Look at Our Magic Rock

August 5, 2015


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

Well, well, well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveils the little brown rock that Joseph Smith allegedly used to translate, magically, the text on the golden plates (now lost of course!) that became the Book of Mormon. With no HD display and I presume no GPS, I bet that thing gets crazy battery life. Does it come carrier unlocked?

More than 400 clergy sex abuse claims pour in against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A settlement of $21 million is reached with 330 of them.

Political scientist Juhem Navarro-Rivera recounts his experiences at last weekend’s CFI Leadership Conference, where he gave two excellent talks:

Overall, it was a great conference. The diverse faces in the crowd: young men and women reflective of America’s diverse population give me hope about the future of the movement. Of course, the conference was not possible without the hard work of the CFI crew.

Why just get married when you can get quantum-entangled? People will waste money on literally anything. 

BBC announces a new show about an “atheist preacher,” a survivor of Jonestown. 

Religious right activists are pushing the UN to disavow same-sex relationships. 

The Quilliam Foundation in the UK launches the #NotAnotherBrother campaign, aimed at stopping the radicalization of Muslim youth in Europe. 

Michael De Dora has a recap of CFI’s public policy work throughout July

A scientist looking to lessen the suffering of animals raised for food is facing resistance from the anti-GMO crowd. 

Sarah Pulliam Bailey explains why Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, both Catholics, feel compelled to submit to questions from the Southern Baptist Convention‘s Russell Moore. 

At said event, Jeb Bush bragged about defunding Planned Parenthood in Florida, and said, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” 

An elderly woman and her two adult sons are murdered in Florida (of course) as part of what is believed to be a “blue moon” witchcraft ritual

Iowa’s board of education will consider nixing overtly religious music for high school choirs, which would be tough because a lot of choir music is religious in nature.

Episode 3 of my podcast Thinkery is out, if you’re interested. We talk a lot about Superman. 

If you take this video of a lizard man in the forest seriously, I have a magic translating rock to sell you.

Quote of the Day:

A finalist of Google’s Science Fair is 15-year-old Anurudh Ganesan for the “Vaxxwagon”:

Taking into account the very serious limitations associated with current methodologies, I set out to design and develop a “No Ice, No Electric” vaccine transportation system which is unique and innovative. Based on intensive test results in the lab, I am now capable of successfully executing cold chain delivery in the last-leg (2-8°C) without compromising the integrity of the vaccines, ensuring intact and effective vaccinations to those urgently needing it now.


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