Alabama Will Not Become a Caliphate

November 5, 2014

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

So. How was your night? Well.

Among the many, many other things that happened as a result of yesterday’s elections, Colorado’s personhood initiative went down to defeat, as did North Dakota’s “life begins as conception” thing, but Tennessee’s amendment which would add to its state constitution that “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion” is approved.

But Alabamians need not worry about becoming part of the Caliphate, as a “no foreign law” amendment is approved

Two atheist office-seekers lost: Daniel Moran running for Texas’s legislature, and James Woods running for Congress from Arizona. However, Juan Mendez, an Arizona state legislator, has been reelected. Also, two Rhode Islanders who were fighting Jessica Ahlquist back in the day have lost their races: Peter Palumbo (who called her “evil little thing”) lost his reelection to the state legislature, and Cranston mayor Allan Fung lost his bid for governor. Thanks to Hemant Mehta for being such a good source on all these races.

Of course, there was a good chance you had to vote in a church.  

Anyway, maybe Tom Flynn can straighten some of these electorates out, as he heads southward for a speaking tour of Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. 

This is great: Tim Farley tracks down the origins of the maxim about not being so open minded that your brains fall out. It wasn’t Sagan, and the quote goes at least as far back as 1939. 

Wow, the Washington Times, of all things, editorializes against alt-med Ebola “treatments”:

Taking a bit of vitamin C doesn’t hurt when fending off the sniffles, but if it keeps desperately ill patients from seeking legitimate treatment, it puts everyone at risk.

A HuffPo UK poll says that more than half of Britons think religion does more harm than good

Addie Lass guest-posts at the CFI blog to reflect on the Freethought Books Project, for getting books to secularly-minded prisoners, and her pen pal exchange:

As a freethinker, I think it is important to reach out to people in whatever ways you can and remain connected to one another. In many ways, we are isolated from each other and can tend to forget that we exist in almost every part of our society. This project has allowed me to reach out in a new way, learn about an experience I’ve never been through and meet another member of the freethought community. 

Kersten Knipp of Deutsche Welle looks at the “disastrous human rights situation in Saudi Arabia” and its merciless legal system which props up Sunni Islam.

Michael Lehmann offers thoughts on the debate (such as it is) between creationism and evolution, writing, “We shouldn’t be disappointed that we can’t harmonize the Bible with science — we should be disappointed that we’ve tried.”

The Vatican decries the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, because they have a firm ethical grounding to stand on. 

The UFO crash in Roswell? Nazis

Quote of the Day

Lawrence Krauss says we just might be a generation away from ditching religion, more or less altogether:

I can tell you a generation ago people said there is no way people would allow gay marriage, and slavery — essentially — [gone in] a generation; we got rid of it. Change is always one generation away. So if we can plant the seeds of doubt in our children, religion will go away in a generation, or at least largely go away. And that’s what I think we have an obligation to do. 

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