Proselytism is Solemn Nonsense

October 2, 2013

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

Elise Hilton at the religious-conservative organization Acton Institute respectfully questions the new CFI Living without Religion campaign, and still concludes, “Believers and non-believers have much in common, and much to discuss.”   

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be magically turned into saints on on April 27, 2014. 

The current pope is still generating good copy, for example:

Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. 

Of American Jews, 22% are also “nones.” 

Guy writes a sexy-sexy version of the book of Genesis (spoiler alert: there’s some begattin’!), and gets his home vandalized for “blasphemy.” 

Sharon Hill, in a piece for, wonders why ghost hunters feel the need to bust out high tech equipment like EMF meters. “Turns out, they don’t even know why.” 

Speaking of Sharon, she is getting more and more clever with her headlines: “Un-Nessie-sarily blaming a monster for a tragic accident” 

A humanist veteran is barred from placing a wreath at a remembrance ceremony. 

Putin is one scary, tough something-or-other, but that doesn’t mean Russia is ready to take on the aliens

Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice ops-ed in WaPo against the Vatican being both a church and a state with power at the UN:

Why is the Holy See allowed to masquerade as a state and impose the narrowest interpretations of its religious doctrine on everybody? Other religions are treated as NGOs, and many support reproductive rights but are not given the deference or the power the Holy See enjoys. 

Michael De Dora updates us on the past couple (busy) months of activity at the CFI Office of Public Policy. 

Hobby Lobby’s “Christian values” includes blocking contraceptive access (as you know) as well as not stocking Hanukkah merchandise.

CFI-Indiana takes part in a campaign to stand up for reproductive health, with an event this Saturday

Peter J. Reilly considers humanism as a quasi-religion:

There is already a push for humanist chaplains in the military. The religious right might want to rethink its resistance to that concept. Expanding that big ecumenical tent to make room for Humanists might actually increase support for religion.  

This is kind of odd, and kind of sweet. Seth Kurtenbach’s tribute to Hemant Mehta.

Fake psychic in Australia hides a dude in an attic to pretend to be a spirit for a ghost tour. 

Olivia Hames encourages the use of critical thinking skills even when determining one’s own identity. 

Quote of the Day

Jenée Desmond-Harris on the phenomenon of people assuming black people are always Christian:

Your frustration is a reminder that being stereotyped doesn’t feel any better just because the offender thinks the assumption he or she is making about you is a positive one (even the most positive one possible, as Christianity likely is to many Americans). And it doesn’t make it any better when the offender is the same race, either.

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