The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
Once upon a time, a little probe called Rosetta chased a comet for 10 years, and then sent a little box with legs called Philae to land on it, and the world went nuts with delight.
A federal judge rules South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional (BAM!), the Supreme Court clears the way for Kansas same-sex marriages to go ahead (SHABAM!), but then the people of Miami-Dade, Florida come out in force in favor of discrimination against transgender folks (BOOOOOOO).
President Obama scores a deal with China’s President Xi Jinping on carbon emissions.
Christian and Jewish holidays are removed from a Maryland public school’s calendar after Muslim community leaders requested representation of their holidays as well.
Dr. Oz takes to Twitter to solicit health questions, and, well, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Here’s a good one:
I just read that my new detox regimen might be toxic. Can you recommend a detoxification to detoxify my toxins?
Ben Radford reports on the horrifying story of a mother who kills her autistic son in order to “protect” him from being tortured by his dad, and claims she could communicate with him through the Ouija-like “Facilitated Communication.”
Ben also talks to IndieWire about that weird thing where people applaud at movies even though no one who made the movie is there.
Oh and here’s a place I never thought I’d see CFI mentioned: KPopStarz, your source for news on Korean pop music. But there it is.
New research suggests that expressions of scientific certainty (“such and such is a fact”) make people less likely to accept it, as opposed to statements that hedge (“results appeared to indicate…”).
The mayor of New Albany, Indiana is promoting a prayer breakfast on the taxpayer dime.
OMG did Jesus have a wife???? Meh.
Oh hey, my wife is making her theatrical directorial debut with a show put on by students at the University of New England, and a local theatre blog gives it a positive review. Yay Jessica!
Quote of the Day
Tech writer John Gruber on Rosetta/Philae:
10-year mission. 4 billion miles. Landing on a comet traveling 40,000 miles per hour. Science.
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