Just Big Dudes Walking You Where You Need to Be

November 20, 2015

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

So that thing I said we'd be launching yesterday unless something went terribly wrong? Well, it wasn't terribly wrong, but wrong enough that the thing has to launch today instead. BUT IT'LL BE TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Free Inquiry has opened up a few new articles for free access on the website, including, most importantly, our boss Ron Lindsay's last Free Inquiry column as our boss, where he focuses on humanism and hope. Also:

Trump says Muslims should have to register in a national database. Yep that's what he said. 

Emma Green at The Atlantic explores the problems with polling about religion, and discusses the topic with Leah Libresco on the FiveThirtyEight podcast What's the Point.

Amy Lynn Smith at Electablog makes it clear what's wrong with the Catholic hospital system:

[Trinity] hospital submitted a brief arguing that state and federal law allow Trinity to “refuse to allow abortions to be performed on hospital premises,” in the context of emergency miscarriage treatment when the woman’s life or health is at risk. Let that sink in: Even when a woman’s life or health is at risk, this Catholic health system doesn’t feel a responsibility — legal, ethical or otherwise — to help her. And they’re perfectly comfortable saying it in a public legal document. 

John Kasich: Did I say I wanted an agency to promote Christianity overseas? No, of course not, that's crazy. I just want to make Voice of America do it

"Cancer quack" Stanislaw Burzynski goes before a disciplinary hearing of the Texas Medical Board.  

Joe Nickell rounds up a slew of alleged Bigfoot claims that turned out to be bears, and I learn that there are a lot more kinds of bears than I thought. 

This warms my cold, dead heart: Members of the Satanic Temple in Minneapolis offer to assist and accompany Muslims who feel in danger of backlash:

We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence — just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily accompany you so you can get some groceries. 

Ted Cruz forms a "national prayer team." I just don't know, guys. 

Mayor of Stockton, California gives God the key to the city. God doesn't show up, says he can already get in whenever he wants. Omnipotence, etc. 

Quote of the Day:

Life is often too short to read David Brooks columns. Thankfully, S.T. Joshi did it for us, and responds to a recent column in which Brooks says that the "secular substitutes for religion" are "nationalism, racism and political ideology." Joshi writes:

So it appears that, if I am not religious, I must be a nationalist, a racist, and/or a political ideologue. Am I the only secularist who is deeply offended by this implication?

The true secular substitute for religion is reason. If that is not enough to get us through this current terrorism crisis, then we might as well say goodbye to civilization.   

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Comments:

#1 Chris Savage (Guest) on Friday November 20, 2015 at 8:41am

(Psst! It’s “Eclectablog”, not “Electablog” : )

#2 Randy on Saturday November 21, 2015 at 8:41pm

“Trump says Muslims should have to register in a national database.”

The thing about this is that, thanks to Snowden (or Facebook), we know that we’re all of us in a government (or government-accessible) database anyway, in more detail that we’d be comfortable knowing.

Rather than being only the statement of discrimination which you first see, it’s also a statement of inefficiency unbefitting someone who claims to run things well.

#3 Scott Hanley (Guest) on Sunday November 22, 2015 at 12:57pm

“there are a lot more kinds of bears than I thought”

No, no. It’s just that, unlike the Model T, black bears (Ursus americanus) comes in many more colors than black.

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