Books are Pointy

May 20, 2015

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

Big news in Oregon, as the state's House of Representatives easily passes a CFI-backed Secular Celebrant bill! In Ohio, meanwhile, while we still don't have a Secular Celebrant law passed, this can still happen

Articles from the new Free Inquiry issue on the population crisis are now posted and available for all to read. There's some sobering stuff there. 

Gallup reports that American support for same-sex marriage has reached 60%. This is one of those points where if Andrew Sullivan still blogged he'd end a post with "Know hope." 

Zack Kopplin rips into Bobby Jindal for his ambition-fueled push for creationism. But the most mind-blowing fact in the piece?

The Jindals still send my family a Christmas card every year.  

A bunch of churches in Fountain Hills, Arizona gang up on a progressive Christian church with a PR campaign.

Sylvia Fallon writes at Medium that Chipotle and others aren't wrong to ban GMOs: "Just because genetically modified crops have been deemed safe to ingest doesn’t make them safe to grow."

Rutgers posts video of a commencement address from some fellow named "William Sanford Nye." 

BOOKS ARE DANGEROUS! Not the ideas within them, but the objects themselves. On buses. In Canada:

An eight-year-old girl in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. was told she's no longer allowed to read books on the school bus because it poses a risk to the safety of other students. ... She says she was told reading posed a risk to other students on the bus. He suggested they might stand up to see what she was reading, or she might poke herself in the eye with the corners of the book.

You see?!?! They are POINTY! 

John M. Templeton Jr., of the infamous foundation, is dead at 75

Holy crap. A former congressional candidate in Tennessee, Roger Rankin Doggart, admits to plotting the massacre of local Muslims. Unreal. 

Apparently there was a thing where video games were being blamed for an increased risk of Alzheimer's

A historian says that a 400-year-old botany book has the only known contemporary likeness of William Shakespeare, but there is skepticism. 

Quote of the Day:

This is one of the things I really appreciate about CFI: Most of the time, our folks look for the common humanity with those we might disagree with. Excellent example, Jim Underdown reflects on his own presumptions about Scientologists after meeting Leah Remini, Tony Ortega, and Paulette Cooper:

To us skeptics, this evidence is all painfully obvious. Scientology is a crock, and is apparently engaged in activities most people would find abhorrent – especially for a “church.” So why should we look upon any scientologist with compassion? Most scientologists, I would argue, are trying to improve themselves, improve the world, or both. Joining that church to do so may not be a good way to achieve that, but certainly the sentiment is admirable.  

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Comments:

#1 Stacey C. on Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 12:40pm

UGH! That article by Sylvia Fallon is awful. Resistance to pesticides is a problem of lack of crop rotation and happens even with organic herbicides.  And pulling out the “glyphosate, has…been classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen” card just proves how ridiculously wrong she is. There is a huge difference between risk assessments and harm assessments. I could go on but it hardly seems worth it. The whole article is junk. Just UGH!

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