Doctors, Attorneys, and Candlestick Makers

July 10, 2015

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

We've got our first closeup picture of Pluto and its partner-in-gravity Charon. Beautiful. 

Bonya Rafida Ahmed, who survived the attack by Islamists in Bangladesh that took her husband Avijit Roy, denies reports that she identified any suspects in the murder, and says none of the Bangladeshi authorities have contacted her at all since May. 

Here is the text of Bonya's address to the British Humanist Association from last week:

We must, right now, in this world on the brink of so many extraordinary outrages, reach out across international borders, extend our personal circles of care and empathy to include everyone—every human being—fully and confidently as a person of moral worth. This is the way we can celebrate Avijit’s life, Ananta’s life, and all those who have suffered or are at risk. 

She also has an unforgettably powerful essay in the latest Free Inquiry, which you must get your hands on and read. 

Sen. Patty Murray delivers an acclaimed argument against school vouchers on the Senate floor:

Vouchers only provide the illusion of choice to students from low-income backgrounds. And it is these low-income students who ultimately lose out when funds are siphoned away from the public schools they attend. 

Rep. Joe Pitts introduces a resolution to establish a "Prisoners of Conscience Day." Pitts is one of the two sponsors of the House resolution against blasphemy laws.

Sam Harris interviews Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps, for his podcast. 

A Catholic school near Philadelphia fires a teacher for marrying someone of the same sex. They have been married for eight years, so it's not like it's new.

Emily Willingham looks at why autism doctor Jeff Bradstreet's offices were raided, under suspicion of "frauds and swindles" and other violations, shortly after which Bradstreet committed suicide. 

Naturopath in Australia is arrested for pushing a liquid diet for baby, which almost starved. 

I am having a little trouble processing this Reuters piece about research into "real" self-described vampires. They're afraid of ridicule and being thought of as being mentally ill (um...), and the researcher says "they come from every walk of life and profession, including doctors, attorneys and candlestick makers" (no word on bakers, but butchers are a safe bet) and are mostly very ethical. Well.

The Borg did not come to El Paso

Quote of the Day:

The New York Times on public officials who want to be exempt from serving same-sex couples based on religious beliefs: NOPE:

These public employees seem to forget that taxpayers pay them to do their job. If doing that job violates his or her religious beliefs, the best solution is to find another job. 

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