute mark, speaking specifically about Saudi Arabia. 

Make sure you catch up on the previous fortnight of CFI activity with the latest issue of Cause & Effect

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