Politics in the Sky
February 19, 2014
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
Denmark bans the religious slaughter of animals (such as for kosher meat), with the agriculture minister declaring, "Animal rights come before religion."
Alaska's legislature looks to nix an important bit of text from the state's constitution:
No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.
It never stops, does it?
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot live-tweeted their arrest and release in Sochi. Blogger Aleksei Navalny asked, "How stupid do you have to be to arrest Pussy Riot in Sochi during the Olympics?"
The latest episode of The Human Bible is (finally) up! It's got stuff on "redaction criticism," Eve and the serpent, and if you listen closely, you might hear an ad read by a certain morning heretic.
The United Church of Bacon puts up billboards in Vegas, "because bacon is real."
The Guardian is apparently interested in opening up a discussion about whether aliens might be atheists.
Jackie Chan says he was in error when he used to use tiger bones as a sore muscle remedy.
Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec will soon be a cardinal, a guy who aims to fight the "tsunami of secularization." Fun fact: "Tsunami of Secularization" is my professional wrestling name!
I had no idea who Pharrell Williams was until "Get Lucky" last year, but I did think he was about 20 years old. Turns out he's 40, and insists he's not a vampire. Didn't explicitly rule out other forms of undead, though.
Recently-passed legislation in Afghanistan that would have essentially prohibited domestic abuse victims from testifying against their abusers will reportedly be watered down.
Looks like WaPo was reprinting press releases to fill space in its health and science section.
The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers is this Sunday, February 23. Updates on events are here.
UFO skeptic Robert Sheaffer reports back from the big International UFO Congress.
"Study" by Ugandan scientists purports to justify the country's horrendous new anti-gay law with "science."
Terry Firma says "watch and wince" at the film Stray From the Flock: The Story of a Black Atheist by Andre Oliver as he talks to his family about religion in
Mysterious alien goo is bird vomit. And other explanations for seemingly paranormal things.
CFI's Ben Radford has a chapter on how TV distorts reality in the new book of essays, The Sundance Reader.
At LiveScience, Ben reports that the two German guys who vandalized the Pyramid at Giza researching "alternative history" conspiracies are being criminally charged.Despite the lack of evidence for any harm, Hawaii legislator looks to have cell phones carry warning labels.
French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo is under fire again from Islamists for its cover with the insightful observation, "The Koran is crap, it doesn't stop bullets."
Sarah Posner responds to Damon Linker's recent jabs at us seculars:
It's not cocky or flip, in a secular, pluralistic democracy, to say that constitutional principles take precedence over a particular interpretation of the Bible.
In 2024, "Under God" is out of the Pledge. How do we know? TV says so!
When Sharon Hill opens a post with "This article is a raving mess," you know it's gonna be good. Long and the short: Real superheroes with real superpowers need your money.
Oh, man. Obamasatan won't be in the big Son of God movie.
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Religion is politics in the sky.
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