Bleeding Grapefruits

February 22, 2013

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

International human rights experts present "a plan of action to prevent incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence" in regard to "national, racial and religious hatred." Yes, CFI will be looking very closely at this.

We know you love smart, science-and-secularism podcasts. You should tell the world by donning the new Point of Inquiry T-shirt. It might help if you make this face, as modeled by CFI's own Sarah Kaiser.

CFI yesterday trumpeted our inclusion in the Respect for Marriage coalition, dedicated to the repeal of DOMA and in support of marriage equality. 

Holy moly, this alleged psychic really does know everything about the people he's reading. See how

This is almost too crazy: A court in Pakistan will reopen an 84-year-old case in which a writer was murdered for allegedly blasphemous material, and the murderer sentenced to death. The case is being reopened because of the notion that the writer "invited his death" by blaspheming, thereby exonerating his murderer.  

African Americans for Humanism's website has more information on several Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers events. The day will include the launch of the group Black Nonbelievers of Dallas.

Texas Christian University gets an atheist group, the Freethinking Frogs. 

George Washington University Secular Society is CFI On Campus's affiliate of the week

Prove you found a real alien spacecraft, win $100,000

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been on many lists as a possible pope-to-be, but he still has to go and get deposed about - guess what! - priestly sex abuse under his watch. 

Roy Speckhardt finds the silver lining in whatever happens with the next pope:

For humanists, the selection of the next pope is a win-win situation. Either a more humanistic modernizing force that respects science and opposes discrimination will be elected to help bring the church into the 21st century, or a conservative traditionalist will be chosen to continue the backward prejudices and repressive tendencies that contribute so significantly to the flight from faith that is destroying organized religion. So either Catholicism is about to become more humanistic, or there's about to be lots more former Catholics coming to humanism. 

Steven Ramey at HuffPo: Naming the "Nones" as a group has caused many interests to vie to claim them as their own. Ahem.

Denver police arrest two fake psychics, and are looking for a third who likes to make grapefruits bleed. 

This is ugly: Evangelical TV show is convincing its viewers that it can cure them of life-threatening illnesses by touching the television. (h/t Sharon

Kopplin-mania continues as the 19-year-old anti-creationism activist is profiled by the Houston Press, and lauded by Andrew Sullivan ("Know hope.").

Yoga classes in a California public school system are being challenged in court on church-state separation grounds.

Fox News reports that a group of Ethiopian Christians have been rounded up by the Saudi religious police.  

At any moment, the universe could be swallowed up by another universe at the speed of light. Sleep well! 

Joe Nickell takes a whack at the recent claims of death-by-spontaneous-combustion in Oklahoma, and uses the word "blarney." 

NCSE announces the winners of its "Friend of Darwin" awards. 

Ignoring jerks might just be effective. No, really! Science! 

Military chaplains being trained via computer battlefield simulations. 

Quote of the Day

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, a Mormon and Republican, makes a case for marriage equality in The American Conservative. In doing so, he even gives a small nod to un-churched marriages:

All Americans should be treated equally by the law, whether they marry in a church, another religious institution, or a town hall. This does not mean that any religious group would be forced by the state to recognize relationships that run counter to their conscience. Civil equality is compatible with, and indeed promotes, freedom of conscience.

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