Sit on the Lap of Satan

January 7, 2014

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

Since we all know abstinence-only sex ed doesn't work, let's stop funding it. Join this CFI action alert to support new legislation. 

Chris Emdin and Josh Zepps talk about shaking up education and making science accessible for students on the latest Point of Inquiry.

Hundreds of Bibles are seized in Malaysia for using the word "Allah" to refer to God. Or Yaweh. Or LORD. Or whatever. 

This needs to be a reality: Oklahoma Satanists reveal the design of the monument they want to erect at the Capitol, and say:

The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond. The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures. The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation. 

Michael and Jenet Erickson opining in Deseret News want you to stop the mean-spirited stereotyping of people who want to make sure gays can never get married.

Marcus Leshock at WGN news thinks you should take advantage of the snow and cold and do some science

The Vatican says the Pope is not all that fluffy, and is opposed to same-sex civil unions

Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia lifts a ban on atheism

Whether or not you think Pastor Ryan Bell's year-as-an-atheist thing is a stunt, his employers, showing Christian love, just fired him for it, and that's messed up. Hemant wants to help

CFI-Michigan will host Aubrey Adrianson tomorrow to talk about how to "hack away at the sexism which appears in our day to day lives." Then on Saturday, the Michiganders help out at a local food bank.

The awesome Jennifer Michael Hecht will be at CFI-DC on Sunday to talk about her new book. 

Isaac Chotiner notes a big difference between right-wing and liberal deniers of certain kinds of science (like climate change denial versus GMO resistance): The liberals can stomach their own outlets telling them the truth. 

A woman dies from using cesium chloride as an alternative cancer treatment. 

Ben Radford on the ongoing morass of Bigfootery: "If Bigfoot researchers wish to be taken seriously, they could start by cleaning their own house." Srsly, guys. 

Dear Canada: Please do a better job of vetting your cabinet ministers. Former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer says the aliens are here, and they're not sharing their stuff because humans are jerks. I mean, that last part is true.  

The Society for Science-Based Medicine is launched. 

Reviewing a book about the current angst within Evangelical Christianity, Michael Robbins disses "faddish atheism" and calls Dawkins, Hitchens, and Dennett's books "ignorant."

Cheryl Chumley at the Washington Times seems to think that noting that one is an ex-Mormon atheist is a de facto "mocking" of Mormons.

Man, building a giant boat to fit two of every species on Earth is PRICEY. 

Take a look at the mountain! Take a look at the beautiful river of BLOOD!!!* (Oh wait.) 

Anti-quote of the Day comes from Ross Douthat (of course):

One of the problems with belonging to a faction that’s convinced it’s on the winning side of intellectual history is that it becomes easy to persuade oneself that one’s own worldview has no weak points whatsoever, no internal contradictions or ragged edges, no cracks through which a critic’s wedge could end up driven. This kind of overconfidence has been displayed, at various points in the human story, by everyone from millenarians to Marxists, inquisitors to eugenicists. But right now its vices are often found in a certain type of atheistic polemicist, and in a style of anti-religious argument that’s characterized by a peculiar, almost-willed ignorance of why reasonable people might doubt the scientific-materialist worldview. 

And that's where I stopped reading. You can feel free, though. 

Quote of the Day

Jill Filipovic on the legal battles against the contraceptive mandate:

[The Little Sisters] lawsuit itself, and the related suits challenging the contraception mandate, offer an increasingly troubling look at just how far peddlers of far-right ideology will go not just to claim their own right to live according to their beliefs, but to mandate that you and I do the same. 

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*Anyone get that reference without googling it? 

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