Kuiper Belt Object of Our Affection

July 14, 2015

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

Hello, Pluto! NASA's New Horizon does its flyby of the coolest Kuiper Belt object, like, ever. 

Mark Oppenheimer profiles the doings of one of the most amusing and odd aspects of the religious freedom debates of recent years: Those wacky Satanists

The Economist reports on the really unpleasant alliance between Russia and Islamic states at the UN Human Rights Council as they team up to roll back social progress. 

Scott Walker is officially in the 2016 race, because he says "this is God's plan for me," because I guess he asked? 

God, on Twitter, responds:

In America anybody can grow up to believe I want them to be President. 

Mandisa Thomas of Black Nonbelievers is profiled by WABE, Atlanta's NPR. 

The Boy Scouts' executive committee votes in favor of allowing gay adults to serve in leadership roles

An employee at Ford posts a bigoted, anti-gay rant on the company's intranet, is fired, and is now suing for "religious discrimination." Ho boy.

10 women in Sudan are detained for the crime of wearing miniskirts and pants to church

In partnership with the University at Buffalo, CFI is once again offering a master's in education with a focus on science communication, all online.

Ben Radford at Discovery News looks at the (long) history of, and motivations behind, vaccine fear and denial

Ken Ham says "homosexual behavior" is responsible for things like the 9/11 attacks.   

Lee Speigel points out that, hey, Finding Bigfoot hasn't, um, found Bigfoot. One of the hunters says:

The idea of finding them -- what exactly do you mean by finding? I never wanted to use that word. I didn't like the whole title of the show because it implies that you find it like finding a penny on the sidewalk. That's not the way it is with these things.

Yeah. What exactly do we mean by finding? Let's ponder that while we beat this dead horse for a few more years.  

Joe Nickell blogs with some exasperation at the publication of another book on hauntings by Richard Southall, thin on data and heavy on anecdote:

In the 153 pages he devotes to retelling ghost tales, he repeatedly uses such non-attribution phrases as “it is believed that”—at least 111 times by my count! 

Mr. Wizard, the Science Guy, and Beakman: Ron Wolfe at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cites the latest Skeptical Inquirer as he looks at those who brought the "gosh-wow" of science to kids.

UFO sightings near CFI headquarters in Western New York. I knew they'd come for us. 

Analysts of North Korea say Kim Jong Un may be rolling back the deification of his father and grandfather. 

Little Adrian, hero to goats

Quote of the Day:

A member of Welsh's opposition party peppers the government with questions about UFOs, and the government responded in Klingon: 

jang vIDa je due luq. ach ghotvam'e' QI'yaH devolve qaS.

("The minister will reply in due course. However this is a non-devolved matter.") 

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