The Morning Heresy 5/17/12: Un-liked
May 17, 2012
Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo
First things first. As our Facebook followers know, we uploaded a bunch of photos yesterday from the Castles along the Rhine cruise ("It went well, thanks," reported our boss), and while this usually is a non-event where all the images happily snuggle together in one fell swoop in a photo album, something went terribly pear-shaped with our program, and every single photo went into folks' news feeds individually, littering people's Facebook homepages with pleasant-yet-relentless images of happy secularists and scenic European vistas.
Naturally, this cheesed a lot of folks off, and I don't blame them. I posted a bevy of apologies for the mistake, and they are sincere. Again: sorry about that.
But it also looks like as a knee-jerk response to the perceived spamming, we lost a lot of "likes" on our Facebook page. I'm here to say, folks, come back. It was an unintentional screwup with a piece of software, not an example of our heartlessness or ineptitude, and we'll find another way to put up photo albums in the future. We care a lot about our Facebook presence, it's the center of so much activity for CFI, and we'd hate to think that one mistake was enough for folks to turn their noses up at us from here on out.
That is all. On to the news.
Despite our efforts and those of others, the House GOP succeeded in passing its watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, one which removes protections for all manner of victims based on their nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. I find it mind-boggling even for this crop of conservative zealots, and then Right Wing Watch informs us that opposition to the real version of the bill was pushed by a guy who is himself a convicted domestic abuser. There really is no reasoning with these people.
Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review sees a double standard in Obama's use of religious justifications for his policies.
Coincidentally, this is exactly what I cover in my latest Friendly Atheist piece on whether Obama's same-sex mariage position is an "imposition" of his religion
Point of Inquiry's Chris Mooney checks the fact-checkers in The Nation
Yes, you should do what Santorum did. Because it worked so well for him. In related news, the New England Patriots say the New York Giants would be better off playing like they did in the Super Bowl that they lost.
Also from Brayton: Obama just can't win - now he's pissed off his fellow Evil Kenyan Muslims
Glenn Beck's The Blaze seems to think it's important that its readers know that Jessica "Evil Little Thing" Ahlquist supports removing the Woonsocket cross. It also reminds its readers, unrelatedly, that she's received threats in the past. I'm sure they have nothing but good intentions.
Christian Post notices that the Secular Coalition for America's presidential candidate scorecard gives Romney a better grade than Obama in one area: Whether a candidate thinks God is speaking to him
Conservative outlet CNSNews: Interior Department opposes adding FDR prayer to WWII memorial
Zuhdi Jasser and Lantos Swett serve of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom write that the spike in anti-blasphemy activity threatens the Arab Spring
Sussex County Council in Delaware ordered by a judge to suspend opening meetings with prayers
Traditional marriage = 700 wives.
SecDef Panetta is being lobbied to grant amnesty to servicemembers who report UFO sightings
So what are you doing in August? That's right, you're going to Eugene, Oregon to fill your Skeptic's Toolbox
Pakistani president Zardari: We won't misuse the blasphemy law. Well, that's a relief.
Pliosaurs may have suffered from arthritis in their jaws (I bet they also ground their teeth in their sleep like I do)
Daily Mail: UK MPs uniting to stop legislation that would ban insults
CSI's Joe Nickell reviews Cusack's Poe, finds the production wanting
Nigerian "natural health expert" touts his "herbal vaccine" against malaria
Don Swaim looks at the impact of Ingersoll on Ambrose Bierce
A 23 year-old female cancer patient died in Yemen after checking into an alternative health clinic run by a prominent cleric and wanted terrorist.
Quote of the Day
Op-ed by high school science teacher A.J. Fields in the Charleston Gazette:
Scientific theories are not "just theories." They are the end product of years of research, experimentation, hard work and much debate. Literally thousands of scientists working around the world agree that the world is getting warmer and humans are the cause. This idea does not become controversial because some commentator on Fox News or some conservative think tank disagrees. That is not a debate among equals. If 10 doctors tell you that you have cancer and need chemotherapy, but the guy at the health food store tells you to take vitamins instead, what would you do?
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#1 Michael De Dora on Thursday May 17, 2012 at 10:05am
FYI, here is the letter sent yesterday by the Center for Inquiry and dozens of other organizations to House lawmakers opposing language in the House version of the VAWA reauthorization that would allow religious discrimination in hiring:
#2 Randy on Thursday May 17, 2012 at 7:53pm
Yet another reason I try to never use Facebook. I’ve got it down to about once per month now. Soon, I’ll be able to ditch it forever.