A Frustrating, Brutal, Overheated Existence

March 17, 2016


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

The Heresy is rather late today because of this:

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) applauded the decision today by Secretary of State John Kerry to declare that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shiites in Iraq and Syria.

We’re the only skepto-atheist group to be part of a coalition that urged the administration and Congress to make this declaration. 

President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, and so far he seems mostly a cypher on church-state/religious freedom issues. But my personal opinion is: OMG he’s adorable! I just wanna muss his hair.

Okay, so, Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas just introduced a resolution to designate magic as “art form with unique power to impact the lives of all people.” I assume he means, like, the work of illusionists and whatnot, and not, like, Harry Potter……..right?

Pakistan’s powerful Council of Islamic Ideology rules the Women’s Protection Act, which is aimed at curbing domestic and sexual violence against women, “un-Islamic.” Said one of these monsters, “This law makes a man insecure. This law is an attempt to make Pakistan a Western colony again.”

The Reason Rally of 2016 has a new press release on the lobbying aspects of the event, focusing on sex-ed funding:

The federal government still funds abstinence-only sex ed programs that actually increase teenage pregnancy, according to the NIH. To Reason Rally supporters, that makes no sense at all. They want public money spent on programs that work so, for two days, atheists, secular humanists and “nones” — those who have no affiliation — will be walking the Halls of Congress, knocking on doors, and making their power as a voting bloc known. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association finds that most of the folks who didn’t get vaccinated and then got measles last year had refused those vaccinations, which of course made things worse for everyone else. 

The American Journal of Public Health, however, induces a massive facepalm from Jann Bellamy on the issue of homeopathy. 

The Stillwater News Press in Oklahoma editorializes against an attempt to strike church-state separation language from the state constitution:

We get why this had such wide approval, no one wants to be the one to stand in the way of such a rigorous belief system. How do we look now on Puritanical New England, with stocks, scarlet letters, witch hunts or any number of devices for public shaming? We don’t look favorably on that society ruled by an oppressive religious doctrine. But, in that time, people within the society probably just thought of it as business as usual. 

We haven’t heard much from longtime atheist activist Rob Sherman for some time, but he apparently just won himself the Green Party nomination for Congress in Illinois. That should raise the Green Party’s chances of winning that seat from 0.0% to about 0.00%. 

NY Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are raided by the FBI for possible fraud, as public money meant for technology upgrades went to…well who knows?!?! 

Ben Radford takes lessons in bias and skepticism from the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane

Tennessee, delete your legislature. State Rep. Micah Van Huss wants to strip the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion of its entire budget, $100k, and allocate it all to buying “In God We Trust” stickers. That’s, like, what you would do in a satire of a religious-right politician who’d totally lost it. Just stop. 

Georgia’s legislature, meanwhile, passes a discriminate-against-gays/”religious liberty” bill, which the governor might not sign. 

Quote of the Day: 

Paul Boorstin says forget the UFOs, the grays, and the reptilians — the real alien overlord is already here

Maddened by a frustrating, brutal, overheated existence, Americans are ready to surrender our pitiful planet. It’s the new normal to pin our hopes on an Alien Overlord, a Master of the Universe who, with a wave of his hand, really can conjure a thousand-mile wall out of thin air, zap ISIS with a death ray, and vaporize eleven million “Mexican rapists;” a billionaire with the mojo to defy all earthly laws of logic, physics — and human decency!

Our E.T. monster lacks bug eyes, antennae and green skin. And yet, our very own foul-mouthed, orange-tufted oaf poses an interstellar threat. He doesn’t hover overhead in a flying saucer. Instead, he swoops down on us in a gold-plated 757 labeled “Trump.”   

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