The Most Adorable Exorcist

April 4, 2014

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

Alan Greenblatt at NPR reports on the numerous ways lawmakers in states are trying to allow student prayer in public schools. Hedy Weinberg of the Tennessee ACLU said, "What we see — and this is a trend across the country — is that there's an effort to impose one's religious doctrine in school settings."  

The ban on Twitter is lifted in Turkey following a high court ruling (and the end of the elections). YouTube remains blocked. 

Bob Smietana reports that a federal judge has ruled that NYC can now ban churches from using public schools for religious services.  

Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn, looks like it has "a sea of water," -- warm water at that -- and is now the likeliest candidate for extraterrestrial life in the Solar System.  

Catholic school teachers in Cincinnati are faced with a new contract that restricts their personal lives more than ever. Michael D. Clark reports:

For the first time, it details prohibited practices such as gay "lifestyles," out-of-wedlock relationships, abortions and fertility methods that go against Catholic teachings. 

Brook Wilensky-Lanford talks up the "spiritual frontier" that is my own state of Maine, a state whose religious diversity I might actually experience if I ever left the house. 

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has its new CEO Brendan Eich for 11 days, during which time employees and the developer community around it rejected the CEO's support of anti-gay marriage initiatives. Yesterday, he resigned.

There are approximately 90 billion skeptic events happening over the next few weeks - just this weekend, we've got our own Debbie Goddard appearing at SkepTech 2: Electric Boogaloo (best name ever), the first of which won an award from CFI last year; SkeptiCamp Chicago, and ReasonFest 4

A school vouchers bill goes down in Mississippi, thanks to some Republican votes to reject it. 

Kathleen Oropeza opines against Florida's proposed voucher expansion, hitting hard the fact that religious schools, free to discriminate against students, would be receiving taxpayer funds. 

Satan is making graham crackers gay

Muslim parents in Dearborn say that fliers in public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a church violate church-state separation 

Gamma rays from the center of our galaxy may indicate the presence of dark matter (and might also turn you into the Hulk). 

Jerry Coyne at TNR takes apart a Chronicle of Higher Education piece by Jeffrey Kripal on the "transhuman signals" supposedly out of the reach of science.

CFI-Canada (which operates independently from the U.S. CFI) is protesting Uganda and Nigeria's anti-gay laws at those countries' High Commissions in Ottawa this Saturday.

Hawaii's ACLU files a lawsuit over the state's Preschool Open Doors program, which provides taxpayer funds to religious preschools. 

Chemistry-enthusiast blog Compound Interest presents a handy (and I'd imagine wall-hangable) "Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science" chart.  

Friendly Atheist excerpts Growing Up Godless, on raising kids without religion.

On the opposite end of that, here's the most adorable exorcist.  

Quote of the Day

Two zingers from Mark Crislip on the alt-med practice of "cupping": 

Basically cupping gives the patient a hickey without, usually, the mess and aggravation of making out.

And... 

More studies needed. They always say that, no matter how ridiculous the intervention. I would beg to differ. There is no reason to waste time and money on interventions with no reason to work. 

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Comments:

#1 Michael Sohns (Guest) on Friday April 04, 2014 at 10:38am

I’m going to the grocery store tonight to buy some Honey Maid graham crackers, and I invite all of you to do the same.

I need something wholesome to take the taste of American “Decency” lout of my mouth.

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