Snail Appeal

June 17, 2015

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

Ah, Trump. You’re going to make things so much more fun. Anyhoo, Ryan Koronowski at ClimateProgress rounded up all of Trump’s crazy it’s-cold-so-climate-change-is-fake tweets, such as “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Wheeeeee!

As the world trembles in anticipation of the pope’s climate change encyclical, the contents of which are already known [shrug], Pew looks at the attitudes of Catholics and the public at large toward climate science. 

Oh by the way we’re running out of water on Earth, no big deal:

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period. 

David Brooks is very concerned about the character and integrity of an increasingly secularized America. Pedant, school thyself

FFRF principal founder, the late Anne Nicol Gaylor, is remembered in the New York Times.  

Danny Akin of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary gets admonished by one member of the flock for supporting the Openly Secular campaign, but holds his ground.

Religious extremism, Buddhists killing Muslims, a mass exodus, and David Scott Mathieson says things will only get worse in Myanmar.

Slate‘s Atlas Obscura looks at Ape Canyon in Washington state, the site of alleged sasquatch attacks in the 1920s.

Author David George Gordon sees the whole Bigfoot phenomenon as a chance to teach some actual science: “If I wrote a book about a citizen science project looking at snails, for example—which is actually a subject I’m interested in as well—I don’t think it would have the same immediate appeal.”

Philosopher Peter Singer is disinvited from a conference in Germany for his views on severely disabled infants. (This article is in German from the amazingly titled outlet Deutschlandfunk — and dig the crazy old picture of him they used!) Singer was recently a guest on Point of Inquiry.

Nick Wing and Julie Craven at HuffPo round up some depressing lurches toward theocracy throughout state governments. 

NYT covers the folks behind the bad-science monitoring website Retraction Watch.  

Quote of the Day:

An unfinished newspaper obit section:

Deaths are coming.

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