The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
The Washington Post correctly denounces the violent tactics of antifa groups.
Mr. Trump’s equation of white supremacists in Charlottesville with those who rallied against them was false and repugnant, but antifa activists’ deeds hardly promote the moral clarity necessary to isolate right-wing hate groups. Over time, such violence only benefits the very forces antifa purports to oppose.
(They end with calling them “Profa,” which is not nearly as clever as they probably thought it was.)
Rep. Greg Gianforte, who physically assaulted reporter Ben Jacobs, has not responded to Jacobs’ requests for an on-the-record interview, which Gianforte promised Jacobs after his public apology. Said Jacobs:
I forgave Congressman Gianforte for his unprovoked attack and his slanderous statement afterwards in hopes that this behavior was an aberration. Instead, I have become increasingly convinced that those actions were a display of his true character.
150 evangelical leaders sign on to a statement reiterating what everyone already knows: They don’t like gays. Signatories include usual suspects like Tony Perkins as well as alleged maverick Russell Moore. They call their little missive the “Nashville Statement,” which chaps the mayor of said city, Megan Barry, who said, “The [Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s] so-called ‘Nashville Statement’ is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.”
A 3700-year-old Babylonian tablet is believed by two mathematicians to be a trigonometric table, “3,000 years ahead of its time.” (A scholar of Mesopotamia, however, calls such a claim “tediously wrong.”)
Harriet Hall dissects yet another Dr. Oz-promoted fad diet, this one centered on grapefruits, saying, “If you want health advice you can trust, stay away from the land of Oz.”
So diet soda probably won’t cause dementia all by itself, but apparently it will ruin other parts of your life, maybe. Please stop doing this to me. I need solid answers on this stuff, because I have consumed a great deal of Coke Zero in the past few
Amanda Marcotte looks at a new study that shows that the key to getting more women into the sciences is not to just tell them to enter the field and then tough it out:
It’s counterintuitive, but the answer to getting more women into STEM might require putting less emphasis on the “women” part and more on the “STEM” part. Kugler suggested that governments and schools could start by working more to inform all students, regardless of gender, about the personal and professional benefits of careers in STEM.
Kimberly Winston wonders why all these conservative Christians who said Hurricane Sandy was God’s divine wrath against sinners seem to have nothing to say about God’s state of mind in regard to Hurricane Harvey.
David Roberts at Vox clears up many of the confused connections between Hurricane Harvey and climate change. In short, climate change didn’t “cause” the storm, but it sure as hell made it worse.
Hurricane Harvey, not content to simply lay waste to so much of Texas and Louisiana, decides to scar Houstonians psychologically with literal waves of fire ants. Millions and millions of fire ants.
CFI intern Andy Ngo has a piece in the American Spectator on scholar Elham Manea’s position that liberals hold “naive” views about Islamic face veils:
According to Manea, promoters of Islamic face coverings essentially teach Muslim women that in order to be pious, they “have to cease to exist as a human being on the outside
Ellen Duffer at Religion Dispatches looks at some of the theological worries and expectations for artificial intelligence, and how or whether it is “in the image of God.”
Steven Novella calls out Panera Bread for a marketing campaign it which is goes “full Food Babe,” by “implying that an ingredient is harmful because it is found in non-food items.” Panera Bread also happens to be my son’s favorite restaurant because god damn that boy loves bread.
Quote of the Day:
The City of Houston corrects some fake news:
WE WILL NOT ASK FOR IMMIGRATION STATUS OR PAPERS AT ANY SHELTER. No vamos a pedir documentos ni estatus migratorio en ningun albergue
Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI. Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is.
Original image by AP
Follow CFI on Twitter: @center4inquiry
Got a tip for the Heresy? Send it to press
News items that mention political candidates are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances are to be interpreted as statements of endorsement or opposition to any political candidate. CFI is a nonpartisan nonprofit.
The Morning Heresy: “I actually read it.” – Hemant Mehta