Uneventful Horizon

March 27, 2015

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

The FDA is going to take a serious and public look at homeopathy. We’re going to be all over this.

You know that CFI’s Michael De Dora represents us at the UN, and was just at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. But what goes on there besides all the statements and speeches? Michael gives us a behind-the-scenes look at all the bureaucratic intrigue.

Rep. Sam Johnson wants to make sure military servicemembers have to swear an oath to God, whether they believe in it or not. We think you should tell your congressperson otherwise.

CFI signs on to an open letter to the Inter-Parliamentary Union urging it to reject a resolution that claims that “freedom of opinion and expression are fundamental rights for all but do not permit insults against religions or their symbols and followers.” But yes they do permit those very things, you see.

First Gen Con, now Salesforce, and perhaps even the NCAA, pulling out of Indiana since the signing of its right-to-discriminate “religious freedom” law.

A New Mexico court rejects the lawsuit of a man alleging that his neighbor’s WiFi was was making him sick. George Johnson at NYT notes:

From the perspective of science, the likelihood of the rays somehow causing harm is about as strong as the evidence for ESP. But the law proceeds by its own logic, in which concepts like evidence and proof take on meanings of their own. This case in New Mexico shows how two of civilization’s great bodies of thought — the scientific and the legal — can make for an uneasy mix.

Catherine Dunphy (a speaker at the upcoming Reason for Change conference!) posts a two-part interview with Gerald Posner, author of God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.

Charlotte Huff at Slate worries that Angelina Jolie gave some bad advice in her NYT column about cancer treatment, namely the part about “alternative medicines.”

A Texas federal court temporarily stops the Family and Medical Leave Act from being applied to same-sex married couples in states where same-sex marriage is not recognized.

A California court rules that if you are an atheist, but you have some quasi-religious tenets and claim religious accommodation, well, you’re out of luck.

Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen proposes a bill to make church attendance mandatory. I don’t even know.

Join a paranormal-enthusiasts’ dating site? What am I, Kreskin? Oh wait.

What can possibly resist the ultimate power of a black hole? The Little Gas Cloud That Could, apparently. (I guess that black hole has an uneventful horizon…hehehe…hehehe…I’ll show myself out.)

Quote of the Day:

Adrian Briggs on Twitter:

People who have a problem with homosexuality because it’s ‘unnatural’ are generally supernaturalists.

The irony is exquisite. 

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