Paul Fidalgo is Endorsed by Optimus Prime
May 15, 2013
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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:
- A brand new episode with environmental writer and fracking non-hater Michael Levi is up
- The POI blog looks at some highlights from the Jared Diamond video episode
- Indre and Chris will be podcasting in front of a live audience at the upcoming CFI Summit
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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#1 Dave Muscato (Guest) on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 8:47am
I’ve said this before but just want to say it again; I really appreciate the Morning Heresy and I read it every day
#2 Michael De Dora on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10:31am
For those who do not know of Optimus Prime:
“He is depicted as a brave, powerful, wise and compassionate leader who puts his talent to use improving the universe around him. Optimus is portrayed as having a strong sense of justice and righteousness and has dedicated himself to the protection of all life, particularly the inhabitants of Earth.”
This is a significant endorsement. Congrats, Paul.
#3 Paul Fidalgo on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 11:04am
#4 Paul Fidalgo on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 11:05am
EASTER EGG: The person behind the Optimus head is actually my mom, who actually fits that description very well.
#5 Ed Brayton (Guest) on Thursday May 16, 2013 at 3:48am
I’m with Dave. Love the Morning Heresy. And Paul just pretty much rocks all the way around.
#6 Paul Fidalgo on Thursday May 16, 2013 at 5:27am
Thanks, you guys.