Look at That! It’s Shiny!

May 6, 2016

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

Bangladesh’s Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, continues to reprimand secular writers for inviting their own murders. Via the Daily Star:

[He said] the government is not pleased with “bloggers who demean religion” and the people who are killing them. “Bloggers should restrain from hurting religious sentiments,” the minister said. It is a criminal offence when bloggers hurt religious sentiments of the public, he added. 

I use several desert and mirage metaphors in our first official announcement of CSICon 2016, because, you know, it’s Vegas! A lot of wishful thinking and illusions going on there, right? In the desert? Well I thought it was clever. 

The ACLU puts out a report showing that 1 in 6 U.S. hospital beds are in Catholic-owned facilities, and in some states they make up as much as 40%. That means a lot of patients being denied needed care if it contradicts Catholic dogma. 

“Who will inspire the children by looking wistfully at things, saying, ‘Ooooh look! Look at that! It’s shiny!'” This is said by a puppet version of Robin Ince to a puppet Brian Cox, and, well, I’ll let Kylie Sturgess explain in her new interview with the puppet masters at the CSI website. 

FFRF is suing the U.S. House of Representatives and its chaplain over invocation requirements that are “inherently discriminatory against the nonreligious and minority religions.”

Ben Radford writes about a new report on herbal alt-med treatments and their dangers, such as, for example, how one can be poisoned by them, slowly, over time. Natural! 

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi says that human rights are, like, so Western. Like, ew.

Pastor Chris Nye opines against grandstanding public prayer.

Vaping: Better than smoking, technically, but not benign.  

Quote of the Day:

Zack Kopplin on a man he considered a mentor, the late Sir Harry Kroto:

Kroto was never content to only change the world through his research. He understood that his success had given him an outsized megaphone, so he used it. … Kroto wasn’t religious. He’s not out there watching over us. But, his life’s work is still with us, the science, and everything else. I wish there was one more chance to tell him how he inspired us.   

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