The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness

September 4, 2012

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

The "Reverend" Sun Myung Moon is "dead." (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness

Atheism+ has prompted the question from Peter McGrath in The Guardian: "Is American atheism heading for a schism?"

Hemant, reacting:

I honestly don’t understand how people can get so worked up over this stuff. If you think people arguing in favor of feminism is some huge problem, consider yourself lucky for having so few worries in your life. 

Ron Brownstein in National Journal does an exhaustive look at the American electorate, as read through exit polls (every politics nerd needs to read it), and notes that in 2008 seculars made up 12 percent of voters.

It's now looking like Rimsha Masih was framed by a Muslim cleric. 

Naturopathy adds another to its death toll

The American Scholar looks at the virtue of "industriousness" as the new dogma

Charlotte atheist groups to protest the Democratic Convention.

AP talks to Idaho State University professor Jeff Meldrum who conducts "legitimate research" (that's a direct quote, not an ironic one) on Bigfoot. 

Brian Cottle in The Coloradoan debunks some familiar atheist stereotypes and myths. 

Dear Mormons: You can have COKE

Maryland paper covers the efforts of the Frederick Secular Humanists. 

Jeffrey Weiss: GOP alienates the Nones. 

Times of India: "India's registered homeopathic practitioners have more than doubled in two decades."  

Stephanie Zvan defends Freethought Blogs from criticism in Chris Stedman's recent (and excellent) post on Islamophobia. 

I just checked, and CenterforInquiry.net gets high trustworthiness marks from "Web of Trust." 

Greta's got an AlterNet listicle on atheists who aren't senior-citizen caucasian males. 

R. Albert Mohler Jr. calls the Clergy Project "pathetic." 

I don't understand how this could be, but Joe Nickell is on Twitter. I think I need some evidence to back this up. 

Quote of the Day      

Speaking of schisms! With a hat tip to Alan Jacobs, here's Emo Philips' "best God joke ever":

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over. 

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