The Morning Heresy 8/28/12: Adam Curry Breaks My Heart

August 28, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. 

Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Atheism+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing. 

(Also, Atheism+ now has a website.) 

As I discovered much to my deep disappointment last night while watching This Week in Tech (TWiT), Adam Curry -- The Podfather, the former MTV veejay -- is a moon landing denier. I am sure Leo Laporte is regretting the timing of booking him on the show.  

Ron joined panel of nonbelievers with Chris Stedman, Cara Santa Maria, and Seah Blain for HuffPost Live's discussion of morality without God. 

Glenn Beck's The Blaze wonders aloud about the ethics (stop laughing) of Religion News Service accepting a grant from atheist leader Todd Stiefel to fund the employment of a reporter whose beat is the atheist movement. 

Ben Radford laments the continued use of "psychic" detectives despite their consistent failure to save people in need. 

CFI welcomed former Council chief David Koepsell as its newest instructor for the CFI Institute, joining education director John Shook. 

Sarah Posner advises Democrats not to get too close to the Nuns on the Bus. Reason #3: You're supposed to be the secular party. 

Talk Nerdy to Me tackles homeopathy

Kids take an ESP class and learn how to cheat. I don't see how these are in conflict. 

Poll: Americans hating Muslims a little less

On the flip side, however, investigation reveals that U.S. troops burned 500 copies of the Quran in Afghanistan in February, and yes they were even told it would be a bad idea. 

Even right-wing mullahs in Pakistan are not happy with the persecution of 11-year-old Rimsha Masih, arrested for allegedly defacing a Quran. AP reports she will be tried as a juvenile, highlights the danger of blasphemy laws in the country:

Once someone is labeled as a blasphemer, even if they are never convicted, they can face vigilante justice by outraged Pakistanis. In July, thousands of people dragged a Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Quran from a police station, beat him to death and set his body alight. The potential public backlash also means few people have spoken out to change or repeal the blasphemy laws. Last year two prominent politicians who criticized the blasphemy law were murdered, one by his own bodyguard who then attracted adoring mobs.

Obama and Romney to answer questions from 

Atheist "prayer" to open Tulsa City Council meeting. 

Looks like we heathens will have at least one ally at the storm-beleaguEred Republican National Convention: SCA's Edwina Rogers. 

Montana man dresses like Bigfoot, plays in traffic, and is killed after being struck by two vehicles. 

Undeterred by the failure to reach the 25k mark last time, it looks like someone else has begun a new White House petition for Alexander Aan. Just so we're clear, this petition was not launched by CFI, but we're happy to see it anyway.

Quote of the Day      

I like Aron Ra's thought experiment in the Surly Amy series on hate directed at women:

How should we react when a woman is threatened with violence? It drains exactly none of our resources to show a little solidarity on an issue this clear. You might say you’d rather focus on more important matters, but why is this not equal to everything else on your list? And for all the exact same reasons? If you saw it happen in person, with real people right in front of you, what would you do then? Think about that for a moment. Imagine it happening. Now seriously ponder your natural reaction to that for a moment longer. 

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