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September 19, 2017

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

Check out this fascinating presentation on the Gnostic gospels, given by the wicked-smart Cynthia Grzywinski, who also happens to be my mom. (And introduced with a poem read by my college acting professor, the wicked-awesome Pam Hendrick.)

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Fareed Zakaria, correctly, that we are more or less screwed when it comes to climate change, saying, "The day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. Nothing." 

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Great Benefits Upon Future Inhabitants

September 18, 2017

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

Kimberly Winston, reporting on an Annenberg study, writes an excellent and accurate lede for some ugly news. Emphasis mine:

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans incorrectly believe that Muslim citizens don’t have the same First Amendment rights as other American citizens. Also incorrectly, 1 in 7 believe that atheists aren’t protected by those rights. 

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Fangs and No Face

September 15, 2017

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

Happy Friday: Cassini is dead, and so too may we all be relatively soon. According to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, there is a 5 percent chance of catastrophic climate change within the next 30 years, and a somewhat smaller chance that it will wipe out most of humanity. Did I already say "happy Friday?" 

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We Are All Saturnians

September 14, 2017

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

Okay, look. We at CFI always counsel skepticism when there are claims about monsters creeping about under water or in the sewers. But in London, there just might be something to it. Beware the "fatberg":

Crews in London are waging a “three-week sewer war” against an enormous “fatberg” ...

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Ceiling Cat and Ted Cruz

September 13, 2017

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

Both houses of Congress unanimously approve a resolution condemning white nationalists (which must have been awkward for any white nationalists currently in Congress) and honoring Heather Heyer. The resolution awaits a signature from President Trump, whom the bill urges to speak clearly against hate groups and racism.

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Man is Stupid

September 12, 2017

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

So that dude at The Federalist, Aaron Gleason, dissed CFI's Joe Nickell for his favorable review of An Inconvenient Sequel a couple of weeks back. Joe is amused:

Although one might think Gleason is not the brightest bulb, he obviously believes himself smarter than I, Al Gore, 99.9% of climate scientists, and all but one world leader. What makes Gleason so brilliant in his own mind? He apparently jumps to conclusions with the aid of a pogo stick.  

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Freedom Weather

September 11, 2017

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

Here's a thing to contemplate: Those who are just now on the cusp of adulthood would have been toddling around in diapers at the time of the 9/11 attacks. (I was living in Brooklyn at the time, toddling around in unemployment.) Here's the AP reporting on some of the memorial activities today.

As hurricanes have been battering Texas, Louisiana, the Virgin Islands, and Florida, EPA saboteur-in-chief Scott Pruitt says, hey, now's not the time to talk about climate change, you know, "with all respect" and whatnot. 

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Washington: Ragnarok

September 08, 2017

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

A new survey from Baylor University shows a lot of tension between faith (and non-faith) groups in the U.S., as evangelicals widely perceive Muslims and atheists as morally inferior and even physical threats, and about half of "nones" saying conservative Christians want to limit other people's freedoms. About a quarter of Americans see atheists as less moral and a threat to freedom (what?) and 15% say they're a danger to people's safety. Very, very few people seem to think that Jews are a threat to anyone, which causes one to wonder what it is the white supremacists are so afraid of there.

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Humanity May Perish

September 07, 2017

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

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, Lisa Rein at the Washington Post gets the emails between the National Parks Service and Trump officials who really, really didn't want Mark Zuckerberg coming to Glacier National Park to highlight climate change. The cover-up went all the way down:

Interior appointees even questioned why Gracie the Bark Ranger, the popular border collie who prevents bighorn sheep and mountain goats from getting too close to park visitors, was invited to tag along. 

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There Will Be Normal Numbers!

September 06, 2017

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

Over the weekend, the Sunday Herald in Scotland did a profile of our Secular Rescue program, highlighting some of the threatened secular writers and activists that we've helped bring to safety.

The great folks of CFI Austin are collecting donations to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. So far, they've raised $700! You can make donations through PayPal using membership@cfi-austin.org. The deadline is Friday, September 8 at midnight. They’ll use anything they get this week for a food bank or refugees in Austin.

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