The Morning Heresy 7/6/12: Aan the Verge

July 06, 2012

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Today is the big protest in New York City on behalf of Alexander Aan. We have no idea how many folks are showing up, but if you're in the NYC metro area, take your lunch break and show the world that atheism, and freedom of belief generally, should never be a crime. Help me do my job, and tell your local news outlet to cover it. Follow the action on Twitter under the hashtag #FreeAan.

To get a quick catch-up on what it's all about, the latest video edition of Point of Inquiry features a discussion between Chris Mooney and Michael De Dora about Aan's case.

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Announcing WiS2, and a Few Words about WiS1

July 05, 2012

By now it’s clear, I’d say, that the Women in Secularism conference put on by CFI this past May was a milestone event in the secular movement’s history, as it raised consciousness for all in attendance -- men and women -- about all manner of issues affecting women both in and outside the secular and skeptic communities. 

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The Morning Heresy 7/5/12: Supreme Court Upholds Higgs Boson!

July 05, 2012

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Now we've got you, Higgs!

The Washington Post has the clearest explanation I've seen of what it all means.

Lawrence Krauss in Slate gives a helpful metaphor...

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The Morning Heresy 7/3/12: Recognize the Concept of a Cat

July 03, 2012

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Don't forget, folks. The NYC protest of the imprisonment of Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan is happening this Friday. Here's our press release (picked up by RDF), and here's the Facebook event page so you can coordinate. 

So that not-funny guy who somehow gets a lot of work in Hollywood, Rob Schneider, thinks big government is using Nuremberg-like principles to give your kids autism through vaccines. Hey, I know why he's really afraid of vaccines: Because he is, himself, a virus. And what do viruses spend their time doing? Makin' copieeeeees! 

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The Morning Heresy 7/2/12: For Great Justice

July 02, 2012

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CFI intern Stef McGraw has a great piece lending some perspective to our America-centric movement.

Michael De Dora at our Office of Public Policy laments the probable funding of a DC voucher program, but promises that CFI will "remain vigilant" in this ongoing struggle. 

At Friendly AtheistI look askance at Rod Dreher as he exemplifies the wrong way to think about creationism in schools.

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The Morning Heresy 6/29/12: If We Do Not Destroy Ourselves

June 28, 2012

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We're putting it in writing. Today CFI announced the introduction of a new policy on hostile conduct and harassment at conferences. CFI's President and CEO Ron Lindsay has published two blog posts on the topic: a short-and-sweet summation of the policy and its reasoning, and a "tl;dr" version that goes into much more detail. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/28/12: Platitudinous Syrup

June 27, 2012

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The personal papers of Carl Sagan will have a new home: The Library of Congress

Ron Bailey writes in Reason magazine about the continuing deep distrust for atheists in the U.S.

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The Morning Heresy 6/27/12: Babbling Prophecy

June 27, 2012

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There's a lot to cover today, folks. I hope your computer has the RAM to handle all the browser tabs you're about to open.

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The Morning Heresy 6/26/12: The Bloody Sword of Spain

June 26, 2012

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Shall we begin with some horn-tooting? Yes, I think we shall. 

Ed Brayton, whose set before Jamie Kilstein had me guffawing at an embarrassing volume, calls the CFI Leadership Conference "a great weekend in every way." Ophelia hears all the good responses about the event, and concludes "CFI goes from strength to strength. Noticed that?"

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The Morning Heresy 6/25/12: Invisible Yo-Yo!

June 25, 2012

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Well, everyone is exhausted from the CFI Leadership Conference, but it's a good exhausted. The days were absolutely packed with impactful and practical talks and workshops for both freethinking students and CFI's branch leaders. Just off the top of my head, CFI's own Debbie Goddard blew my mind with her moving retelling of her own journey to secular activism, Deisree Schell's workshop clarified my own thinking on campaign organization like nothing I've yet seen, and Chris Mooney's explanation of this Republican Brain thesis was utterly compelling, making me rethink many prejudices I have of both conservatives and liberals. There were several others (truly) that fully impressed me, and I hope both I and others find the time to more thoroughly digest and synthesize it all. Luckily, videos are coming soon.

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