When You’ve Lost GoDaddy…

August 14, 2017

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

I don't think I could have predicted when I started The Morning Heresy that I'd start work on a Monday in order to provide a kind of This Week in Nazis. Yet here we are.

As you no doubt know, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, instigating violence with peaceful counter-protestors, and one even plowing his car through a crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. A helicopter crash also took the lives of two state troopers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates.

Trump somehow fails the simplest of presidential tests, unable or unwilling to name the white supremacists as the cause of the violence, making an absurd admonition to "both sides." 

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, gets the boot from domain registrar GoDaddy for violating its terms of service when the site used sexist and obscene language to demean and sully the memory of Heather Heyer. When you've lost GoDaddy...

And in a more satisfying move, Anonymous takes over The Daily Stormer website. 

On Friday, Richard Dawkins went on Real Time with Bill Maher, and I was delighted to hear them both discuss the TIES program and Secular Rescue.

Phil Zuckerman pens an op-ed for the LA Times on how very un-Christian the Christians running the government are:

The Trump administration’s Bible devotees are pushing an agenda that flies in the face of their own savior’s message. ...  While these men and women profess love for Jesus, they create suffering and misery in his name. 

NYT reports on the efforts of EPA chief Scott Pruitt to dismantle the agency from within, but at WaPo, ecological economist Robert B. Richardson says that the Trump attacks on science are meeting a lot of serious resistance.  

At The Chicago Tribune, we meet a young, gay violin student from Russia, Artem Kolesov, whose coming-out video has helped a lot of people. He relates his experience in Russia among a very religious family, saying, "I often heard that all gays should be destroyed, that they should be bombed and that if anyone in our family turns out to be gay, my family should kill them with their bare hands." Make sure you listen to him play, by the way.

Fast Company briefly profiles Egyptian artist Doaa el-Adl, whose cartoons, "critical depictions of political and social concerns," are considered "blasphemous." She says:

At the beginning of my career, I was not aware of what my role should be. But by the time I realized that, I knew I had to make a difference as a female cartoonist. That’s why the women’s causes depicted in my cartoons are an integral part of me, as I faced many of these situations myself. 

At Ars Technica, Beth Mole shows us how Goop's we-go-low response to critics has exposed exactly how they go about hawking snake oil...and so can you! 

The NHS ban on homeopathy meets a difficult stumbling block: Doctors who want to prescribe it anyway.

Ann Druyan goes on All Things Considered to talk about the Voyager missions, 40 years on.

New Zealand geneticist Neil Gemmell wants to look for DNA of Nessie in Loch Ness. Okay.

The owners of a big farm house and property in Tasmania are going to have their home auctioned off for failure to pay taxes on it. Why? They insist their land is actually owned by God.

Pope Fluffy disses astrology and fortune-tellers. Because people who believe in that stuff are WAY OFF-BASE. Now pardon me as I literally consume the body of a magical god-man who died and rose from the dead 2000 years ago.

Quote of the Day:

Just to show how upside-down the world is right now, the Quote of the Day is from...*gasp choke cough gurgle*...Ted Cruz:

The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.

The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate. Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.

These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this. Our Nation was built on fundamental truths, none more central than the proposition “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

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