That’s a Really Minimal Minimum

March 4, 2015

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

A court in Turkey blocks access to the website of the country’s first atheists’ group, The Atheism Association, less than a year after the group formed. The charge? “Provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.” Right.

I am not what you’d call a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, let’s just say that. But I gotta give him this: his takedown of the anti-vax crowd is one for the ages. 

Jamila Bey explains in her own words her reasoning for addressing the CPAC conference and referring to herself as a conservative.  

James Croft’s response is worth noting:

At one moment in her speech Bey looked out into the crowd and said: “I see people who love this country and believe in the equality of all people.” No you don’t. You really don’t, Jamila! You see a subset of the most conservative activists in the country, people whose job it is to oppose LGBTQ equality, women’s equality, and the equality of people of color. People who quite literally lead the charge against equality in America! 

Neal Samudre of something called “JesusHacks” offers a list of “practical” ways to help persecuted Christians (which, I should note, CFI tries to do), and among these practical actions is “pray.” Way to blow your premise, dude.

Ed Simon at Religion Dispatches says while maybe Islam needs a reformation, it’s already getting one, and it’s called ISIS

Jerry A. Coyne at TNR: Throw the faith-healing parents in jail. 

Bill Nye comes around on GMOs

Some Christian extremist monster in California is trying to get a Uganda-style kill-the-gays ballot initiative going.

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, an atheist, says the kind of thing I used to say when I was younger and was afraid of being made an outcast by my non-atheist friends:

I sometimes think it must be the most wonderful thing to be infused with faith. It’s not something that’s happened to me, it’s not happened to me yet and I would embrace it. 

I don’t say that kind of stuff anymore. 

Here’s a cool campaign to get a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the 20-dollar bill. You can vote from the nominees, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton! You can choose three, so I picked her, Susan B., and Harriet Tubman. 

CFI-Indiana is taking part in the Freedom Indiana Faith Vigil today against RFRA and the license to discriminate. 

The Alabama Supreme Court (headed up by Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore) orders probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, for what I am sure are totally legitimate and secular reasons.

David Koepsell writes at our blog about how scientists who shill for companies and fudge reality hurt the entire enterprise of science. 

Jonathan M. Katz at NYT reports: Hicks’s murder of the three Muslim students was almost certainly not about a parking space

Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg at Religion & Politics:

Religious accommodation has frequently been the last refuge of those who seek to escape the imposition of new anti-discrimination laws, especially in the field of sexuality and marriage.


Daily Times in Pakistan:

The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has developed a dedicated set of Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS), which will be implemented in homeopathic clinics all over Punjab.

Emphasis on the “minimum” I assume. Meanwhile, a Pakistan homeopath paralyses a girl’s arm with one of his crap injections.

A guru in India convinces 50 men to cut off their testicles to get closer to God. WHY WHY WHY WHAT IS GOING ON 

Nice shirt, boss

Quote of the Day 


Here in L.A., there are schools in which 20% of the students aren’t vaccinated because parents are more scared of gluten than they are of smallpox. 


* * *  

Original image by Shutterstock

Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI. Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is. 

Follow CFI on Twitter: @center4inquiry 

Got a tip for the Heresy? Send it to press(at)! 

The Morning Heresy: “I actually read it.” – Hemant Mehta