Tedious, Difficult, Infuriating Work

December 5, 2013

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

CFI has taken over the fantastic Freethought Books Project, which provides skepto-atheist books to prisoners and hooks them up with volunteer pen pals at CFI branches. It's great.  

I'm just wondering, are you guys listening to the relaunched Point of Inquiry yet? Hey, it's me talking here. I'm just getting caught up after holiday travel and whatnot, and I'm telling you. It's great.

Rob Boston has a new book coming out in March: Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do. Sounds right up our alley. 

Bob Dylan is being investigated for "provoking ethnic hatred." No, really. The French are not happy with him for saying this:

If you got a slave master or [Ku Klux] Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood. 

God to Tewskbury, Mass. police: Don't tase me, bro!  

Pope Francis forms a commission to address the problem of child sexual abuse within the church. 

The Verge runs a big, critical piece on James Arthur Ray, the guru behind "The Secret," who's Oprah-endorsed cult activities have resulted in three deaths.

February 1 is the African Americans for Humanism conference with CFI-DC. 

Chris Stedman scores a regular column with Religion News Service. Congrats!

David Niose interviews Sikivu Hutchinson on secularism's responsibilities in social justice. 

Missouri's Oak Scouts aim to offer a scouting experience for kids regardless of religious belief or sexual orientation. 

CFI-Canada tries to post billboard ads in Vancouver, and get rejected by the agency. (CFI-Canada works independently from the transnational organization, us. Plus they spell it "Centre.")

Sharon Hill wants you to realize how crummy our ability to remember really is:

If there is one fact that I wish we could all accept early in life, I would vote for drumming in the idea that memory is not like a tape recorder. If we learn this truth about the human mind, we could avoid so much trouble. Memory is constructed. Pause a moment and let that sink in. 

Get ready to hold down your breakfast over this ad from Arkansas senator Mark Pryor

Joe Nickell heaps praise on Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner

Katie Couric promotes nonsense "both sides" canard about the HPV vaccine. 

Detroit Free Press editorializes against a plan in Michigan to require women to purchase separate insurance for abortion coverage, and would rather it go to popular vote than be passed in legislature. 

Merriam-Webster names its word of the year. Relax, it's not a stupid one. It's "science." 

Look what CFI library-master Tim Binga found: a weird ozone machine thing! For health! Or something. 

Poet Yahya Hassan is under police protection in Denmark after publishing a book critical of Islam and getting beaten up for it. 

Libertarian climate deniers and Christian end-timers unite

Even atheists get a little nervous when daring God to do terrible things to them. 

Reuters reports that Thailand is sending Muslim refugees into human trafficking rings

Sarah Posner reports on the clash between Americans United and the religious Alliance Defending Freedom over taxation and politicking from the pulpit. 

Quote of the Day

Daniel Loxton posts the text of his address from this year's CFI Summit:

After all these centuries, the need for that tedious, difficult, infuriating work is still as great as it always has been. We humanists and atheists can support that work—even when scientific skepticism is not our primary cause.

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