You Smell Papal

September 19, 2013

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

CFI's UN representatives raise the alarm on the human rights crisis of servile marriage. Said CFI's Dr. Elizabeth O'Casey to the UN Human Rights Council:

Culture and religion . . . must never legitimise anachronistic practices that violate the core principles of equality, autonomy and dignity upon which human rights are based. 

Carrie Poppy gets very drunk, and ingests a hangover remedy called "Blowfish," all for science.

Clerics in Pakistan recommend amending the country's harsh blasphemy laws to prevent their abuse. Their solution? The death penalty for false blasphemy accusations. Um, guys? 

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier is the guest on the Rationally Speaking podcast

Max Nielson and Alishba Zarmeen make a case for supporting CFI On Campus. Says Alishba:

CFI is an important organization and my favorite one in the movement. I would be struggling hard without the support that I have found at CFI.

Amira Osman Hamed of Sudan refuses to wear a hijab, and for this offense will be flogged if convicted. Maryan Namazie posts a petition for her.

Katherine Burgess reports on the Freethought Equality Fund, a new PAC by the American Humanist Association. 

19-year-old Sara Elizabeth Sheppard of Texas records her teacher dissing atheism at her class, leading to an investigation, and she wins a scholarship from FFRF for her essay on the event. 

Sure Pope Francis seems cuddly, but how does he smell? Makers of a new pope-themed cologne guess "subtle and dignified and relatively simple." Mmmmm.

Ganesh: He's still the elephant in the room in India. Get it?? 

Scientists find multiple genomes within individuals, unveiling "a new continent" of discoveries to be made. For example:

Women can also gain genomes from their children. After a baby is born, it may leave some fetal cells behind in its mother’s body, where they can travel to different organs and be absorbed into those tissues. “It’s pretty likely that any woman who has been pregnant is a chimera,” Dr. [Linda] Randolph said. 

Reps from the Secular Student Alliance get invited to a campus interfaith meeting with the Department of Education. 

Folks come out of the woodwork to make their cases for science at a Board of Education hearing on Texas's school textbooks.

Google forms a new company aimed at extending human lifespans, presumably so they can continue to show you ads well into your 200s. 

Clown panic! It's a thing

Quote of the Day

Carrie Poppy's partner-in-science Ross Blocher, trying the allegedly awesome hangover remedy:

Really, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. Look how CLEAR my vomit is! I’m so sorry.       

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