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February 5, 2015

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

What’s the best possible way to spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated? Stickers, of course! So as part of our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign, we’re offering a FREE sticker saying “Protect yourself. Protect others. Vaccinate.” to everyone who wants one. And just because we’re nice people, we’re throwing in a second sticker for you to give to a friend. Check it out, get your pro-vaccine propaganda, drive Jenny McCarthy nuts, and help us get the word out on Facebook and Twitter, and heck, why not, on Google+ too. 

Meanwhile, Mississippi, which let’s be honest is not known for its love of science-based policy, is sticking to its tough vaccination policies

Our boss Ron Lindsay is named a Fellow of the Secular Policy Institute

CFI On Campus has a great overview of the fantastic work done by student activists throughout 2014. 

This will have big free expression implications, as the FCC decides to regulate Internet broadband as a utility. In other words, net neutrality

“Shoe bomber” Richard Reid says Islam is totally cool with bringing down airplanes full of innocent people, and that his attempt didn’t work out because God must have had some different plans.

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo takes full responsibility for the company’s inability to deal with rampant trolling and abuse, and promises in leaked internal memos, “We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them.” 

Speaking of trolls, Dennis Markuze, a.k.a. David Mabus, will be sentenced today.

Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is named Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Community at Harvard University.

A group that advocates for Hawaiian independence has staked out a nice place for UFOs to land, and “establish diplomatic relations with extraterrestrial life.” Which I think will really help their cause. 

Buddhists in Mongolia say that this 200-year-old mummified monk is “still alive,” and just meditating. Maybe he’s pining for the fjords

Quote of the Day

Daniel Dennett rebuts David Brooks on what secularists “have to do”:

Secularists don’t have to “build” anything; we can choose moral philosophies from what’s already well tested. If religious people think that their “faith” excuses them from evaluating the duties and taboos handed down to them, they are morally obtuse. … 

We secularists have no need for love of any imaginary being, since there is a bounty of real things in the world to love, and to motivate us: peace, justice, freedom, learning, music, art, science, nature, love and health, for instance. 

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