They don’t make movies like they used to

October 3, 2016


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

Today’s Morning Heretic is Stef McGraw. I don’t know where Paul is, so I’m speculating that the Trump campaign might be trying snatch him away from us—I hear they might need someone with public relations skills.

This past Friday was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and CFI once again took on a leading roleWe got some good press, and we got Bill Donohue on our case, though some would argue that Bill Donohue’s disapproval is just as good as anyone’s endorsement.

The Friendly Atheist featured several atheist leaders reflecting on the impact of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion ten years after its release (wow, are we all that old?). Included in that list of atheist leaders is, unsurprisingly, our very own Robyn Blumner, who had this to say:

Like no other book of its kind, The God Delusion caught the zeitgeist, acted as a lifeline to people who felt alone in their religious doubts, and galvanized a movement.

The Guardian reports of women going on strike all across Poland to protest a proposed abortion ban, which would criminalize the procedure and punish those who got an abortion with up to five years in prison.

Atheist and social justice writer and activist Niki Massey died over the weekend, and much too soon. Several bloggers have written pieces about who who was and what she meant to them and the movement as a whole.

Last week’s episode of ABC’s Black-Ish wrestled with the topic of religion and atheism in the black community, and while Jezebel has some reasonable criticisms of how the show handled the weighty topic, I’m still pretty happy that a black atheist was shown in a relatively positive light on a major network sitcom!

The Jewish New Year of 5777 is upon us, and just when I got used to writing 5776 on my checks! Bloomberg has a piece about the secularization of American Judaism to mark the occasion.

Someone leaked over a dozen videos of Mormon Church leaders hearing presentations about and discussing various social and political issues. Unsurprisingly, “the homosexual agenda” is something they’re very concerned about. Very, very concerned about. They’re also concerned about science and morality, which is admittedly an important topic, except that one of the Twelve Apostles at the time had this to say:

Science and morality—those two words might go together…but science has got a lot to learn first. You’ve got to at least admit that there’s something spiritual.

Eh, that could be worse. And you know who’s having an even worse weekend than the LDS Church? Donald Trump, who may have avoided paying taxes the past two decades and may have also gone off on an incoherent rant.

Quote of the Day

You want something from Trump’s incoherent rant, you say? Well okay then:

Right now, you say to your wife: ‘Let’s go to a movie after Trump.’ But you won’t do that because you’ll be so high and so excited that no movie is going to satisfy you. Okay? No movie. You know why? Honestly? Because they don’t make movies like they used to — is that right?

I know it’s Monday morning, but don’t worry. It probably won’t make sense on Tuesday either.

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