There is a Bulge in the Rib Cage

December 20, 2017


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

Two Reuters journalists, U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, are arrested in Myanmar after obtaining photographs of a mass grave where the bodies of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are being disposed of. The government is arresting many more residents of the local villages are being arrested as well.

Cardinal Bernard Law, the Boston archbishop who shielded priests who had sexually assaulted kids, is dead, dead, dead.

France passes a law mandating the end of oil and gas production and exploration by 2040. I like their spunk. 

The BBC is going to ramp up its coverage of religion and will be incorporating more religious themes into all kinds of programming:

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, told the Times: “[The plans] will ensure the BBC better reflects the UK, the world and the role that religion plays in everyday life. They will also raise understanding of the impact religion has on decisions made at home and abroad.” 

A right-wing website reported that the Muslim mayor of Hoboken, NJ had banned the word “Christmas.” First, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA cough cough HAHAHAHAHAHA. Second, Snopes has the truth: 1) He’s the mayor-elect of Hoboken, but has not taken office. 2) He is not a Muslim, he is a Sikh named Ravi Bhalla. 3) He never banned the word “Christmas,” or suggested it, or anything like that. In fact, he’s wished many people a merry Christmas in person and on social media, and even lit a menorah for Hanukkah.

Reuters documents an attempt by Republican climate activists to convince the residents of tiny Tangier Island in Virginia to come to grips with the reality of climate change, which they refuse to do because #MAGA:

At a dinner attended by island residents Aug. 2, the activists from RepublicEn headed by former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis laid out the stakes: The sea level is rising, and some scientists estimate that within decades the island, already suffering severe erosion, will need to be abandoned. 

Molly Roberts at the Post laments that we’re not all more interested in the recent news about the government’s weird UFO-investigation program, all because we tear our eyes away from real global threat, President Trump’s Twitter feed.

Here comes God’s Not Dead 3, with Hercules and Sabrina the Teenage Witch both starring, and this time bringing along Cicely, Alaska’s only radio personality Chris Stevens (by that I mean John Corbett), which feels really wrong.

Nevşah Fidan Karamehmet, a “breathing therapist” in Turkey, says atheists don’t know how to breathe properly

Radical atheists come to my seminars. There are many serious researches conducted to find the relations between breathing and thinking. For example, atheists’ abdominal breathing is perfect but there is no breath in here [the rib cage]. There is a bulge in the rib cage. It is like there’s a stone in there. 

Quote of the Day:

NBC is going to put on a live concert version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, with John Legend as Jesus and Alice Cooper as King Herod. Let’s fondly the recall the great bit from the song “This Jesus Must Die,” sung evil, large-hatted priests Caiaphas, Annas, and an unnamed priest-buddy:

What then to do about Jesus of Nazareth
Miracle wonderman, hero of fools?

Priest 3:
No riots, no army, no fighting, no slogans

One thing I’ll say for him: Jesus is cool

We dare not leave him to his own devices
His half-witted fans will get out of control

Priest 3:
But how can we stop him? His glamour increases
By leaps every minute; he’s top of the poll

I see bad things arising: the crowd crown him king
Which the Romans would ban
I see blood and destruction, our elimination
Because of one man 

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