The Morning Heresy 8/3/12: Chick-fil-A Madness!

August 3, 2012

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

Today’s Morning Heretic is CFI intern, Tony Lakey. Paul is still out spending time with his family. He will return 8/13.

Jim Underdown, Executive Director of CFI-Los Angelesis featured in Surly Amy’s “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” series.

Eugenie Scott discusses the National Center for Science Education’s decision to cover climate change as well as evolution in public education:

The similarity we see between the pressures that teachers receive about teaching evolution and pressures that teachers feel about teaching climate change ultimately go back to the fact that people hold strong ideologies that influence their willingness to accept information.

In light of the recent Chick-fil-A craziness, Funny or Die has put together this hilarious, and somewhat creepy, video featuring John Goodman.

Recent Catholic convert, Leah Libresco invites you to participate in her online Sondheim symposium. The plan is to watch Company (available on Netflix) and then go to her website and use the comment section to “fight about what the purpose of marriage is.”   

More on the Chick-fil-A controversy: HuffPo reports on gay Chick-fil-A employees speaking out.

Catholic blogger, Scott P. Richert claims atheists lack reading comprehension and that the Aurora, CO shooter, James Holmes was possessed by the devil. I would say “You read that correctly,” but apparently I have no idea.

In the wake of Jonah Lehrer, science writer and author, being accused of unethical journalistic practices, Sam Harris has released both the full text and Kindle versions of Lying

David Niose from the American Humanists Association and author of Nonbeliever Nation did an AMA on reddit

Rainforests, Rainforests Everywhere

Evidence is getting stronger for the Higgs Boson particle. 

California State University Long Beach reaches out to homeless children with their Mobile Science Museum.

Missouri voters will be voting on a proposed “Right to Pray” amendment on August 7th. However, the legislation includes language much more troubling than the already afforded right to pray. 

Quote of the Day 

From The Daily Show, referencing the Chick-fil-A appreciation day:

“For people who are gay or support gay marriage, I get how seeing thousands of people come out to make this statement is incredibly diheartening. But take solace in this: Gay marriage is happening. Like many drive through window lanes, it ain’t going backwards. And your bonus is this: You get gay marriage…and all your political opponents are going to get is Type 2 Diabetes.” - Jon Stewart

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