I Am Your Density

May 31, 2018

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

Try not to squirt your coffee out your nose as you giggle at the concept of “Correactology,” an alt-med treatment devised by two Canadians that involves regulating “the density of cells in the body” through light touch. I mean holy crap. Here’s deputy editor of the Canadian Medical Associations’s journal, Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, as reported by the CBC:

That makes absolutely no sense, to talk about the density of cells not being ‘optimal.’ It makes even less sense to put forward the idea that through the manipulation involving touching, one could set the density of cells to an ‘optimum level.’ That is pseudo-science that uses a scientific word that … doesn’t mean what density means.

That’s hilarious.

Also hilarious: A South Carolina Baptist church is getting rid of its statue of Jesus because members think it looks “too Catholic.” What the hell does that even mean? He looks like a Kennedy? Is Jesus canonizing someone? Listen, everybody. Looking too Catholic is not the statue’s biggest problem. The biggest problem is that it actually looks like Bigfoot.

Pew Research releases new data showing that in Western Europe, most people still identify as Christians, but don’t do much Christian-ing:

The survey shows that non-practicing Christians (defined, for the purposes of this report, as people who identify as Christians, but attend church services no more than a few times per year) make up the biggest share of the population across the region. In every country except Italy, they are more numerous than church-attending Christians (those who go to religious services at least once a month). In the United Kingdom, for example, there are roughly three times as many non-practicing Christians (55%) as there are church-attending Christians (18%) defined this way.

But that’s not all. While Western Europe’s Christians are pretty secular, America’s secular folks are relatively, well, religious. Sigal Samuel at The Atlantic reports:

As it turns out, “American ‘nones’ are as religious as—or even more religious than—Christians in several European countries, including France, Germany, and the U.K.”

“That was a surprise,” Neha Sahgal, the lead researcher on the study, told me. “That’s the comparison that’s fascinating to me.” She highlighted the fact that whereas only 23 percent of European Christians say they believe in God with absolute certainty, 27 percent of American nones say this—not exactly what you might expect to hear from atheists or agnostics.

Dan Zak at the Post profiles the UFO-obsessed guy from Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, who is apparently now responsible for a lot of the recent news about UFOs, and seeks to build “a perpetual funding machine” to investigate UFOs.

North Carolina might pass a budget giving $250,000 to Cross Trail Outfitters, whose mission is “guiding the next generation to Christ through the outdoors.”

Sam Harris, on Australia’s The World, says social media is “driving us all insane” by enabling the false equivalency between the veracity of outlets like the New York Times and Breitbart.

The latest Cause & Effect newsletter is out, and I gotta tell you, this issue was a beast. Look at all that stuff! I’m still recovering.

It’s the beast vs. the bird. The Satanic Temple is suing Twitter for religious discrimination, after Twitter suspended the Temple’s accounts after users threatened to burn down the Temple’s headquarters. Though now reinstated, the Temple now says Twitter is deliberately ignoring their request for verification of their accounts. Well, as a Globalist Cuck from Bluecheckmarkistan, I can tell you, it’s not a big deal.

Speaking of Bigfoot, Susan Gerbic interviews CSICon speaker Craig Foster, psychology professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, who took some of his skeptic research to a Texas Bigfoot conference.

Ben Radford investigates what’s up with a mysterious orb in a Christmas tree photo, and the answer is something JJ Abrams would appreciate. Ben also reviews Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it’s fine.

After getting evidence that Paige Patterson tried to keep a female student from reporting a rape, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary strips Patterson of the “emeritus” title they just gave him last week when they first removed him from office. Oh, and get this:

Patterson is scheduled to give a keynote sermon to pastors during next month’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas.

Is he now.

Quote of the Day

The Twitter account of Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company that makes Ambien:

People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.


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