Look at All Those Corpses, Noah!

November 27, 2013

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

Get warm and fuzzy, folks, because CFI just launched a video ad in Times Square for Thanksgiving! The baby in the ad was not consumed by any nonbelievers. 

Maria Beelen of On Campus affiliate Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley, recounts the mounting of the big Neil deGrasse Tyson event they held where this happened

Hobby Lobby manages to get its "poor-us-we're-oppressed" religious freedom case to the Supreme Court

Ed Brayton reacts to a Muslim Times post that asserts a freedom from being offended by atheists:

You do not have any right to go through life with no one ever saying anything that offends you. And the only thing that costs lives are barbaric authoritarians who think they have a right to kill someone who offends them. 

Today in Catholic Church sexual abuse: Archdiocese of Chicago pays $2.3 million in a settlement for a victim, and the Vatican is asked to move $50 million from a cemetery trust fund to settle bankruptcy claims against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

Michigan may require women to buy separate insurance for abortion coverage. 

CFI-DC's Simon Davis writes at The Press Project on the rise of a Greek opposition party using a lot of anti-science alarmism to block legislation to bring down drug prices.

CFI library master Tim Binga writes about the early 20th century phenomenon of "Little Blue Books," a cute way to turn the masses to socialism. 

Ron Reagan Jr. records a radio ad for FFRF. Maybe CFI can get one of the Bush daughters?

Emily Willingham looks at recent research showing that the pertussis vaccine may have some weaknesses, but is still better than no vaccine. 

Joe Nickell on how another presumed spontaneous human combustion event actually wasn't. 

Sarah Silverman gets mushy about her nonbelief, but on her assertion that atheists can be just as obnoxious as believers? Well, that's the same as saying humans are as obnoxious as other humans. 

The U.S. merges its Vatican embassy's facilities with its Italian embassy to save costs, but folks get grouchy about it anyway.  

AHA settles with Rankin County School District over its religious assemblies. 

Atheist Centre of India celebrates 75 years with an international conference in January

Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz suffers a stroke after a psychic tells him he's going to die. 

The whole Christians-refuse-to-tip-a-gay-server thing might, mightbe a hoax

Whether your tongue be in your cheek this holiday or not, Lauren Markoe assembles a gift guide of religions, for example, The Awkward Moments Children's Bible. Look at all those corpses, Noah!

Quote of the Day

Even Noam Chomsky thinks 9/11 trutherism is dumb:

There happen to be a lot of people around who spend an hour on the Internet and think they know a lot physics, but it doesn’t work like that. There’s a reason there are graduate schools in these departments. . . . There is just overwhelming evidence that the Bush administration wasn’t involved. Very elementary evidence. You don’t have to be a physicist to understand it. You just have to think for a minute.

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