The Morning Heresy 8/9/12: But my science textbook told me dragons were real!

August 9, 2012

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

Today’s morning heretic is CFI intern Stef McGraw. Paul is away until August 13th. In the meantime, he’s busy tweeting cute things his kids are saying and doing.

With the new Louisiana school voucher program that will use government money to put students in largely Christian private schools, don’t be surprised if they graduate believing that slave masters were nice guys and that dragons were real. I wish I were kidding.

The good news is that we have some allies. The Interfaith Alliance spoke out against Gov. Jindal’s program, with organization president and Baptist minister C. Welton Gaddy remarkably saying the following:

“Let me be clear: I am not appalled that a Christian school is teaching its students that God created the Earth ... Children in my church learn that every Sunday,” Gaddy said. “I am appalled that these schools are teaching theology as science, and they’re doing so with government money, my tax dollars.”

I don’t think I can beat the headline: “Curiosity Rover Takes A Really Adorable Picture Of Itself.” D’awww.

The New York Times reports that after its controversial attempt to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will see both its CEO and president resigning from their positions. Still not buying (in both senses of the word) items that “raise awareness” for breast cancer, though.

Surly Amy’s series “Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women” has two more installments, with the Dublin based writer and Atheist Ireland chair Michael Nugent as well as the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s own Dan Barker.

Good news: President Obama came out against the Boy Scouts’ ban on gays in the organization.

Apparently Ireland is one of the countries leading the way in leaving religion. If only American Catholics would catch on to the whole “maybe the church is corrupt and backwards” thing.

Ophelia Benson writes how Saudi Arabia doesn’t even remotely recognize its two women Olympic athletes, despite it being the country’s first time with female participants. (Speaking of the Olympics, maybe I don’t watch enough sports otherwise, but sheesh, there’s more thanking of God by Americans than the Country Music Awards).

Eugenie Scott discusses on Minnesota Public Radio how, much like evolution, teachers often face barriers in the teaching of climate change in schools.

Quote of the Day   

“I am incapable of and uninterested in judging your motivations for such a destruction of education in our state. But, you are capable of changing your mind and helping the situation rather than hurting it. Governor Jindal, please, for the sake of all that is good about education, religious freedom, and our state, put an end to the school vouchers program in Louisiana.”

— Interfaith Alliance president and Baptist Minister C. Welton Gaddy

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