Resoundingly Unpersuasive

May 23, 2018

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

We’re working with American Atheists to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC in support of Dan Barker’s suit against the House Chaplain, who turned him away from performing an opening invocation for the House because of Barker’s atheism. That’s one way to keep Paul Ryan from firing you I guess.

While no one was looking, the Michigan Senate passed a bill to give state licensure to naturopaths, which is about the same as the state licensing sorcerers. 

Jack Jenkins reports on how the Catholic Church is wrestling with the ethical concerns of artificial intelligence, and reveals how woefully unprepared it is to do so.

Transgender student Gavin Grimm wins the right to use boys’ bathroom facilities in school via federal court. Said Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen:

There were many other ways to protect privacy interests in a nondiscriminatory and more effective manner than barring Mr. Grimm from using the boys’ restrooms. The Board’s argument that the policy did not discriminate against any one class of students is resoundingly unpersuasive.

Journalists are denied entry into a hearing with Scott Pruitt (Destroyer of Worlds) concerning contaminated drinking water. And by denied entry, I mean de-nied entry:

Guards barred an AP reporter from passing through a security checkpoint inside the building. When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building.

While we think having Tony Perkins on the US Commission for International Religious Freedom is a terrible idea, Caroline Matas at Religion Dispatches says, more or less, meh, USCIRF was terrible already.

Susan Gerbic explains how she uses Skeptical Inquirer as a source for “backwards editing” on Wikipedia

David Ermold, who was denied his marriage license by the one and only Kim Davis, loses his primary to run against her.

Changes to Arizona’s K-12 science standards strip out mentions of evolution or else demote it to “just a theory” classification, but there’s still time to fix them. 

Australian archbishop Philip Wilson is found guilty of concealing child sex abuse by a priest, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church to face such a conviction. The most he’d get, though, is two years in prison.

Aliens fly over the skies of Idaho, so they don’t feel left out I guess, I mean I dunno.

Dumbest censorship ever? A grocery store offering custom cakes sent a customer a cake saying, “Congrats Jacob! Summa — Laude class of 2018.” 

Garrison Keillor, who was fired by Minnesota Public Radio following allegations of sexual misconduct, writes that he is not interested in “secular humanism or psychics.” Works for me. 

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