No Longer Much of a Theist
September 9, 2015
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
Point of Inquiry this week has Erik Loomis, discussing the consequences of corporate outsourcing and the invisible disasters that can occur as a result.
Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, visits Bangladesh, dings the government for its contradictory positions on secularism and Islam, and sites the recent murders of secular bloggers:
A number of official statements on the recent murders of online activists were ambiguous. While condemning the threats and acts of violence, Government representatives also admonished individuals expressing critical views on religion, asking them not to go ‘too far’ in their criticisms.
Ben Radford addresses a question from a reader about the whole 10-percent-of-our-brains myth.
Brian Pellot at RNS rounds up the "faith facts" about the latest Democratic challenger for the presidency, Lawrence Lessig. Lessig sure seems like an atheist to me, but apparently doesn't say so specifically, though he does say he is “no longer much of a theist.”
The Nashville mayor's race is getting increasingly ridiculous, as candidate Megan Barry, accused of (gasp!) atheism, is now accused of omitting "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bangladesh, where homosexual sex is illegal, gets a lesbian comic strip character. Syed Zain Al-Mahmood at WSJ reports:
Dhee is being published at a time when concern has risen about growing radicalization among fundamentalist Muslim groups in Bangladesh, highlighted by a series of recent fatal attacks on secularist and atheist bloggers in the country. ... Dhee is attracted to one of her female classmates, who rebuffs her, saying the attraction is “not natural.” In the end, she faces intense pressure to conform, and wonders aloud about whether she should consider suicide, marry a man to please her family or follow her heart.
The Satanists want a statue at the Arkansas Capitol. I feel like this story keeps happening. Maybe Satan is playing tricks on me.
I think I'm becoming a little more sympathetic to these Transhumanist folks, or at least their presidential candidate.
A burned-up looking thing with two stalks sticking out of it, found near the site of the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact, is OBVIOUSLY AN ALIEN CORPSE.
Time Warner Cable is setting up a Pope-visit channel. WHY?
Oh hey, more Henges.
Quote of the Day:
Lawrence Krauss has an excellent essay in The New Yorker responding to the Kim Davis fiasco, and it's so full of good pullquotes, I can't pick one. Okay, I will, but it's a long one:
The Kim Davis story raises a basic question: To what extent should we allow people to break the law if their religious views are in conflict with it? It’s possible to take that question to an extreme that even Senator [Rand] Paul might find absurd: imagine, for example, a jihadist whose interpretation of the Koran suggested that he should be allowed to behead infidels and apostates. Should he be allowed to break the law? Or—to consider a less extreme case—imagine an Islamic-fundamentalist county clerk who would not let unmarried men and women enter the courthouse together, or grant marriage licenses to unveiled women. For Rand Paul, what separates these cases from Kim Davis’s? The biggest difference, I suspect, is that Senator Paul agrees with Kim Davis’s religious views but disagrees with those of the hypothetical Islamic fundamentalist.
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