Ugh

September 26, 2016

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

CFI is the freight train of freethought, I tell ya. This past weekend we held a very moving, evocative, and inspiring Women in Secularism 4 conference, one of those "trust me, you wish you'd been there" kind of events. I did my best to give a sense of what was happening at CFI Live, so go check it out now

And THIS week, we're all-in on defending dissent, because International Blasphemy Rights Day is this Friday. So starting today and every day this week, we're giving you a little something to do to help make an impact in the struggle for free expression (with some badass memes), culminating in a big announcement on Friday. Come back every day this week to the Campaign for Free Expression.

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Your Brain in a Fridge

September 22, 2016

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I'm hopping on another plane today for yet another conference, this time it's the long-awaited Women in Secularism 4, where once again we'll be running the CFI Live blog to cover it all as it happens. Bookmark it! Do it!

Kimberly Winston at RNS reports on new data from PRRI which tells us something which confirms what you probably already thought: The rise of the nones is not primarily a result of some unhappy experiences relating to religion, or because of the anti-progressive bent of faiths. They just stopped believing in it...

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Ta République!

September 21, 2016

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

Women in Secularism 4 is just two days away, and we're bringing back the CFI Live website for coverage and analysis of the event as it happens, just like we did with the Reason Rally, although hopefully with less sweating. Bookmark centerforinquiry.live now and come back to it Friday!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit makes the Town of Greece SCOTUS decision even worse, by okaying the practice of lawmakers themselves being allowed to offer explicitly sectarian prayers at public meetings, to the exclusion of all others.

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Misinterpreted as Marketing

September 20, 2016

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Holy freaking crap: Pigeons can READ:

After narrowing down to the four brightest birds out of 18, over eight months of training, the advanced-class pigeons were taught to distinguish four-letter words from non-words...

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These Presidents Go To 11

September 19, 2016

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

Emma Green at The Atlantic has a fascinating interview with Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of Village Atheists, and they cover a lot of territory about atheist combativeness, the religious view of atheist women as "monsters," and more. 

The presidential polls have tightened, for some reason. Perhaps it's cosmic forces preordaining a Trump victory...

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Misperceive, Mischaracterize, and Misremember

September 16, 2016

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

Another quick one today, because oh, me-oh my-oh, goin' to CFI–Northeast Ohio, for their big biannual conference, where they're actually going to have me talk. Big mistake.

More interviews with CSICon speakers! CSICon's website is turning into like a Fresh Air for skeptics, and Susan Gerbic is Terry Gross! This time we have science communicator and biotech enthusiast Kevin Folta

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Triumvirate of Delusion

September 15, 2016

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

Kimberly Winston reports on a University of Minnesota study that shows that atheists, while still really unpopular, are now slightly less disliked than Muslims. I do not feel at all good about this minor change in favorability. Also interesting, "nones" (the religiously unaffiliated as opposed to straight-up atheists) are mistrusted by 12 percent of Americans, and 40 percent of Americans says the rise in "nones" is "not a good thing."

Relatedly, Kelsey Dallas at Deseret News notes that the Democratic Party is becoming religiously-unaffiliated at a faster clip than the public at large....

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Je n’ai pas besoin de ce vaccin!

September 14, 2016

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ScienceDebate.org gets presidential candidates on the record with answers to a series of science policy questions. After a glance at some of the answers, it's pretty clear that Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the responses attributed to him. "He" brushes off climate change as something to be further "investigated," while Jill Stein calls it "the greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced," which is probably true. Stein is 100% against nuclear power, while Clinton and Trump offer it as part of an overall solution...

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A Certain Amount of Stoicism

September 13, 2016

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I'm going to die, you're going to die, life is often awful, and it's all we have. Excited? Dive deeper into this rainbow of a topic on Point of Inquiry with guest Andrew Stark, author of The Consolations of Morality: Making Sense of Death

The NCAA pulls all of its championship games out of North Carolina as a result of the state's odious anti-LGBT laws. NCAA's Mark Emmert said:

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events. 

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That is So Yuck

September 12, 2016

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

First things first: Go see last week's Cause & Effect newsletter, if for no other reason than that I work really hard on it, and maybe it will inspire you to become a member of CFI.

Yesterday of course marked 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, and it blows my mind that there exist now adults who were too young to remember it, yet we're still utterly entangled in the decisions made in the immediate response to the attacks. Some related news relevant to our little community...

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