A Community of Galactic Civilizations

October 10, 2013

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

Defeated former congressman Allen West is none too impressed by our Living Happily Without Religion campaign, and took to Facebook to tell us all why:

America has a Judeo-Christian faith heritage and promotes the free exercise of religion. However, it has been my experience in life that people who possess no deep faith are not happy. 

Hemant shakes his head:

I would urge you all to let West know that atheists and others without “deep faith” are perfectly happy without God… but I don’t think he’s capable of changing his mind no matter what the evidence says. 

Paul Thornton, letters editor at the LA Timeslays down the law on science-denial: If you send in a letter about how climate change is a hoax, you're not getting published, because it's not true

Astronomers think they've found a homeless, starless planet wandering through the void. 

Muslims in Pakistan form a human chain around Christians as they hold mass, to protect them from violence. 

Speaking of mass, is Obama arresting clergy on military bases who perform mass during the shutdown?!???!?! Snopes: No, dummy.

Amitabh Pal on how "conservatives leave the realm of reality" when it comes to the president's religion

GOP candidate for NYC mayor Joe Lhota criticizes Bloomberg for not allowing church services in school buildings

British scouts no longer have to promise anything to God if they don't believe it exists. 

Here comes a Kickstarter for an animated telling of the Flying Spaghetti Monster creation story! What, Pixar's not into it?

The Freethought Equality Fund picks a candidate for a Massachusetts State Senate seat. 

Man who went missing for almost 20 years was declared dead, and as far as the law is concerned, so he shall remain

Rod Dreher really doesn't think that religious/conservative opposition to gay marriage (etc.) is the same as bigotry. 

Orac "celebrates" Quackery Week with a takedown of some naturopathic tropes.

Malcolm Gladwell is "rediscovering" his religious belief, which we suspect was lost somewhere in his hair. I KID! I kid. But seriously, dude.

Uh, if this is true, whoa (though this press release reads a little conspiracy-theory-ish):

American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. 

Some music apps are claiming they can boost your brain power with SCIENCE. Science, reached for comment, was surprised to hear this. 

Quote of the Day

Oh, I just love this. Slate shows us Jimmy Carter's message to whomever might find the Voyager spacecraft:

This is a present from a small and distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.  

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