Usually a Parasite

July 8, 2015

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

We got our win on vaccines in California, but a bill for end-of-life options has stalled in the State Assembly over fears of "suicide tourism" (what?!?!?) and, of course, religious pressure.

CFI, along with other organizations of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, write to Congress urging passage of the House resolution calling for the repeal of blasphemy laws worldwide. 

The tip of America's spear won't recognize Thor's hammer: Sgt. Jeremiah McIntyre is not getting official recognition of his Norse religion. 

The University of Toronto says its nixing its alt-med course that taught anti-vax nonsense. 

Israel's religious services minister (ugh I'm so glad we don't have that cabinet position) says Reform Jews aren't really Jews

Kylie Sturgess goes to the health-and-wellness tome of fake cancer sufferer Belle Gibson, The Whole Pantry, and damns it thus: "I honestly don’t think this is much of a cookbook." She interviews oncologist Dr. Ranjana Srivastava on the whole shebang.

Ned Borninski at the Course of Reason blog praises Thomas Jefferson as a foundational figure in humanism. 

Atheists in Florida file suit over what they say is a discriminatory policy over opening prayers and invocations at Brevard County public meetings. 

This month, Greta Christina is donating 10% of the proceeds from her latest book to help get students to CFI's Leadership Conference. Cool! 

Zoltan Istvan (Transhumanist presidential candidate and whatnot) says marriage will be pointless when we live for 1000 years

Interesting tweet from Tim Wu yesterday:

One reason I think organized religion has declined in the West is that it simply lost the competition for human attention 

This fellow opining at the Saudi Gazette knows how to write an opening sentence that grabs one's attention.

An Arab atheist is usually a parasite — someone who claims to be knowledgeable but is not and will probably eventually commit suicide.

Wow! I mean, wow! Maybe that means Arab atheists will all go to California.

Americans United launches a "Protect Thy Neighbor" campaign, aimed at keeping religion from being imposed on folks under the guise of "religious freedom." 

Carbon Dating brings us "Placebrew," the homeopathic beer

This blob is obviously an alien spaceship. 

Quote of the Day:

guided mediation by Jason Headley to get you through your goddamned day:

Let the horse shit of the external world fade from your awareness.
 
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