The Continent of Magical Realism

December 31, 2014

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

It's a light day, folks, but, you know what they say: No news is good news, because it means a short Heresy

Uki Goñi at The Guardian clears up the whole thing about adopting a baby to prevent lycanthropy:

Like all good urban myths, the articles were based on a grain of truth: by tradition, the seventh son (or daughter) born to an Argentine family is eligible to become the godson (or daughter) of the president. Until this month, the honour had only been bestowed on Christian babies, but on Wednesday, Iair Tawil – not a baby, but the strapping 21-year old son of a rabbi – became the country’s first Jewish presidential godson. ... But somehow, the story became entangled with the ancient legend of the lobizón (Argentina’s equivalent to the European werewolf). According to some versions of the myth, the seventh son of the seventh son is particularly prone to fall victim to the curse.

Evidently, the chance meeting of a Latin American president with a colourful myth too good to fact-check proved irresistible – confirming as it did any number of stereotypes about erratic behaviour from national leaders in the continent of magical realism.

Scotland holds its first same-sex marriages, complete with humanist celebrants. 

Pope Fluffy angers conservatives (again) for being fluffy about the climate

Slate looks at how zoologist Jeff Hardin, an Evangelical, is looking to persuade his fellow believers to accept and appreciate evolution.

Ethan Siegel tackles the claims made by Eric Metaxas that science proves God's existence.  

Naomi Wolf jumps many sharks. ISIS, Ebola, all conspiracies of the U.S. government.

New Harris poll data shows small drops in God-belief.  

New York City, get ready for a multi-million-dollar lobbying push for more money for Orthodox Jewish schools. 

Joel Osteen is truthy

Anyway, stay safe tonight, everybody. Happy New Year. 

Quote of the Day

The Onion thanks Jonas Salk for nothing:

Developed the polio vaccine a few decades ago but did absolutely zilch in 2014. Embarrassing. 

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Comments:

#1 DougEBarr on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 8:06am

Two too many on God. We really must leave God alone and focus on humanity. http://www.thelastwhy.ca/poems/2006/9/26/god.html

#2 jeremyatc on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 8:24am

One too many comments about the number of articles about God.

Doug, when CFI offers you the job of writing the Morning Heresy, you can pick the articles. Fair enough?

#3 DougEBarr on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 9:25am

@jeremyate It wasn’t a criticism the articles were picked but that they were written.

#4 jeremyatc on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 10:17am

Doug, I apologize for being a jackass.

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