Posh Booing Noises

November 5, 2015

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CFI's Michael De Dora appeared on HuffPost Live yesterday for a really substantive and thorough panel discussion on the crisis in Bangladesh. Do make time for it today. 

The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, calls on the Bangladeshi government to take action:

There is an urgent need for a concerted response to prevent more killings by promptly bringing the perpetrators to justice, and by taking effective measures to protect writers, publishers and any other people in Bangladesh who are being threatened with violence. The State must not allow extremist groups to take matters into their own hands. 

Tanvir Haider Chaudhury, a friend of the slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, writes that Dipan was not "irreligious," per se, but that "he believed in the free expression of ideas, you see. He was committed to this simple philosophy of tolerance and acceptance that makes a person a heretic here, turns him into a walking corpse."

Our friends at CFI–Canada are cited in Global News for their work to urge the new Trudeau government to engage on the Bangladesh issue. 

Carrie Poppy endures this horrid concoction known as "GorgeousPil," which is not a pill, but a spicy sludge that she's supposed to consume in order to become, well, "more gorgeous." In the accompanying video, she almost gags. "It's all over my pants." I am so sorry you did that, Carrie. 

Anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" in California are really upset because the state is going to require them to post information stating that a) they are not actually medically licensed and b) you can get an abortion somewhere else if you need one. The nerve

Stephen Law considers the role of the armchair, as it were, as he explores the value of philosophy in "revealing the fundamental metaphysical nature of reality." 

Elizabeth Bruenig at The New Republic ponders what she sees as the "softening" of relations between believers and nonbelievers, but the headline, "Is the New Atheism Dead?", is a bit much. 

CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is briefly cited in a Today.com piece on auras, for what that's worth. 

Reflecting on the new movie Spotlight, which dramatizes the Boston Globe's reporting on the Catholic Church's cover-up of sex abuse, Frank Bruni says, "the church had been coddled, benefiting from the American way of giving religion a free pass and excusing religious institutions not just from taxes but from rules that apply to other organizations."   

Meanwhile in Minnesota, a jury awards $8.1 million to a church abuse victim who sued the Diocese of Duluth. 

If you're in the DC area, Rep. Don Beyer is holding a discussion on climate change called "Just the Facts" at George Mason University on November 19.

The American Meteorological Society pushes back against House Science Committee chair Lamar Smith, who has been going to war with the NOAA and its work on climate change.

In Thailand, Buddhist radicals are pushing hard to make theirs the official state religion, very much at the expense of the Muslim minority. 

For the second time in the past few weeks, a mob of angry Hindus attacks and kills a Muslim suspected of stealing a cow.  

CBS This Morning looks at the growing trend among millennials to forego being married by clergy, and opting for a secular officiant who's, you know, just one of their friends. 

The Greek "sea monster" is probably a boat fender. Sorry.

Headline of the Day, from USA Today: "Everything you need to know about the plague" 

Patricia Miller comments on Jeb Bush's idea for a religious liberty commission:

Unfortunately for Jeb, it’s not 2000. It’s no longer sufficient to leverage opposition to abortion and gay marriage to attract religious conservatives. Today it’s all about God-fearing Christians being forced to bake gay wedding cakes and Kim Davis. As a result, Bush’s religious liberty commission feels a lot like his campaign in general: dated, a little too restrained, and tone-deaf to the issues motivating Republican primary voters.

Ouch. 

Ben Carson says the Egyptian pyramids were actually really big granaries, because God helped build them and not aliens. 

I agree with Shehab Khan, who says "To the person who is in charge of subtitles at the BBC, you deserve a knighthood." 

[POSH BOOING NOISES IN BACKGROUND] 

Quote of the Day:  

Justin Trudeau's government takes power in Canada, which includes the new post of Science Minister, held by Kirsty Duncan, a medical geographer. My Twitter-friend Peggy Prevell is a little enthusiastic about it:

WE HAVE A SCIENTIST AS THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE, NO YOU'RE THE ONE WHO IS CRYING FROM HAPPINESS, OK NO THAT'S ME.  
 
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