March 22, 2013

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

This is happening now-ish: 2014 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 8) is being debated today in the US Senate, and it's got vouchers in it. Our Office of Public Policy would like you to urge your senators to nix that part

So, I was just talking to the Universe, and I was like, hey, Universe, not that you asked, but you don't look a day over 13 billion. Then the Universe was all, thanks, Paul, but I'm actually 13.82 billion! And I was all NO WAY. 

io9 has a list of fictional omnipotent beings, like Q, who are also jerks. Weirdly not on the list: Yahweh.

The Atlantic: 44% of parents will not get their daughters vaccinated for HPV, and one big reason is "safety concerns."

Emily Willingham at Forbes reports that paranoia about the MMR vaccine has spooked scientists from being forthright about actual problems with other vaccines, lest they get attacked:

The misinformed noise drowning out the evidence-based signal has added up to a threat to public health and fueled outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. And now, it threatens the progress of science and public health in a completely different way.

Scammer in religious garb who quotes the Bible encourages folks to be wary of scammers in religious garb who quote the Bible. And to send money.

State of Tennessee to the University of Tennessee: No money for "Sex Week"

Al Jazeera's 101 East does a program on blasphemy laws in Pakistan, "Murder in God's Name." 

An appeal by three members of Pussy Riot is rejected

Prepare to release the Kraken...of secularism! CFI On Campus's affiliate of the week is the Cal State Fullerton's Titans for Reason

17-year-old atheist Luis Ruuska is bullish on Pope Francis

FFRF wants the removal of a Vietnam memorial cross in Coos Bay, Oregon. 

Guys. Obama has an alien security guy. WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? 

Atheist Jew babysits Orthodox Jewish kid, learns about the Torah and Barbie-torture

A new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, looks at how morality is developed without the help of a deity

Mark Crislip on why understanding all the information about medicine and statistics is so damn hard

Chupacabra (a monster I'd never heard of before I started working here) are apparently attacking sheep in Honduras. Because there are no other predators out there that like to attack sheep. 

You're getting hotter....hotterrrr.....oh, now you're cold. Colder. Either way, you're in Hell

My three-year-old son is about to get very excited. He's a big fan of Daniel Loxton's Ankylosaur Attack, and now you can get Pterosaur Trouble! (Or, "Ptrouble.") 

So there's going to be a book version of the TV version of the Bible. Sarah Posner:

The producers were worried about biblical illiteracy and wanted to "glorify God." So now instead of reading the actual Bible, you can just read a novelization of a miniseries. 


Anti-Quote of the Day  

Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas:

The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out. 

Right. That's the best thing about Planet Earth. 

Quote of the Day 

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to those concerned that the company's support of marriage equality may have caused the stock to dip:

You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much. 

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#1 Mark W (Guest) on Friday March 22, 2013 at 8:57am

“State of Tennessee to the University of Tennessee: No money for ‘Sex Week’!”

And guess who’s stirring up all this trouble? Why, it’s your ol’ friend and mine—Tennessee Senator Stacy Campfield!

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