I’m Gonna Have to Scare the Pope

August 20, 2015


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

The Patheos blog network hosts a Public Square discussion on humanism, and features a piece by our boss Ron Lindsay, looking at the rise of “nones” as not an atheistic phenomenon, but a boon for inquiry:

[These surveys] indicate Americans are increasingly rejecting religious dogma, and with it the notion that there is a particular, rigid creed they need to abide by. 

It’s just so perfect. I mean, come on, it’s just…I don’t know. Of course this happened: Josh Duggar — Christian fundamentalist, religious right hero and confessed child molester — was a paid subscriber to Ashley Madison, the cheat-on-your-spouse online service…twice over! Of course he was! Of course he was.

Guys. Hold on to your apple pies. There’s going to be a Carl Sagan biopic. I really, really want to play Carl. 

In Skeptical Briefs, Felipe Nogueira knocks out some myths about nutrition, such as “detoxes” and gluten-free benefits. 

Uh, did you know that two people and a bunch of squirrels have been infected with the plague in California? Not a plague, but the plague? What the hell is happening? Is this Jenny McCarthy’s fault? 

Kimberly Winston looks at the hubbub over Arian Foster’s outing himself as an atheist, and whether such a hubbub is warranted. 

Trump wants to tell the pope, “ISIS wants to get you. … I’m gonna have to scare the pope.” And then something-something Dodd-Frank.

Michael Specter at The New Yorker makes what ought to be an obvious case that injuring Planned Parenthood will only lead to a rise in abortions: “This is not only madness but expensive madness.” 

Idiots “patrol” the infamous “Muslim-free” gun shop in Oklahoma in order to, I dunno, protect it from jihad, and one of them shoots himself in the arm.

Why does Creflo Dollar need a $65-million jet? Creflo works in mysterious ways:

What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know. They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the Word. They will never know, never never know.

New Jersey priest Rev. Manuel Gallo Espinoza admits to the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy (he’s not using the word “abuse” but I am), but blames the kid because, you see, “He had something evil in his mind.” You see, the child, who was sexually abused by a priest, is the evil one.  

Here’s a good reason to colonize Mars ASAP: Turns out Earth has skydiving spiders. NO THANKS. 

Quote of the Day:

Garrett Epps at The Atlantic on why clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples should definitely resign, recalling a Marine he knew in Officer Candidate School who suffered a crisis on conscience:

Here’s what didn’t happen: Nobody suggested that dropping him from OCS was a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of “the free exercise” of religion. He did not say, “I think that in recognition of my sincere religious opposition to war, you should let me stay in the Corps and get my pilot’s wings. I will do the job, except for one thing: I won’t drop bombs or shoot guns.” 


Government in particular has an obligation to dismiss any employee who claims a right to discriminate against citizens.      

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