They don’t make movies like they used to
October 3, 2016
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
Today's Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw. I don't know where Paul is, so I'm speculating that the Trump campaign might be trying snatch him away from us—I hear they might need someone with public relations skills.
This past Friday was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and CFI once again took on a leading role. We got some good press, and we got Bill Donohue on our case, though some would argue that Bill Donohue's disapproval is just as good as anyone's endorsement.
The Friendly Atheist featured several atheist leaders reflecting on the impact of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion ten years after its release (wow, are we all that old?). Included in that list of atheist leaders is, unsurprisingly, our very own Robyn Blumner, who had this to say:
Like no other book of its kind, The God Delusion caught the zeitgeist, acted as a lifeline to people who felt alone in their religious doubts, and galvanized a movement.
The Guardian reports of women going on strike all across Poland to protest a proposed abortion ban, which would criminalize the procedure and punish those who got an abortion with up to five years in prison.
Atheist and social justice writer and activist Niki Massey died over the weekend, and much too soon. Several bloggers have written pieces about who who was and what she meant to them and the movement as a whole.
Last week's episode of ABC's Black-Ish wrestled with the topic of religion and atheism in the black community, and while Jezebel has some reasonable criticisms of how the show handled the weighty topic, I'm still pretty happy that a black atheist was shown in a relatively positive light on a major network sitcom!
The Jewish New Year of 5777 is upon us, and just when I got used to writing 5776 on my checks! Bloomberg has a piece about the secularization of American Judaism to mark the occasion.
Someone leaked over a dozen videos of Mormon Church leaders hearing presentations about and discussing various social and political issues. Unsurprisingly, "the homosexual agenda" is something they're very concerned about. Very, very concerned about. They're also concerned about science and morality, which is admittedly an important topic, except that one of the Twelve Apostles at the time had this to say:
Science and morality—those two words might go together...but science has got a lot to learn first. You've got to at least admit that there's something spiritual.
Eh, that could be worse. And you know who's having an even worse weekend than the LDS Church? Donald Trump, who may have avoided paying taxes the past two decades and may have also gone off on an incoherent rant.
Quote of the Day
You want something from Trump's incoherent rant, you say? Well okay then:
Right now, you say to your wife: ‘Let’s go to a movie after Trump.’ But you won’t do that because you’ll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie. You know why? Honestly? Because they don’t make movies like they used to — is that right?
I know it's Monday morning, but don't worry. It probably won't make sense on Tuesday either.
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#1 Old Rockin' Dave (Guest) on Sunday October 02, 2016 at 8:58pm
Which Presidential candidate would I want to see in the White House when the aliens arrive? It would have to be the only Republican that I have ever thought of supporting for President. Sadly, John Wilkes Booth went and shot him.
My ideal reception committee would probably consist of Lincoln, Churchill, Jacob Bronowski, Albert Einstein, Alexander von Humboldt, Maimonides, Harry Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, Stanley G. Weinstein, Noam Chomsky, and Stanislaw Lem. Truly a mixed bag of talents, outlooks, and temperaments, able to put the most appropriate response together depending on circumstance. Unfortunately, almost all safely out of reach. I could make cases for many others, but again, few of them are alive today.
#2 Richard (Guest) on Monday October 03, 2016 at 12:42pm
I’m on the Mormons’ side on this one. There are better ways to stand up to them than spying and hacking.
#3 Randy (Guest) on Monday October 03, 2016 at 7:52pm
“Because they don’t make movies like they used to”
This is an obviously true statement referring to the bad quality of the end product, when it comes to Hollywood. Foreign and truly independent film is usually better, but hard to find in some places… Frankly I have a much better time watching 20 short student films, than anything from Hollywood.
#4 Randy (Guest) on Monday October 03, 2016 at 7:54pm
“You’ve got to at least admit that there’s something spiritual”
No. First you have to define “spiritual”. Sam Harris gave it a go. I haven’t read it yet.
#5 Randy (Guest) on Monday October 03, 2016 at 7:58pm
“wow, are we all that old?”
I keep levelling up, and just like that Pokémon Go game, everything takes more retries now. The customer support department is about the same too.
#6 Randy (Guest) on Monday October 03, 2016 at 8:06pm
“I don’t know where Paul is”
This is a good first line for a novel.
If you keep Trump in, you could make it something Seinfeld-ian…
Without Trump, something more waiting for Godot…