EOTUS: Exorcist of the United States

June 25, 2015


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

The California Assembly is voting TODAY on nixing belief-exemptions for vaccinations. If you’re a resident of that enormous state, contact your representative now.

Our pals at Centre for Inquiry Canada (which operates independently from us) get a seat on Canada’s Office of Religious Freedoms advisory committee. Nice.

Bobby Jindal is officially in the 2016 presidential race! Stop laughing. Oh, fine, go ahead. He’s going to give Pataki a run for his money!! If it doesn’t work out for him, he can go back to exorcisms. Heck he could do them in the Oval Office! He’d be the EOTUS!

Big props to Bloomberg Businessweek for this clear-as-day look at what is actually causing global warming. (Why yes, it’s us!) 

Sarah Palin, meanwhile, is out at Fox News. I suspect she’ll be fine.

Sarah Posner looks at the decidedly Christian angle to reverence of the Confederacy, states’ rights, and modern-day white supremacy groups. 

Perspective from NYT:

Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims. 

Patrick O’Connor at The Conversation says humanism is “ineffectual when it comes to offering a galvanising purpose, or inspiring a meaningful sense of belonging.” Maybe for him. 

It’s 2015, and we still have to have someone explain that Paul McCartney is not dead. I mean he will be one day, he’s no spring chicken or anything.

Eddie Van Halen says never mind forty years of heavy smoking. His tongue and esophageal cancer was caused by electromagnetic waves in the recording studio.

Quote of the Day:

This is amazing and hilarious. Jennifer Latson at Time explains why a misunderstanding of a 1947 quote lead to the idea of “flying saucers” – an idea that never went away:

It was when the pilot, Kenneth Arnold, tried to describe the motion of the objects to a reporter for the United Press that the mix-up occurred. He said they flew “like a saucer if you skip it across the water.” The reporter took this to mean that the objects themselves were saucer-like, and news reports across the country repeated that Arnold had seen “flying saucers.” Suddenly everyone was seeing what Arnold had seen, except that he hadn’t.

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