The Man Who Has Stolen the Straw

August 9, 2013

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

The Obama administration disappoints us beyond all measure, filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in favor of prayer at legislative sessions. 

FFRF says it will not take action against the Star of David at the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust memorial.  

41 people in Turkey reportedly charged with “blasphemy on the religious values of a society fraction” for posts to a social network. 

There are a heck-ton of great videos from the latest Women in Secularism conference, with two new panels just posted

Vlad Chituc has his love of the skepto-atheosphere restored at the CFI Student Leadership Conference. Likewise, Aaron Underwood of MU SASHA writes:

CFI hosted us students as a community and I walked away from the conference feeling like I just became part of another family. A larger family and perhaps a global family.  

National Science Foundation folds on trying for funding of political science research, likely because of Congress’s persnicketiness. 

Brett T. Robinson at Wired on how Steve Jobs (peace be upon him) turned Apple into a religion.  

Kat McGowan: “We really are a mutant race.” Humans probably have 100 billion mutations with each generation, and one scientist says that 80% of them are harmful

Happily, Kentucky’s board of education looks to not be bowing to the cries of creationists and science deniers. 

Not all humans refer to our galaxy as The Milky Way. My favorite is the Armenian hard goghi chanaparh, “The man who has stolen the straw.” 

Robert Blaskiewicz at says “conspiracy theory” is not a term made up by the CIA, which, I think, is itself a conspiracy theory. Oh snap! 

Priest at the scene of an accident is believed by some to be an angel

TechHive posts a listicle of apps to help you get your science on

Here’s how you teach science: With rap battles

Einstein probably never said that the “cosmological constant” was his “biggest blunder.” 

Everyone’s mad at Dawkins again.   

Jerry Sandusky finds God. Try not to throw up. 

Quote of the Day

HalifaxNewsNet, whatever that is, distinguishes between CSIs: The Crime Severity Index, the show Crime Scene Investigation, and . . .

. . . the more obscure Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Gee, thanks. 
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