December 26, 2017

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

Tom really did it. Tom Flynn livestreamed himself at his desk for his whole workday on Christmas. Luckily, each magical moment is now preserved on the internet machine, so you can relive it over and over and over and over again. Oh, and according to Martina Fern at the end of the livestream, we raised over $2500 for Secular Rescue, which was then matched to make over $5000. That's great.

The Columbus Dispatch does a story on the nonreligious celebrations of Christmas, and guess who's in the first damn sentence: It's our own Monette Richards, head of CFI Northeast Ohio!

Last week, we filed a complaint in D.C. against CVS Health over their sale and marketing of homeopathic products. Our legal director Nick Little summed it up:

You can’t display something under a sign saying ‘cold and flu’ without sending the message to customers that it treats colds and the flu. Homeopathy does not and cannot treat colds and the flu, or anything else. All it can do is empty your wallet.

Ohio's Gov. John Kasich, who you'll remember wants you to think he's the reasonable, compassionate Republican, signs into law a ban on the abortion of fetuses believed to have Down syndrome.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that unless a church has a policy saying otherwise, the good people of Texas are free to bring their firearms into God's house. 

Once again, a federal judge has blocked the president's attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country, this time issuing an injunction on the administration's efforts to keep refugee family members from joining their relatives who have already made it to the U.S.

Here's a weird thing. A study from Finland says that because we're not being evolutionarily selected out as we might have been in pre-Industrial times, today there are a lot more atheists, autistics, and left-handed folks. "Lack of belief in God is connected to genetic mutations which cause attributes such as left-handedness or autism, the paper argues." And I'm all, excuse me?

A "candidate" for the GOP nomination for Texas governor, Larry SECEDE Kilgore (actual name), says he'd "gladly execute a convicted adulterer, sodomite or bestialiter. Biblical law is a blessin." I think he's got a real shot.

Some real estate guy with a radio show in California has this other guy on who wrote a book called Atheism Kills: The Dangers of a World Without God – And Cause for Hope, and I guess they talk about how atheism will ruin your finances. Well, representing a sample size of one, I can say that there may be merit to this. 

These "Saints of Science" candles are creepy. I don't like the way Neil deGrasse Tyson is looking at me. 

This happened a month ago, but I missed it somehow. Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov apparently got a lot of people all excited when he said something about bacteria on the modules of the International Space Station that wasn't there when they modules were launched, saying, "they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface." So people are of course thinking "OMG ALIENS" but it's not. Neel V. Patel at Slate explains why there's almost no reason to believe that these little microbugs swabbed off the Russians' module are from anywhere other than Earth. 

I know. Fake news coming from Russia. What world are we living in? 

Anyway, we all know the real alien is Elon Musk

Quote of the Day:

The great Mark Hammill, who you might know as the guy who plays Hayden Christensen's son in some sci-fi movies, sends this greeting:

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