March 11, 2015


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

Yesterday, freethought writer Rafida Bonya Ahmed, wife of murdered writer Avijit Roy, chose the Center for Inquiry to deliver her first public statement after she survived the attack that her husband did not. We are honored to share her story. She calls the attack “a crime not only against a person, but against freedom of speech and humanity.” Bangladesh news outlets are focused on the part of her statement in which she says, “While Avijit and I were being ruthlessly attacked, the local police stood close by and did not act.”

You can also hear Ms. Ahmed in her own voice in her interview with the BBC. As a survivor of an attack, it’s very hard to hear. “My biggest fear is to go through that memory.”

Leaders of the freethought community, including our own Ron Lindsay, get together for a short video about Openly Secular Day.

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council says, “There are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.” You. Don’t. Say.

BBC reports on Saudi Arabia’s absurd tantrum of a statement lashing out at critics of their treatment of Raif Badawi. 

CFI board member Barry Kosmin writes a piece at CNN.com on his research about anti-Semitism on college campuses

John Surico at VICE tries to figure out how psychics afford crazy New York City rent: iT’s a mYsTeRyyyyyy. 

This video by CGP Grey helps explain how “thought germs” feed on our emotions (like, I dunno, anger) and spread across the Internet. 

Our own David Koepsell reminds us that the U.S. and Russia still stockpile outrageous numbers of nuclear weapons, and are mad at each other again, which is really scary. Thanks, David. 

Colorado legislative committee rejects a “religious freedom” license-to-discriminate bill.

Mark Oppenheimer reviews Paul Offit’s new book, Bad Faith, and is surprisingly unmoved. “When Dr. Offit tries to give context to religious people’s choices, his anger blinds him,” but notes Offit’s importance: “Few doctors have done more than Dr. Offit, in clinical work or in writing, to save lives by encouraging vaccination.”  

William London reacts to the news about chiropractors lobbying against vaccinations:

Although the chiropractic establishment is clueless regarding science-based clinical services, it’s generally savvy regarding public relations and political lobbying to advance its business interests.  

Stephen Law of CFI-UK posts his opening statement at a debate about whether science has “buried” God. 

Quote of the Day  

If anything, I think I will go back to being vocal and expressing what we believe in. The cause that Avijit died for…I will not be quiet.  

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