Fallback Spiritual

December 27, 2017

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

Bangladeshi blogger Asaduzzaman Noor is arrested by immigration police when attempting to leave the country, and charged with “mocking Prophet Mohammed and made bad comments against Islam, the prophet and the Koran on Facebook and YouTube.”

It has been reported that Egypt is considering a law against atheism, as opposed to its current strictures on promoting atheism. 

Sikivu Hutchinson profiles four teenage black secular activists at HuffPost:

They are not passively churched, they are not “fallback” spiritual, nor are they bowing down to ‘God(s)’ to give the appearance of cultural solidarity with mainstream blackness. What they are is committed to an unapologetically intersectional vision of social justice that challenges faith-based respectability.  

Jeff Wise at New York Magazine thinks the New York Times was a little careless in its reporting about that UFO-investigation program, leading people to believe that the government had uncovered actual evidence of aliens, when none exists.

LiveScience tries to explain “water memory,” a central concept in homeopathy, and contains a lot of phrases and terms such as “there’s really no such thing,” “doesn’t exist,” “just isn’t possible,” and my favorite, “that doesn’t make sense.”

Through a divorce case, Nevada’s Supreme Court issues guidance for lower courts when a child’s educational needs are impacted by a parent’s religious views

Ian Frazier at the New Yorker profiles Black Elk, the Oglala Sioux holy man who, in the early 20th century, became a Catholic, and is today being considered for sainthood.  

Atheists in Kenya are offering a big prize to the students who score the lowest on their religious studies exams. I agree with Hemant, though, this is, as he says, is “counterproductive.” It behooves us to be as well informed on religion as we can be, not to trumpet our ignorance like a badge of honor.

Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sister-wives and all, finally agree to pay some of their property taxes in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, after 12 years of avoiding them. 

Quote of the Day:

The LA Times takes the SpaceX rocket, the New York Times UFO story, and Trump, and combines them into one solid burn:

On UFOs, Trump has been strangely silent, though. Asked whether the president was a believer, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that she hadn’t discussed it with him.

Maybe she should. If the Trump administration is going to be in the business of funding programs based on questionable science, then why not UFO research? It certainly has more upside potential than investing in coal.

… In short, the truth is out there. If we can’t have it about UFOs, then maybe we’ll get it about the yeti. The possibilities for 2018 are endless. 

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