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August 7, 2015

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

The Heresy is very late today because we've been scrambling over the news of the fourth murder of a secularist blogger in Bangladesh, Niloy Neel. Our statement is here. And our patience has run out.

ESPN profiles, in a rather bewildered tone, the newly-avowed atheist NFL player Arian Foster. You'd think he came out as a different species or something.

Bob, a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard, gets an official Coast Guard colander for his head at his retirement party, as Bob is an avowed Pastafarian. Wait, is that a church-state violation?

One more "avow": Avowed atheist minister in a Toronto Protestant congregation, one Rev. Gretta Vosper, is fired for, well, being an atheist minister. 

So there was that debate last night, which I very much enjoyed as I always do, and you just had to love the last question about whether God talks to the candidates (with a little dash of "the veterans" at the end for the perfect cocktail). 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine granted $300,000 to a religious athletic group, and the ACLU is calling him on it. 

ISIS abducts about 230 people from Christian families

CFI Balles Prize winner for 2014, Joe Schwarcz, says Health Canada needs to make rules about homeopathy that apply to kids apply to everyone

Emily Willingham digs into some anti-vax conspiracy mongering being cited in the U.S. House. 

Ben Radford looks at the alleged "witchcraft" killings in Florida, and finds little to do with occult

Sarah Posner interviews Julie Ingersoll (relation??) about her new book on Christian Reconstructionists' influence over the political right. 

Quote of the Day:

Daniela Hernandez on Huckabee's newfound love of science from last night's debate:

We have a DNA schedule, people! What is that, you ask? Is it a new world changing startup promising to disrupt genetics? Is it an ‘on-demand’ service, like an Uber for genes? Nope!

It’s what Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is touting as irrefutable scientific proof that life begins at conception. I have a PhD in neuroscience and have never heard the term ‘DNA schedule’ before. This appears to be a concept that Huckabee — who has a degree in religion — has invented.

On his website, Huckabee says: “Life begins at conception. This isn’t just a Biblical view — it’s affirmed by modern science and every unique human DNA schedule, which is present at conception.”

[ ... ] What??!? I gasped and my face scrunched up when that garbage came tumbling out of Huckabee’s mouth. 

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