Like the Reds Do

May 29, 2015

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

CFI will be holding Capitol Hill briefings on International Religious Freedom in June, along with allies in the movement, and you can urge your senators and representatives to attend.  

Bikers. Guns. Drawing Muhammad. Outside a mosque. In Arizona. I'm going to stay home, thanks. 

Meanwhile, the Metro Authority in DC is avoiding decisions about whether to run images of Muhammad from Pamela Geller's group by instituting a blanket ban on all issue-oriented advertising. Wow. The main public transit system in Washington, DC will have no political issue ads. I don't even know.

Openly Secular gets a friendly video endorsement from a non-secular: Danny Akin, President of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It's quite nice!

David Hoelscher at Counterpunch has a piece arguing that humanism as a movement has ignored social and economic justice. It's reeeeeally long. 

The Secular Coalition and its former executive director come to legal blows, and American Atheists reshuffles staff to emphasize political action. 

Kimberly Winston at RNS explores whether there is an "atheist vote" to be mustered in 2016.

Hey look at this! A news story that actually says what a UFO people saw actually is: lenticular clouds!  

Moscow looks to be getting an 82-foot-tall statue of St. Vladimir, which is apparently a "step toward restoring historical memory."  

A couple folks at Hofstra asked me to let you know about this survey they're doing on the economic views of seculars, so feel free.

A fake-psychic swindles a man out of $700,000 by promising to keep evil spirits away from his friends and family, after his girlfriend dies. 

New Zealand's Advertising Standards Authority upholds a complaint against a homeopathy group, ruling that the group's ads "were misleading, unduly glamorised benefits of homeopathy and exploited the superstitious."

A manager at Philadelphia Veterans Affairs is busted for making employees go to a party with psychic readings at $30 a pop.

Look out! The Christian rap group We Are Watchmen is endorsing Ted Cruz in song, which is totally necessary as "Secular Humanism usurps Christianity as the official religion of the United States." Habba-wha?  They sing, "Collectivism, everyone’s a victim like the reds do/And for our next president, we’re all in for Ted Cruz." You're tapping your toe already, right?

Quote of the Day:

North Carolina's Republican governor Pat McCrory, vetoing a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages:

I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2. 

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