The Case of the $500,000 Palm Reading

July 23, 2015

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

A glimmer of hope for moderate Islam is on a mountain in Pakistan: Tim Craig at WaPo profiles the success of Karimabad.

Tobin Grant looks at research that shows that religious equality is definitely not the norm around the world, as most of the population lives somewhere that gives at least preferential treatment to one religion, and a huge percentage lives where the state is overtly hostile to any at all. 

And here's an unexpected thing. In Nepal, their draft constitution has this potential anti-proselytizing provision:

No one shall behave, act, or undertake activities that breach public order or break public peace/peace in the community; and no one shall attempt to change or convert someone from one religion to another, or disturb/jeopardise the religion of others, and such acts/activities shall be punishable by law.

Emily Willingham at Forbes dismantles the ongoing wrongness machine that is Robert F. Kennedy on science.  

A health official in Calhoun County, Michigan is charged with embezzling over $500,000 for a palm reader's services. What?

10 U.S. mayors line up behind the pope on climate action and human trafficking. Bill de Blasio feels particularly fluffy for Francis

The Loch Ness Monster mystery is finally explained, and the answer is, of course, aliens

Hey Detroit, Satan is coming to town

A stupid-looking reality TV game show on VH1 (remember when VH1 was about adult-contemporary music videos?) hinges on the pseudoscience of psychic connections between twins. (Warning, this will auto-play a video.) 

Peter McGraith is skeptical of Robert Gates' plan to allow gay leaders to serve, but allow local Boy Scout units to claim more or less "religious exemptions." 

Folks who were duped into buying convict Kevin Trudeau's weight-loss book might finally get their money back

Rebecca Watson reports back from SkeptiCal for Skeptical Inquirer

Dude, are you high right now?

The Donald is unimpressed by me. 

Quote of the Day:

France taps Arnold Schwarzenegger to join other world leaders and luminaries for a "climate conscience" summit. Arnold says:

I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction, this is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now. ... I believe the science is in. The debate is over and the time for action is now. This is bigger than any movie, this is the challenge of our time. And it is our responsibility to leave this world a better place than we found it, but right now we are failing future generations. 

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Comments:

#1 Randy on Sunday August 02, 2015 at 4:10am

“No one shall ... jeopardise the religion of others”

Yeah, this sounds bad.  It basically rules out things like education and YouTube.

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