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Reason for Change kicks off today! Uh oh, I better get on a plane. But first, real quick, some links, then I gotta dash.
The California bill to end belief exemptions for vaccinations is headed for the full Assembly – if you’re in California, tell your representative to vote for it!
The Wall Street Journal comes down hard on the UN for failing to give consultative status (which CFI has) to Freedom Now, saying that the obstruction by dictatorships is an example of how the UN “betrays human rights.”
Damian Thompson at UK’s conservative Spectator is really bummed about the “death rattle” for British Christianity.
Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan says that maybe atheists should get fast-tracked at airport security, and I can’t tell if he’s kidding:
I envision a fast track line for atheists at all commercial airports, with only visual screening from a distance by TSA personnel. To use such a line, a traveler would simply have to publicly check that they’re an atheist when getting ticketed, and then off they’d go through security with no wait.
I addressed some of my hangups about transhumanism in a recent iMortal post.
Christian author John Perry, who has co-authored books with Roy Moore and the Duggar-defending Mike Huckabee, is himself charged with child molestation. What a horror show.
Meanwhile, the pope approves a “plan on accountability” to address the sex abuse crisis in his own church.
Elizabeth Drescher explores how “nones” engage with scripture, seeing a difference in the size of their moral circle:
Nones who engage Scripture tend to do so by way of inspiring cosmopolitan rather than communitarian action. The starting point for engagement is a recognition of otherness rather than a reinforcement of commonalities. It is about receptivity to difference rather than reinforcing community on the basis of similarity.
Spanish police bust a ring of human traffickers who scared victims with voodoo nonsense in order to subjugate them.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt is apparently a huge jerk:
Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry. … I’m in favor of single-sex labs.
Speaking of huge jerks, Pat Robertson says that if your baby dies, God was stopping the next Hitler. Which of course begs the question: why didn’t he stop the first one? But of course, the answer is, “mysterious ways.”
What’s scarier than religious-right groups? Their lawyers.
The new app “Instapray” was, I guess, inevitable.
Okay I gotta jet. There may or may not be a Heresy tomorrow morning, with the conference and all.
Quote of the Day:
Not a quote, but a photo. Let’s all high-five a shark.
Original image by Marvel and Michelangelo.
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