How bad could atheist grandma be?

June 19, 2013

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

Paul is on his way home from his "vacation" and will be back at the helm tomorrow. Today, we bring you one last Heresy from Guest Heretics Lauren Becker and Ed Beck. 

It's mid-week and the perfect time for some good news!

It's a start: Scores of Catholic colleges and universities now offer some sort of programming, counseling opportunities, or student groups geared specifically for LGBT students.

Paul Offit’s new book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is getting some great coverage. Gonna have to go buy this one.

Rumble down under: Atheists are ramping up their messages in Adelaide.

We're not interested in sitting around debating whether God exists or not... It's a dead argument anyway. Our aim is to take an active role in a vast range of social issues being dominated by the Christian lobby groups – issues like euthanasia, marriage equality and the teaching of evangelism in schools.

There's a great freethought convention happening in Oklahoma this weekend! I hope atheist and tornado survivor hero Rebecca Vitsmun and her family can make it!

Speaking of family, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is giving us all the opportunity to take the ultimate family reunion photo next month. Save the date for July 19 and get ready to wave at Saturn

Advice columnist for the Seattle Times is asked how bad it would be to exclude atheist grandma from a wedding and gives a wonderful, humanist response. Thank you, Carolyn Hax.

Speaking of good humanists, the British Humanist Association has been doing great things for a long time and they're continuing the good work by getting the word out about humanist funerals where participants celebrate the things people have done, rather than the things they're "going off to do." (video link)

So much for a balanced breakfast: Sexcereal, for your daily dose of pseudoscience + milk.

Because “the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st-century social media,” the Pope’s Twitter account – the version in Latin – has more than 100,000 followers.

In more serious news, “unprecedented freedom of expression” has led to a flood of blasphemy complaints (and convictions) since the 2011 revolution in Egypt.

Turkey is also struggling to reconcile secularism, Islam, and democracy. Here's why the west should care

The U.S. Immigration office is denying citizenship to a nonbeliever because her pacifism isn’t founded in religious belief.  Looking forward to seeing a few policies overturned because of this one.

This is going to hurt, but it's good for you so please do it anyway: In an interview with Thom Hartmann a couple days ago, Eric Hovind was kind enough to give us all a preview of the next round of double-speak, magic words, talking points to come out of the Creationism camp. Study this and prepare your responses accordingly. (video link)

Finally, Robby Bensinger might have found the answer to world peace. Thank you, Robby.


Quote of the Day 

"Where no man has gone before." Kevin Swanson at Generations Radio is trying to figure out why more Christians aren’t concerned about Captain Kirk sleeping with two females of the “wrong” species in the latest Star Trek movie. I'll just leave this here:

"...And how many Christians asked that question? I actually did a survey, I mean I went on to Google and kind of goggled, you know, Christian sites, I mean I try not to put the wrong kind of wording into the Google search, cause if you do that, you can be in a heap of trouble. So I did a little search, turns out there was a Catholic site, had a little forum discussion on the issue. And nobody brought up Leviticus 18 Dave, and of course the whole premise of this is that within an evolutionary construct there is no real problem with speciation and cross-species mating, there’s no problem with that at all, in fact that’s how you evolve, that’s how you get evolution, and so the end result of course is that evolution has no basic problem with bestiality or cross-species mating. Okay? Now some of you are saying that I can’t believe these guys are saying this on this radio program. I can’t believe I’m saying this either. They are going places where no man has gone before. Or should."   

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