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A Jaunt around the Sun
December 31, 2012


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

I hope you enjoyed this last jaunt around the Sun. The neat thing is that there’s really no “start” to Earth’s orbit, so any day can be New Year’s Day. If you like, you can at any moment say, “This is the beginning of my new year.” You don’t have to go by the Gregorian calendar. 

Of course, if you don’t, you’ll be late for all kinds of stuff and miss appointments. But it’s your new year!

Anyway. 

1) NYT publishes a feature piece on how humanists are “absent” from times of great grief and crisis such as the Newtown atrocity. Read that.

2) Our own Tom Flynn responds in a blog post/letter to the editor, challenging assertions by the author and those quoted in the piece. Read that.

3) People comment on Tom’s post, Tom comments back, etc. Read those, too. Good stuff! 

Ill Communication
December 28, 2012


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The Morning Heretic is ill today. Not in the Beastie Boys sense, but in the infection-by-microbe sense. But because I am so devoted to you, the reader, that I dragged by aching, coughing, overdramatic carcass to my office and honored my commitment to rounding up a bunch of links that, let’s face it, you could have googled for yourself. Think nothing of it! 

Looking to protest the Church’s stance on gay marriage, many Dutch look to a website for help in being de-baptized

An Italian priest, Father Piero Corsi, blames women who are the victims of domestic abuse for bringing violence on themselves for neglecting housework and the like.    

Very Like a Higgs
December 27, 2012


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CFI’s boss Ron Lindsay and public policy director Michael De Dora are the guests on this week’s Point of Inquiry“Mr. Science Goes to Washington.” Who came up with that??

Point of Inquiry posts its top-ten science and reason books from the show’s 2012 guests. 

Ray “Banana Man” Comfort debates with CFI-LA director Jim Underdown on the subject of God, justice, and reasons for existing. Over coffee!

God Dropped the Ball
December 26, 2012


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Here’s a nice gift for the season for you: After a harrowing medical scare concerning his heart, Ed Brayton gets back up. Show him some love.

The Economist goes to Hell. And by that I mean they have a cover feature this week on The Bad Place:

Religion thrives on fear, as well as hope: without fear, bad behaviour has no sanction and clerical authority wins scant respect. 

We Are Becoming Billionaires of Energy
December 21, 2012


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So it’s the big day, and so far, no rogue planets have smashed into Earth, and everything is just as wonderful, just as crappy, just as inspiring, and just as discouraging as it ever was. Some folks are no doubt disappointed, some relieved, some bemused. But I’ll bet there’s some of you who saw the arrival of today and were just a tiny bit spooked that maybe, juuuust maybe, that crazy Mayan Apocalypse thing was true. I mean, not me, of course. 

Shutterstock’s Intelligent Design
December 20, 2012


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Yeah, yeah, Mayan Apocalypse tomorrow, we’re all gonna die, ha ha ha, let’s move on

Alber Saber gives an interview to the AP:

“Egypt is a religious state,” said Saber. “If you disobey the norms, you get judged and sentenced. I’m not a criminal, but I’m being judged and sentenced on my opinion.” 

Yes, yes, that President What’s-his-name is Time‘s Person of the Year, as it always is for a newly elected or reelected president. Like, every time. But two runners-up are notable for Heresy readers.

First runner-up, “Malala Yousafzai, the Fighter.” Second runner-up is the pope of my particular religion, Apple CEO Tim Cook (“the Technologist”), and, again for my heretics, the third runner-up is Higgs boson scientist, “Fabiola Gianotti, the Discoverer.”  

It is a Very Dark Creed We Preach
December 19, 2012


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I know he’s my boss, and this will seem all sycophantic, but Ron Lindsay nails it with his take on the appropriate atheist response to religious invocations during this post-Newtown grief process, and how religious folks should remember to keep their atheist neighbors in mind during the same.

Anti-Claus Tom Flynn still thinks Christmas should be a normal work day, but this Christmas he will not be at his desk. Why? His love for his wife and a good deal. 

200 Pills for Google
December 18, 2012


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Pew has another big survey, and this time they tell us that one in six human beings on Earth, 1.1 billion people, are “Nones.” Of course, 700 million of those are in China.

Alber Saber released on bail

Hey! Dude! What are you doing Friday?? Oh yeah? Well instead of that (lame), why don’t you head over to CFI’s headquarters in Amherst, NY (The Fortress of Skeptitude?) and take part in a Winter Solstice party and clothing drive

There is Nothing to Understand
December 17, 2012


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My blogger’s instinct this morning was to complain about the inconveniences of my weekend. Our move to a new house, the snow, the raging toddler, etc. But it was as we were boxing up the last bits of our old apartment that we read the news of the massacre at Newtown. Now, every time I have something I want to grouse about (and I feel very, very grousey), my mind flashes to the lost children and the devastated families, and how no matter how many things my 3-year-old breaks or how often he melts down, I’m so incredibly grateful that he and his baby sister are healthy and happy and here.

Anyway, welcome to the new work-week, everybody. I’m glad you’re here, and I’m glad you’re, you know, here

There is Nothing Anyone Can Do to Stop This
December 13, 2012


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Egyptian atheist blogger and activist Alber Saber was convicted yesterday in a Cairo court of blasphemy, and sentenced to three years in prison. 

Human Rights Watch’s Heba Morayef tells NYT:

The spike in prosecutions over the past year and a half was due to complaints being filed by Islamist lawyers on a decentralized basis, but the constitution does more than that, it makes it state policy. And the tragic thing is that I think there is nothing anyone can do to stop this from growing in the future. 

CFI touts the new IHEU report on the persecution of atheists around the world, to which we contributed significant research. Guess who’s on the cover of that report.