We Deserve to Be Wiped Out

February 20, 2015

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

Ohio public radio covers the bill championed by CFI-Northeast Ohio to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages.

The brilliant and delightful Oliver Sacks reflects on his mortality, having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He handles this kind of imminent end much, much better than I would

NYT's Laurie Goodstein looks at the challenge faced by American imams trying to keep ISIS from recruiting young men

Sarah Jones alerts us to a bill in Kansas that would create a special privileged class of foster care families, based entirely on meeting conservative religious criteria:

As written, Senate Bill 158 requires couples seeking this designation to be married and heterosexual, to abstain from alcohol and tobacco and to agree to attend a “social group larger than the family that meets regularly, preferably at least weekly” in order to qualify. Only one parent would be permitted to work outside the home. We can all guess which parent that’s most likely to be.

Judge in Washington state says sorry, you can't play the religion card in order to discriminate against gay folks in your business. 

The University of Scranton looks to nix all health insurance coverage of abortions because of “fidelity to our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit Institution.”  

Pope Fluffy, being decidedly un-fluffy, says trans people are like nuclear weapons. Because they can cause a nuclear winter. No, because they can incinerate entire cities in an instant. No, that's not it either. Well, I'm sure it makes sense when he explains it.

Comedian Steve Hill, an atheist, and one of the judges of the No God But Funny contest, is running as a write-in candidate for California's state senate. 

What are Indigo children, you ask? (Oh, you didn't ask? Let's pretend you did.) Well, someone from the "School of Metaphysics" says, "They walk through walls, they can start fires they can do all kinds of things with their mental abilities." Oh okay!

Best Darwin Day photo-op thing ever

For your one-two punch of blowhards, we have Bill O'Reilly calling for U.S. clergy to lead a "holy war" against ISIS, I think, and maybe Obama too. It's not clear. And then we have Glenn Beck who says that if the U.S. preserves net neutrality, "We deserve to be wiped out. If you're this stupid, America." I'm sure this bit of unpatriotic bluster will end Beck's career, right? Ahem. 

Scurvy. It's back. Yaarrrrrgh?? 

Quote of the Day 

Flemming Rose, editor of Jyllands-Posten which published the famous "Danish cartoons" of Muhammed, explains his reasoning for commissioning the cartoons, and why he'd do it again:

What do you do when people adhering to a faith or ideology insist that others with different convictions submit themselves to taboos outside sacred places? Over the years, my answer to that challenge has been consistent. If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission, and that is incompatible with a liberal democracy. 

We'd do it again too, by the way.     

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