He Currently Follows Only Himself

December 7, 2012

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

The LDS church decides to sort-of embrace LGBT folks, conceding that, while sinful to act upon, homosexuality is not a choice. 

CFI's Michael De Dora is a guest on Jamila Bey's radio program discussing the new laws surrounding "gay conversion therapy." 

Michael also touts a meeting that took place in October, the first time secular groups got a private meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Oh yeah, we were there. 

Susan Jacoby gives longform props to Robert Ingersoll in a really great piece for American Scholar

Christian Post covers CFI-Indiana's lawsuit over solemnizing marriages

Religion Dispatches on the Pope's foray into Twitter: "He currently follows only himself." 

Joe Nickell lauds a new biography of one of his heroes, "illusionist and prestidigitator" Milbourne Christopher. 

NYT has a creepy story about murder and sexual assault around the cult of IHOP, and I'm not talking about breakfast. 

Episcopalians let a Muslim group use their church for a convention, which of course means they support terrorism. Oy. 

Rep. Howard Berman denounces an Egyptian draft constitution for limiting "religious freedom" to those who profess one of the three Abrahamic religions. 

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: It's worse than we thought.

In the wake of Blake Page's resignation in protest from West Point, a GOP strategist calls West Point "a religious institute." 

I love this. Our CFI Libraries Twitter account unearthed this gem: 1892's Old Testament Stories Comically Illustrated.  

By the way, you absolutely must follow the CFI Libraries Twitter account. Lots of cool, funny stuff. 

Chris Stedman brings his faitheist self to CFI's headquarters in Amherst, NY on December 14. 

Some Jews are just so over Hanukkah

Examiner piece ostensibly about UFOs entitled "Witness says object emitted 'loud roaring sound' over 40 minutes" actually describes me trying to get my 3-year-old son to eat his dinner.

Dave Silverman tells us about the real Bill O'Reilly:

They bring me on because they think they’ll get more ratings if they bring me on. [O'Reilly] wants good television, he wants good fire, he wants that battle. He wants to show his teeth and bring out his claws, and he wants somebody that will fight back. . . . O’Reilly seems to be a cordial guy who is doing his job, which is to portray this horrible character on television.

Married to the Sea and the evil vaccine. (h/t PZ)

OMG someone stole the Baby Jesus! Now who will die for our sins???

Quote of the Day

David Niose warns the Congressional Prayer Caucus to watch where they tread:

. . . membership in the CPC is an expression of hostility to secular constituents. Given that seculars are a growing and increasingly visible demographic, legislators should think twice before joining a caucus that is committed to marginalizing these constituents.

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