Crispy Bug Balls

December 11, 2015

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

Rick Jervis at USA Today looks at the tent revival that is the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy.

Republicans courting the Jewish vote are facepalming over Trump's Trumpiness:

“The Jewish community, collectively, has that institutional memory, and institutional scars from previous events in history where a group based solely on religion was persecuted,” said Lee Cowen, a Republican strategist, adding that Trump was damaging the party. 

Scott Maxwell at the Orlando Sentinel laments the ostentatious approach to prayer taken by politicians (and says Jesus would lament it too):

I'm often skeptical of politicians who — despite their ability to pray on their own — seem fixated on doing it when cameras are rolling and they have crowds assembled to watch. 

Jex Blackmore, national spokeswoman for the Satanic Temple, seeks to demystify the experience of having an abortion by live-blogging her own. 

Aw, look at the smiling, totally un-cynical faces of our outreach team wishing everyone a happy whatever-you-celebrate in the latest Campus Inquirer

IHEU releases its latest Freedom of Thought report, and unsurprisingly, finds that "there has been a rise in extrajudicial violence" against seculars around the world. 

The example of this escalation that has dominated so much of our efforts this year: Bangladesh. Charles Parkinson at VICE looks at the terrifying state of affairs for atheist bloggersDeutsche Welle has a video piece on the same subject, focusing on the death of Niloy Neel and the struggles of Shammi Haque who escaped the country.

A group of American Muslims is raising money to help out the victims of the San Bernardino shooting:

All fundraising proceeds will help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families. No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way.  

The early bird gets the nativity space

The Force...quantified

One day, the food sources we depend upon will become too scarce. So Ikea's research lab proposes insect meatballs including "crispy bug balls." I think my podcast co-host would like these. 

Quote of the Day:

Zuckerberg, tech CEO playing the role of statesman: 

After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.
 
As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn't against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you're a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
  
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Comments:

#1 Randy on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 4:55am

Facebook: “... we will fight to protect your rights ...”  just don’t get your subject on their naughty list, or the page (and your account) will disappear.  Because, you know, freedom and equality.  Or something.

Facebook should be regulated as a utility like the phones.  And it should be implemented as an open protocol, rather than a centralized service.  But that would make sense.

#2 Randy on Thursday December 24, 2015 at 5:02am

“crispy bug balls”

This is the gift of Christianity, and all religions (including capitalism) that place reproduction on a pedestal.

Can you imagine a family farmer, having spent his life raising cattle and goats and chickens, having to spend his dying days enjoying “crispy bug balls” because our system did nothing to ensure the continuation of a way of life that GAVE BIRTH to civilization in the Mediterranean?

What happens when the carpet is pulled out from under this species?  We’ve built such a rickety structure to support this obscene population.  What happens when it falls?  We’ve wiped out even the possibility of returning to the old ways that enabled us to have time to learn.

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