Blind Faith in Miraculous Power

December 18, 2013

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

Americans' trust in clergy has hit a new low, according to Gallup, though they're still way more trusted than Congress.  

SPEAKING OF WHICH. St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt steps down from his public role as he faces child sex abuse allegations. But remember, Satan is behind gay marriage

An opposable thumbs-up as Texas science textbooks with actual science in them are cleared for adoption

CFI's Michael De Dora writes to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to urge them to include protection of the nonreligious in the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2013.  

Evan Bernick at National Review says even nonbelievers should support Hobby Lobby and oppose the contraceptive mandate because something-something "blind faith in government’s miraculous power" something.

Pope Francis uses his magic powers to make a centuries-dead Jesuit priest into a saint

"Think this is ridiculous? We agree!" So declares a Flying Spaghetti Monster display in the Wisconsin State Capitol from the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Climate change is going to ruin everything, in case you didn't know. 

New York State Senator Andrew Lanza calls for a boycott of all of Times Square and for American Atheists' nonprofit status to be revoked because the Holocaust. AA responds with an open letter to the Godwinian.

Wall St. Cheat Sheet lists 10 homeopathic "cures" that made money despite being total scams. What, only 10?

Those who believe in astrology are prone to making bad decisions. YOU DON'T SAY. 

Andrew Sullivan continues to swoon over Pope Fluffy as he shakes up his Congregation of Bishops. 

PolitiFact calls bulls*** on folks who say the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) is a threat to religious freedom

73% of Americans believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus, including 32% of "nones." 

That thing where a kid was suspended for saying "Merry Christmas"? Hoax

Freethought Equality Fund endorses a slate of Democrats. 

The Gainesville Sun gives fair warning to it readers that Tom Flynn is in town

Charles Nolan would like you to know about his new book The Holy Bluff: The Search for Meaning in the Post-Religious Age

Note on today's image: Okay, listen. I sat through the entire awful video of Warrant's awful song "Blind Faith" just to find a somewhat snicker-worthy image for today's post, and it isn't even all that good of a picture, but I need to move on with my day. Guys, it was terrible. I just hope you appreciate what I go through for you guys. 

Quote of the Day

Apple CEO Tim Cook in a speech in support of ENDA:

Not far from where I lived, I remember very vividly witnessing a cross burning ... This image was permanently imprinted in my brain, and it would change my life forever. For me, the cross burning was a symbol of ignorance, of hatred and of fear of anyone different than the majority. I could never understand it, and I knew then that America's and Alabama's history would always be scarred by the hatred that it represented. ... Never allow the majority to limit the rights of the minority. Never allow people who fear anyone different from themselves to limit others' human rights or deny others' human dignity.

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