Schiaparelli Was Right

September 29, 2015

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

Liquid water on Mars. Liquid water on Mars, y'all.

Tomorrow is International Blasphemy Rights Day, and Muhammad Syed of Ex-Muslims of North-America will speak at CFI HQ in Amherst.

Robert P. George is the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and he's also someone who really hates Bill Nye and abortion rights

Hey is it okay if I mention my podcast Thinkery? Of course it is. Last week we had skeptical podcasting pioneer Swoopy as a guest, and this week we have tech journalist and Internet troubadour Andy Ihnatko! 

Maryam Namazie is dis-disinvited from speaking at Warwick University. 

Christian "youth culture" mag Relevant rounds up the dopest televangelist outfits, and my favorite is The Red Velvet Cake. 

Ronald H. Pine and Eliécer E. Gutiérrez in Skeptical Inquirer pick apart the problems with the Bryan Sykes Bigfoot-Yeti-DNA hubbub.

Ben Radford explores a troubling case in New Jersey of alleged sexual assault of a man with cerebral palsy, and the claims of consent through "facilitated communication." 

Ben joins a panel of skeptics including Susan Gerbic for a discussion about popular mis- and disinformation at Hopes & Fears

At Wright State University, a campus preacher tears up a Quran, is attacked by a student, and as Hemant puts it, "The only people who came off looking good here were the cops." Oof.  

The BBC special on the Bangladeshi bloggers is now on YouTube for folks outside the UK to see. And here's video of Raheel Raza, representing CFI at the UN Human Rights Council, talking about the Bangladesh situation.

BBC also has a report by Samira Ahmed on the struggles of ex-Muslims in the UK

"Learning is our final freedom," says CFI's David Koepsell, reflecting on a couple decades as an educator

Check your skeptic cred with this pseudoscience quiz at How Stuff Works. (I got one wrong, about tornadoes.)

Forgive me, Lord, for I have accidentally catered a gay wedding with my pizza

The police chief of Childress, TX responds to FFRF's request they remove the "In God We Trust" motto on police cars by telling them to "go fly a kite." Well, that sounds like fun and all, but doesn't really address the issue.

Looks like atheist YouTuber Jaclyn Glenn has some explaining to do, preferably in her own words.

Quote of the Day:

Tim Wu, on Twitter:

Schiaparelli was right -- they found canals on Mars.    

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