Go Home, “First Things.” You’re Drunk.

July 10, 2013

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

The CFI Office of Public Policy brought the Hammer of Reason™ down on Google for sponsoring events for climate change deniers like Sen. James Inhofe:

Whatever other interests Google is pursuing in funding these groups and individuals, it is engaging in a malevolent act by aiding those who are dedicated to misleading the public regarding matters of scientific consensus.

James Temple at the San Francisco Chronicle picks up the story (gets a little quote from me) and comes down just as hard:

[Inhofe and climate deniers are] not engaged in fair-minded and factual conversations on these critical topics. They're conducting deliberate and cynical misinformation campaigns, crusades designed to discredit if not destroy the careers of hardworking scientists and pollute public opinion. The term "greatest hoax" pulls up more than 8 million results on Google - infecting the credibility of the company's own product. 

The Christian Post reports on a coalition of religious groups who are under the impression that Christianity is being persecuted in the military. CFI's position paper by James Parco on military religiosity is cited. 

Two new videos have been posted from Women in Secularism 2: Panel discussions on women leaving religion and faith-based pseudoscience.

Christian outlet First Things jumps the reactionary shark, complaining that the The Smurfs 2 looks to offer "a healthy dose of atheistic existentialism" because Papa Smurf says, "It doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters is who you choose to be." Go home, First Things, you're drunk. 

Oregon man convicted of evading over $7 million in taxes did it because of his "blood covenant" with God. 

Satanists debate abortion. Yep. 

Sam Adams beer omits "by their creator" from the Declaration of Independence in an ad, and everyone goes bonkers. Sam Adams says they are adhering to the "Beer Institute's" guidelines. I say I could use a Summer Ale. 

A new study of World War II vets looks at how their combat experience lessened, increased, or shaped their religious outlooks. 

1997 law in Indiana is unearthed that criminalizes clergy who perform same-sex weddings. As Josh Rosenau said on Twitter, "Take that, religious freedom." 

Short video of what some Missourian college students believe happens after death. "Hopefully I can come back as a squirrel," says one fellow. 

I've never heard of the band Skillet (#getoffmylawn), but apparently they are one of the most popular groups today, and they're "unabashedly Christian." Great.

Joe Nickell examines the myth behind a firefighter's "miracle recovery," and finds science was really at the heart of it, if you can believe it. 

Teens in Australia go nutty for a faith-healer, who attracts a crowd of over 1700. 

Ball State University hires Guillermo Gonzalez to teach science, a "high-profile supporter of intelligent design." 

Runner-up Quote of the Day: Benedict Rogers at HuffPo:

As a Christian, there is one thing I dislike even more than blasphemy, and that is legislation that prohibits it. . . . the key point is, if your God needs man-made laws to protect him from insult, he must be a pretty small and weak deity. 

Quote of the Day 

Dr. Ahmad Farouk Musa of Malaysia, founder of the Islamic Renaissance Front:

Faith is of the same fabric as love. As long as you can’t enforce love, you can’t enforce faith. If you prevent someone for leaving a religion… means you are trying to create a community of hypocrites. It defeats the purpose, what is the point of it? . . . For Muslims to be true Muslims, they must live in a secular, a state that does not enforce how Islam is being practiced on its citizens.

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