Brutal, Fear-Driven, Apocalypse-Based

January 12, 2016

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

Turkey is “disturbed” by the rhetoric against Muslims in the GOP presidential race, and, well, I don’t blame them. Of course, I’m pretty disturbed by a lot of what Turkey does and says lately, too. So.

800th time’s the charm? Michael Newdow is suing to get “In God We Trust” off the money, this time using RFRA.

If you’re not sure where the moralistic, plutocratic wing of the GOP stands on Cruz, look no further than David Brooks:

Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. … Evangelicals and other conservatives have had their best influence on American politics when they have proceeded in a spirit of personalism — when they have answered hostility with service and emphasized the infinite dignity of each person. They have won elections as happy and hopeful warriors. Ted Cruz’s brutal, fear-driven, apocalypse-based approach is the antithesis of that.

Kevin Drum pens a major cover piece for Mother Jones on his personal experience with the right-to-die issue

Also in death news, a mother is suing California to invalidate her apparently brain-dead son’s death certificate.  

How does the LDS Church know for sure that God is against same-sex marriage? God told their church president, Thomas S. Monson, personally. 

Susan Gerbic, master of skeptical Wikipedia editing, reflects on a “whirlwind tour” through Australia and its skeptical communities. 

Ben Radford writes once again for the Russian outlet The Question, and the headline as parsed by Google Translate is really quite something:

How to document the house ghost friends to finally believe that I have a ghost house (can video)? 

Nice try, Google! 

Al Jazeera English will air today a special on the ethics of homeopathy.

Laura Turner looks at the religious and irreligious themes in the work of David Bowie. 

This is interesting: Steve Stankevicius writes about how his atheists-should-be-vegans piece from Salon was puffed up in the headline by Salon‘s editors to be more inflammatory than it really was (Sam Harris had “no problems” with it). 

A nonreligious Republican state representative in Montana (takes all kinds, I guess) says a conservative Christian potential gubernatorial candidate should not have to open up about his faith.

The International Cryptozoology Society is formed, but both “true believers” as well as “scoftic” skeptics are unwelcome. 

Quote of the Day:

The Birmingham News editorial board on gay-marriage-blocking, Ten-Commandments-defending Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

We must recognize Moore for what he is — a two-bit politician wrapped in judicial robes, a grasper and attention-seeker with delusions of grandeur, a man who desperately wants to be Alabama’s governor and who has seriously considered himself as qualified to be president of these United States.
Roy Moore is delusional about Roy Moore. The only bad thing that has happened since Alabama acquiesced to the ruling of America’s Supreme Court is that Moore hasn’t got enough attention, so once again he has “ordered” probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples. … … It is time Roy Moore realized that he is wrong. He is wrong on this issue, he is wrong in thinking he might ever be governor of Alabama, he is wrong in seeing himself as of presidential timber, he is wrong in thinking that he matters. 

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