The Jersey Beanie Baby

October 13, 2015


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

Point of Inquiry this week has one of our own: Josh Zepps interviews CFI senior policy analyst Ed Beck, along with SCA’s Sarah Levin, to talk about the anti-vaccine movement and our work on vaccination policy. 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry announces ten new Fellows of the committee and four new Scientific and Technical Consultants.  

Ben Carson is going all-in on the God stuff:

The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’ So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it’s called schizophrenia. And I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.

Can you imagine how hard it must be to literally kick God to the curb, or, like, at all? You’d probably break your foot. Or your leg would turn into a burning acid that would continue to sear and torment you long after the limb had ceased to be. Just thinking out loud here. 

Sarah Posner notes the dissonance of Carson’s enthusiasm for firearms and the nonviolent tenets of his religion, Seventh-day Adventism, concluding, “It’s hard to think of another candidate who seems to have run so far from his own faith.”

Coming up in January in Houston is the Secular Social Justice conference: CFI’s Debbie Goddard will be there, and the event is sponsored in part by CFI’s African Americans for Humanism. 

Okaloosa County School Board (in Florida, of course) votes to keep prayers at meetings, and then more or less has, as Hemant calls it, a Christian revival at the meeting

Homeopath from Arizona whose treatments were responsible for the death of a toddler in Florida agrees to “go away” and give up her license to practice in the state. 

As a native of New Jersey, yea, e’en of the hinterlands of South Jersey, I have a deeply ingrained fear of the idea of the Jersey Devil, even though I know intellectually that it doesn’t exist. Even given this visceral terror, this did not scare me. Like, what is that, a Beanie Baby?

The alleged Shroud of Turin, according to DNA evidence, really gets around.  

Quote of the Day:

Majid Nawaaz, on the mortal plight of atheist ex-Muslims, “the most persecuted minority-within-a-minority in the world today”:

Let there be no mistake. There is a bloody war being waged on atheism. And it is time for us all—especially we liberals and Muslims—to show some of that solidarity we rightly expect from others. … If a society is to be judged by how it treats its weakest, its voiceless and most downtrodden, then let that lens focus truly on these minorities-within-minorites who risk everything to question the prevailing conservative dogma within their own communities. For if liberalism is to mean anything at all, it is duty bound to support without hesitation the dissenting individual over the group, the heretic over the orthodox, innovation over stagnation and free speech over offense.

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