August 12, 2016

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

The Center for Inquiry thinks the idea that the U.S. would start banning particular religions from the country is a crap idea. There’s a new bill that seeks to put the breaks on this bananapants idea, the 2016 Freedom of Religion Act, and we want you to tell your congressmonster to support it

The entirety of this week’s New York Times Magazine is one big story: How the Arab world has shattered since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.  

The Secular Student Alliance announces that August Brunsman is transitioning out of his job as its executive director, and yesterday was also Sarah Jones’ last day at Americans United. I salute you both! Good luck on your coming endeavors.

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces upholds a lower court ruling saying that a Marine did not have her religious freedom violated when she was ordered to take down biblical signs.

Prepare to widen your eyes in disbelief, blinking only periodically to keep your eyeballs from drying out, as you read about the people who really actually for-serious believe that the Earth is flat

There’s some groovy Reason Rally memorabilia to be had at eBay: A signed and framed photo of the speakers, and one with members of Wu-Tang.

Kimberly Winston explores the effect religious belief has on Olympic athletes:

For some, it is the feeling of not being alone on the field of competition. For others, it is a sense that the outcome — whatever it is — is for the best. And once in a while, someone says God “wants” them to win. 

Tim Kaine lays the religion on thick, which I guess is a big reason he’s on the ticket. 

Betsy Davis, a California woman suffering from ALS, held a big goodbye party, and under California’s new right-to-die law, ended her life. “Just one rule: No crying in front of her.”

Bangladesh arrests five people said to be planning a suicide attack in Dhaka. There’s also a report on social media, not confirmed, that a high court judge was arrested in his home and taken away for no stated reason.

These sharks live to 400. I can’t even deal with that. That’s like Yoda-old.

“Hail Satan.” Delivered at the end of a Satanic invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Big hit, big hit. 

Quote of the Day

Fun facts for which one reads The New Yorker:

When you eat a dried fig, you’re probably chewing fig-wasp mummies, too. 

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