The Morning Heresy 4/18/12: Jumping About Like Mountain Goats
April 18, 2012
Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo
CFI's John Shook on the struggle with labels and "the whole belief thing" for atheists, humanists, etc., etc.
Relatedly, Leah Libresco explains her frustration with the humanist label
Author's note: Look, people, and yes guys, I'm talking to you specifically. This conference is not about "separating" women from men, it's about having the spine as a movement to say that women deal with prejudices and oppression that are unique to them, thanks to religion, and at the same time recognizing that our own community has a LOT of work to do in how we treat, acknowledge, and highlight our female half. It's not a conference exclusively FOR women, but yes, about them. Our boss Ron Lindsay says men absolutely should attend. PZ Myers says men should attend. And I'm telling you, too. If you think it's a problem to have a conference like this, I challenge you to buy a ticket, show your face, and talk about it like a grownup. No more nameless Internet thuggery.
Okay, back to the links.
Try to follow this logic: "Environmentalism" allegedly has some hallmarks of religion, and since we can't teach religious dogma instead of science in schools, why should we teach environmentalism? Yeah, I know.
The Advocate's video series looks at the history and misunderstanding of church-state separation
Kansas City Star's positive coverage of "Ask an Atheist/Ask a Christian" event
Though I am sickened to give any page views to the Daily Caller, I must: Illinois bishop says Obama on a "similar path" to that of Hitler and Stalin
Meanwhile, the Bishops take a pause on attacking Obama and go after the Ryan Budget for being too hard on the poor
Asian Human Rights Commission reports on:
". . . the arrest and trial of Alexander Aan, a 31-year-old civil servant in Padang, West Sumatra [Indonesia], who was arrested for posting a status on Facebook questioning the existence of god and administering a Facebook group called Ateis Minang (Minang Atheists). He is also being charged for uploading a note and comic depicting and insulting Prophet Muhammad. He has been indicted with three charges, including for disseminating religious hatred on the internet, which might lead to six-years imprisonment."
Amnesty International demands unconditional release of Indonesian Shiite man detained for blasphemy after anti-Shiite mob attacks his village
AI also fighting to keep Kuwaiti Twitter-blasphemer from receiving the death penalty
AP: Judge to decide on merits of NASA's firing of Intelligent Design-espousing employee
LiveScience: Stonehenge's younger sister?
Seattle reverend gets applause for refusing to back anti-gay referendum
BUT! New Tennessee bill (yes, Tennessee again) looks to ban any mention of homosexuality in schools
Neurologica: "Homeopaths (and CAM proponents in general) want to rely on weak evidence, because rigorous evidence does not support their fairy tales."
Smart Company advice column on outing oneself as an atheist to a wide-eyed employee
Another arrest sought in psychic bilking of poor old lady
Arkansas man offers his house in exchange for Bigfoot
Canadian fashions Bigfoot footwear
AP: AU asks Reno County, Kansas commission to stop with the prayers at meetings
Via Ed Brayton: the late Amy Winehouse "waving her magic wand" from Heaven as she talks to her family via psychic medium
Quote of the Day
Moscow State University paleontologist Valentina Nazarova, on the alleged discovery of eggs in Chechnya:
"Dinosaurs didn't lay eggs while jumping about like mountain goats."
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