Paul Fidalgo is Endorsed by Optimus Prime

May 15, 2013

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

Persecuted Bangladeshi atheist bloggers Subrata Adhikari Shuvo and Russel Parvez are released on bail.

From our Office of Public Policy, we're on board with 70 other groups pushing to keep abortion restrictions out of the congressional appropriations process.

A lot of Point of Inquiry action:

Women in Secularism 2 is, like, just about here! I feel like I just got back from the last one! Secular Woman announces grant recipients for the conference.

Mayoral candidate in North Miami claims an endorsement from Jesus Christ. You'd think you wouldn't waste news like that on a mailer, but you'd have a big press event with JC himself and the old arm-rasing hand-holding thing. Anyway, let's say that I've just been endorsed by Optimus Prime.

This August, get your hands dirty with some real-world skepticism at The Skeptic's Toolbox

Lutheran pastor Dan Delzell tells it like it is in the Christian Post:

Your response to the Christian Gospel will reveal whether you are listening to Jesus, or to Satan. There is no getting around it. Whether you take a public position on the matter or not, you are in one camp or the other. That is because there are only two camps to which souls can belong.

Oh, and also, "Satan hates everybody." FYI.  

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman, charged with blasphemy, resigns

Jakarta Globe covers the U.S. State Department's criticism of Indonesia's human rights record, specifically citing its blasphemy laws. Meanwhile, police in Indonesia kill a man suspected of being an Islamic militant attempting a bomb attack.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (yes that's his name) declares a state of emergency as Islamist "insurgents and terrorists" cause widespread violence and death. 

Our own John Shook will teach the CFI Institute online course "Secularism and Atheology: The Agendas" starting June 1. 

Islamic group in Sudan criticizes the government for not doing enough to curb atheism and apostasy

Following Islamist riots in Bangladesh, anger is boiling anew among the populace over "blasphemous" desecration of Qurans, collateral damage in the violence. 

Ben Radford at Discovery News looks at the truth behind the panic of children and "stranger danger":

In fact, children are in far more danger of being abused, kidnapped or killed by their parents than any stranger on the street. 

Orac rages against the quacks dissing Angelina Jolie. 

Zachary Heiden of the Maine ACLU tells the Bangor Daily News why prayer in school is different than prayer in the statehouse:

Nobody has to be in the Legislature. No one is forced to be in the Legislature the same way they are forced to be in school. The courts have said it’s OK for there to be prayer in the Legislature or other government meetings as long as the prayer is not overtly sectarian. 

HuffPost Live does a panel on whether religion makes you healthier. (It has a clever title: "The God Placebo")

Humanist weddings in the UK will of course lead to Jedi weddings

Even Shape magazine is getting skeptical of Dr. Oz

Quote of the Day 

RNS's Lauren Markoe interviews Candida Moss, author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom:

When people talk about being persecuted in modern America, I think it’s dangerous. I’m talking about everyone from Rick Santorum to Mitt Romney to Catholic bishops, and Bill O’Reilly talking about a war on Easter. The problem with this is that it destroys dialogue. Persecutors don’t have legitimate complaints so you can’t really have productive discussions. But you can disagree with someone sharply on the basis of your religious beliefs without accusing them of persecution. When you say they’re persecuting you, you’re basically accusing them of acting with Satan. 

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