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 

Ophelia Benson calls out an "anonymous bully" on the RDF boards dissing the Women in Secularism conference

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. 

And guess what? There are super-cheap student prices for registration, and if you want to help send more students, you can donate

Okay, back to the links. 

Via Hemant: Eastern Connecticut Atheist and Freethinker Fellowship offering science for Bibles!

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.

Stephanie Zvan praises CFI for our support of Unite Women (thank you, Stephanie!) 

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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