Glassy-eyed Regressive Conservabot Zealot

November 30, 2012

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

Remember all the hubbub about how NASA was about to drop a mystery bombshell about something the Curiosity Mars rover discovered? Not so much. Via Slashgear:

NASA‘s teased data “for the history books” from the Curiosity Mars rover has all been a huge misunderstanding, the space agency now says, with the reference apparently encompassing the mission as a whole – not a specific finding. 

Pat Robertson said this:

I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this. . . . You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things, and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas. They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible. 

Ken Ham is not pleased

This Sunday, CFI’s Michael De Dora will be the guest on the Atheists Talk radio show, talking about the Campaign for Free Expression, and, one assumes, ties.

PZ Myers describes Albert Mohler’s Christianist news roundup site in a way that caught my attention:

It’s kind of like the flip side of The Morning Heresy, if Paul Fidalgo were a glassy-eyed regressive conservabot zealot. 


Oh snap! No really! Scientists have snapped a picture of the double helix of DNA!

Kylie Sturgess introduces a new project, The 365 Days of Philosophy, “an educational website that will include resources, links, exercises and a monthly podcast – on the topic of philosophy.” 

Oh, and Kylie found this: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alan-Freaking-Rickman talking to each other about…who cares? It’s those guys!

CFI’s Sarah Kaiser profiles the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers & Inquirers, which includes former CFI intern (and overall good egg) Stef McGraw! 

The Guardian: As Bobby Jindal’s efforts to allow the teaching of creationism in schools and the funding of religious schools face legal challenges, his branding as a nationally-electable moderate could be in jeopardy

Also at The Guardian, Dean Burnett scripts out a conversation many of us have had with folks who believe in nonsense. 

Zinnia Jones points out that the Salvation Army, whose bell-dinging Santas guilt you out of your cash, have invited wingnut conspiracy theorist and hypocrite Dinesh D’Souza to address their big fundraising event. Says a lot, no?

Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison for “inciting the overthrow of the government” and insulting the Emir, all the while Qatar is hosting an international climate change conference. 

Herb Silverman reacts to the whole Marco-Rubio-is-not-a-scientist, man thing.  

Remember that show about the paranormal with a much-younger Leonard Nimoy narrating, In Search Of…? I used to see it at like 3am on cable when it was already old. Well, now you can watch it over and over if you’re like that. 

Serbian vampires

G. Jeffrey MacDonald on the theology of American seccessionism.

Bribery! Divine repentance! Explanations of what the heck it actually means to be an “apologist!” All this and more on the latest episode of The Human Bible!!! <thundercrash!!> 

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors member Ken Reid apologizes for referring to all atheists as terrorists, and clarifies that only the ones that advocate for church-state separation are terrorists.  

On December 12, the Secular Coalition will hold a summit on religious privilege in the tax code. 

On December 7, our own Tom Flynn will enlighten the folks at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on his vision for the secularist movement. 

What’s the next big project from a Bigfoot hoaxer? Plastic on Mars of course

The Catholic Church has, apparently, a busy exorcism switchboard

Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington: Interfaith dialogue is essential to fighti
ng secularism
. Well, great. 

Blowhards like Rick Warren pretend to give a crap about what Jamie Foxx says about Barack Obama. 

Medill report calls using alt-med in tandem with conventional medicine (also known as “medicine”) “the best of both worlds.” Ahem.

NASA: No really, folks, Nibiru is not coming

Todd Hartley at the Aspen Times has big plans following the sequencing of Bigfoot DNA:

I think the next step in these experiments is obvious to anyone who has ever seen “Jurassic Park.” We here at “I’m With Stupid” plan to use the DNA we’ve sequenced to create live chupacabras and wampus cats to sell as pets. 

UFO spotted in China determined to be European Ariane 5 rocket.  

So hey. Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ll turn 35, reaching the end of an economically significant demographic. One way you could celebrate said happy/sad occasion, as I creep nearer to death, is to buy The Morning Heresy coffee mugs, and send me pics of you enjoying said mugs so I can post them here. Okay? Good. I thank you in advance. 

Quotes of the Day (It’s a three-way tie!)        

Fake AP Stylebook tweets:

Use a comma after every item in a list of three or more, but then take back one comma to honor the Hebrew God whose sentence this is. 

John Fugelsang tweets in response to Bill O’Reilly’s admonition that Christianity is not a religion:

I’d like to know where Bill O’Reilly stands on the separation of philosophy and state. 

And Emily Willingham at Forbes looks at a concern about lead in Christmas decorations:

The reality is that studies do suggest that the lead in Christmas lights could be a problem at the levels present in some lights if people have sufficient exposure. What a first-world response, though, to make a special trip to IKEA, which always seems so far away, in your gas-burning automobile to buy precious, lead-free Christmas lights to plug in and power up thanks to your friendly neighborhood coal-burning power plant.  

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