July 25, 2016
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
On Friday, the Center for Inquiry filed suit in Illinois to allow Secular Celebrants trained and certified by CFI to solemnize marriages. This is the same kind of case we won (big time) in Indiana in 2014, and Illinois is under same appeals court jurisdiction, so this is a super-strong case (and our legal chief Nick Little calls Illinois' law a "pointless snub of the secular community"). Our plaintiff in Illinois is CFI Secular Celebrant Galen Broaddus, who notes we tried a lot of other avenues to make this happen, to no avail.
The Wikileaks email hack reveals, among other things, that at least one guy in the DNC wanted to use Sanders' presumed atheism against him to win points with "Southern Baptist peeps." Oh, we will have something to say about that veeeerrry soon. (Sanders is not an atheist, by the way, and we've known that for some time.) Scott Pelley asked Clinton about this, and she said:
I am adamantly opposed to anyone bringing religion into our political process. I mean, the Constitution says no religious test, so that is just absolutely wrong and unacceptable.
Of course, Clinton also chose her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Kaine's a Catholic who is personally anti-abortion, but as Hemant points out, he has governed as a progressive without letting his religion dictate how he does his job.
CFI policy chief Michael De Dora was back in the Deseret News for the second day in a row, lending more insight into the debate over the Johnson Amendment (keeping churches and nonprofits from endorsing candidates), after Trump promised to quash the amendment in his convention speech.
China's President Xi visits a mosque and asks Muslims to "resolutely oppose illegal religious infiltration activities."
I had no idea there ever was such a thing, but apparently Germany is seeing a revival of what was once a tradition: secular confirmations.
Hooray for the Southeast Texas Atheists Helping the Homeless.
Australia's Courier-Mail has this lede:
A Brisbane woman selling homeopathic vaccinations or boosters for diseases including whooping cough, polio, meningococcal and malaria has been found to be selling nothing but refined sugar.
And I'm all, well, that sounds homeopathic to me. But anyway, it's pretty awful:
This week, a post on the Facebook page claimed to have sold “homeopathic prophylaxis medicines” for Zika virus to a man in Melbourne who was to travel through South-East Asia. There is no reputable treatment for Zika on the market. The business has advertised on Facebook treatments for herpes and preventative medications for whooping cough in pregnant women and whooping cough and rotavirus for babies.
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