The Morning Heresy 10/3/12: Not Significant Enough to Mention
October 3, 2012
Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
CFI's Michael De Dora joins the panel on HuffPost Live to talk about the uproar over blasphemy.
CSM: Greek atheist arrested for blasphemy for his "Elder Pastitsios" Facebook page had his information provided to authorities by Facebook itself.
Ben Radford takes us on a stroll down memory lane for a look at history's religious hoaxes.
Sarah Posner: Watch out for the unholy combination of Citizens United and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would allow corporate "persons" to exercise "rights" regarding religious exemptions.
Forbes: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein opposes tax-subsidized housing for ministers.
Jason Torpy: Suicide prevention programs in the military leaning way too hard on chaplains, not accommodating nontheists.
Most Americans don't see Scientology as a religion.
Islamic center in Toledo is torched by arsonist.
US District judge unimpressed by atheist suits against the Pennsylvania legislature's "Year of the Bible" thing.
Austin Cline is unclear on where Barack Obama stands on the morality of atheists.
Kids whose parents opt them out of vaccinations will need a note from their doctor. Rob Schneider is not pleased.
Goodall hearts Bigfoot.
Kylie Sturgess posts video of local TV anchorwoman taking bullies to task.
UFOs turn out to be nighttime skydivers.
Rebecca Watson applies skepticism to a tale involving anti-Semitic harassment and the fact checking standards of The Guardian.
Quote of the Day
A pastor decries Pulpit Freedom Sunday (preachers challenge the IRS to take them to court for endorsing political candidates) as missing the point. (Although this quote comes from a totally religious perspective, I still liked it):
There are those who think candidates for political office are too important to ignore from the pulpit. I say they are not significant enough to mention.
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#1 Vlad Chituc (Guest) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 at 7:04am
Austin Cline’s objection makes no sense to me at all.
Obama’s quote is: “And by the way, we need Christians on Capitol Hill, Jews on Capitol Hill and Muslims on Capitol Hill talking about the estate tax.”
Austin is reading that as “we need Christians, Jews, and Muslims on Capitol Hill,” but the focus is on the “talking about the estate tax” part. Obama doesn’t want to inject the religious into the government to make it more moral; he’s asking for the religious people there to take up moral causes. Which seems entirely reasonable to me.