Science, Reason, and Secular Bargains!!!

September 17, 2013

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

Let there be an expanding brane! Existence as we know it may be the result of a 4-dimensional black hole. Okay!

Why do people keep looking for Atlantis? Our own Joe Nickell lends a hand to Slate's Emily Tamkin to answer the question. 

Eugenie Scott once again graciously demeans herself by generously granting pathetic little me another pre-conference interview for the CFI Summit, and I once again manage not to swoon. In this one, Dr. Scott looks at the state of pro-science struggles, and differentiates between the skeptic and humanist movements. (Here's her interview from last year before CSICon 2)

CFI loves science, reason, secular values, and bargains! Come to the CFI Summit and you'll get 20% off registration for next year's Women in Secularism 3! 

The quotable pope says, "A Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian." I'm going to assume praying for a politician's demise doesn't count.

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier covers the European Skeptics Congress in Stockholm.

This Saturday is the Secular Parenting Forum from CFI-Long Island and the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. 

Christopher Round at PolicyMic on vouchers:

To teach intelligent design in schools is an insult to scientists everywhere. At no point did a velociraptor lay an egg that a bald eagle hatched out of.  

Try not to convulse as you read this proposed Senate resolution "designating the week of October 7 through October 13, 2013, as 'Naturopathic Medicine Week' to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care."   

Light the Night is getting in gear to kick leukemia and lymphoma's butts - look up your local CFI team here at Foundation Beyond Belief's page. 

Friend of the Heresy Jesse Galef of SSA gets to do another Reddit AMA, because he's young and hip and easy on the eyes. (How was that, Jesse?) 

The latest Free Inquiry has some great stuff on the rise of "godless congregations." 

Eddie Tabash continues his oratorical conquest of the Sunshine State, with a gig tonight in Clearwater, tomorrow in Daytona Beach, and Thursday in Tallahassee. 

Rob Boston on how one Hawaii legislator read the fine print and found -- oops! -- $1.5 million in state funds going to a Catholic school.

Wind turbines are driving this dude crazy

Britain is struggling with the question of whether full-face veils should be allowed in public

Brazos Valley Coalition of Reason puts up "Don't believe in God?" billboards, and the locals are agog. (The URL for this KEYE-TV piece calls the billboard "shocking." Low bar, eh?)

Gather 'round, children, and hear a history of the elven folk

Archbishop John Niendstedt of St. Paul, being totally reasonable:

Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth. 

Quote of the Day

Walter Bragman on why churches should be taxed:

The political climate today is a heated one, and churches are integrally linked to it, as many have political messages. This means that tax exemption is essentially the same as subsidizing those messages because what they don't pay is picked up by the American taxpayer.        

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