Infinitely Many Infinities
January 31, 2014
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
CFI boss Ron Lindsay announces he's got a new book coming out this year from Pitchstone Press on the need to untangle religion from policy. It was either that idea, or this one:
I know, I know... people probably wanted an anthology of my wildly popular blog posts. Maybe next time.
CFI's Debbie Goddard weighs in at Religion News Service on the wisdom of the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate:
If we don’t let [creationists'] ideas see the light of day we can’t develop the tools to address them. And we don’t just need the tools of facts and evidence, but also of understanding their views and compassion for them if we want to be effective at changing their minds.
Ed Brayton, quoted in The Rapidian, represents CFI-Michigan in a counterpoint to an Acton Institute event's assertion about "threats to our religious liberty":
Telling a business that they can’t discriminate against LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people is no more a threat to religious freedom than all [the] other anti-discrimination laws that have existed for half a century.
At Skeptical Inquirer, Kylie Sturgess interviews Australian pro-immunization activist Dr. Katie Attwell.
Wow, South Dakota legislators aren't even hiding it. Dig this text from a new bill:
No school board or school administrator may prohibit a teacher in public or nonpublic school from providing instruction on intelligent design or other related topics.
Archdiocese of Chicago settle a sex-abuse lawsuit for $3.2 million.
The Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming is joining the pile-on of challengers to the contraceptive mandate.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to former Egyptian legislator Amr Hamzawy, charged with insulting the judiciary in a tweet.
Easily the best headline of the day, coming from Slate: "Organic Shmorganic: Conventional fruits and vegetables are perfectly healthy for kids."
National Constitution Center asks a good question: Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) even constitutionally legit?
CFI's Michael De Dora will be among the speakers at the Coalition for Liberty and Justice's conference on February 7.
Here's one unfortunate result of people believing in ghosts, even when you don't. From the lede in a piece from the Providence Journal:
Norma Sutcliffe says she does not believe that ghosts or spirits haunt her house. But the people trespassing on her property, bothering her neighbors and posting personal information on the Internet are very real.
Hey look! A new On Campus Affiliate of the Week! It's the Gulf Coast State College Center for Inquiry On Campus, and it looks like they're up to some great stuff.
In South Carolina a high school football coach is baptizing his players (why is it always the football coaches?), and has been ordered to stop.
UK's National Secular Society announces its Secularist of the Year shortlist...(I hope it's me I hope it's me I hope it's me)...aaaaand it's not me.
Now on tour: The corpse of Bigfoot!
Fake-psychics scam a woman out of $120k to save her kid from sickness and demons.
You want to see Jesus? You need to stub your toe.
Quote of the Day
Herb Silverman will blow your theological mind:
Mathematicians, unlike most theologians, recognize that their axioms are just made up, but believers assume their god is real and infinite because a finite god would be limited and could be replaced by a more powerful god. However, we now know mathematically that there can't be a largest infinity. In fact, there are infinitely many infinities. So any infinite god could theoretically be replaced by a more powerful infinite god.
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