The Wise Old Goat in a Flock of Sheep

May 21, 2013

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

Obviously, most Americans' hearts and minds are concentrated on the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. We'll have a formal statement soon, and in the mean time please consider donating to help those affected.

Wowie-wow-wow-WOW. The already-loathsome Daily Caller outdoes itself by harassing and insulting one of our own. Read about the saga of SCA's Lauren Anderson Youngblood and the "Dick pic" email from Christopher Bedford. You rock on, Lauren. <communications directors' secret high-five-handshake>

Ryan Koronowski dismantles the gee-that's-really-wrong WaPo op-ed on climate change by House science chair Lamar Smith.  

Maggie Koerth-Baker at NYT looks at why the otherwise-sane buy into insane conspiracy theories:

"If you know the truth and others don’t, that’s one way you can reassert feelings of having agency," [University of Westminster's Viren] Swami says. It can be comforting to do your own research even if that research is flawed. It feels good to be the wise old goat in a flock of sheep. 

GOP Lieutenant Governor candidate in Virginia calls the Democratic Party the "coalition of the godless." If only!i

National Geographic lists six woman scientists who have been dissed by history or their profession, with their crucial contributions largely ignored.

A new group of priests and nuns known as Catholic Whistleblowers forms to shine a light on the crisis of sexual abuse within the Church. 

Presbyterian Church of Scotland's general assembly votes to allow gay ministers.

Yes, they're giving acupuncture to turtles

Pope Francis calls for less worry over theology, and more concern for the poor

Saudi newspaper that slobbers praise on King Abdullah is accused of blasphemy for overdoing it

David Cameron faces revolt from fellow Tories over gay marriage

The Catholic World Magazine reports that "evolutionists" like PZ Myers and Jerry Coyne are up in arms over Ball State University's teaching of intelligent design. 

I'm embarrassed to see that there is a "Paranormal Corner" section in a South Jersey paper, and this edition clears up the difference between "intelligent" and "residual" hauntings.  

Ooh-ee-ooh-ah-ah, here's $210,000 to make her love me. 

Forum 18 updates on the status of religious dissidents in Kazakhstan, including two jailed Christians and an atheist kept in a psychiatric facility. 

I'm kind of like this: The agnostic pessimist, by Toothpaste for Dinner

Bob Blaskiewicz is the guest on Strange Frequencies Radio, talkin' Burzynski and conspiracies.

Quote of the Day 

The U.S. State Department releases its 2012 International Religious Freedom Report, and Secretary John Kerry has this to say about the "troubling trend . . . of laws governing blasphemy and apostasy": 

These laws are frequently used to repress dissent, to harass political opponents, and to settle personal vendettas. Laws such as these violate fundamental freedoms of expression and religion, and we believe they ought to be repealed. And because we defend others’ rights of expression, we are also ensuring that we can express our own views and practice our own faith without fearing for our own safety or our own lives. That is why, as I travel the world, I do press leaders to do more to safeguard freedom of belief and to promote religious tolerance. And that is why I urge all countries, especially those identified in this report, to take action now to safeguard this fundamental freedom.

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Comments:

#1 A Hermit on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 12:00pm

This bit from the article about the Daily Caller had a familiar ring to it…

When Executive Director, Edwina Rogers contacted The Daily Caller’s Editor in Chief, Tucker Carlson, to discuss religiously-based media bias at the Daily Caller, Carlson supported Bedford’s actions and statements saying, “That’s not ‘hate.’ It’s disagreement. I’m confused by what strikes me as your disproportionate outrage.”

Now where have I heard that kind of thing before…?

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