The Morning Heresy 9/5/12: What’s with the Bald Knob?
September 5, 2012


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CNN’s Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, talking about how faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention, highlight the party’s godless faction:

Atheists want Democrats to show them a little love. Ever since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the Democrats have worked to remake the party’s secular image, elevating progressive religious voices and talking about issues as “values.” At the same time, America’s atheists – who skew mostly Democratic – have grown more outspoken about wanting the government to represent their values. . . . look for proudly secular Dems to push back against the party’s piety this week. 

The Morning Heresy 9/4/12: 1000 Years of Darkness
September 4, 2012


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The “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon is “dead.” (Can a god really die?) Watch the Washington Times carefully over the next few months to see if sanity now creeps in. 

The new messiah, Chuck Norris, says that an Obama victory will mean 1000 years of darkness.

Marco Rubio Has Found You Wanting
August 31, 2012


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Invisible men were the theme of the Republican National Convention last night.

Most people will remember Clint Eastwood’s invisible President Obama and, well, whatever the hell that was that happened there.

But more importantly for us, Florida senator Marco Rubio values another invisible man. Rubio has judged, and found a particular segment of us wanting in our Americanness.

Swedish Space Ghost
August 30, 2012


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I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, “Master of the Noosphere,” about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups’ ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

Bibles Left Unthumped
August 29, 2012


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Did you watch any of the GOP convention last night? I sure did. I have thoughts about it, of course, but one thing relevant to this blog is how little I heard from the theocratic wing of the party. Very little, at least from the main speakers, about God or Jesus or what have you. Indeed, I only heard Mormonism mentioned once, by Ann Romney about her courtship with Mitt. Even Santorum was light on the fire and brimstone (but, shall we say, heavy-handed). Mike Huckabee comes on tonight, so, we may see some Bibles thumped yet. 

Adam Curry Breaks My Heart
August 28, 2012


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Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Athiesm+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing.

The Impossible Wrongness
August 27, 2012


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After a week or so of all-Atheism+-all-the-time, CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes a step back and a deep breath, giving a careful, reasoned look at this burgeoning idea.

Check out HuffPost Live today at 1pm EST to see Ron join the panel to talk about doing good without God in everyday life.  

Is Moby a CFI fan? Kinda looks that way

Steve Jobs the Half-Yak
August 24, 2012


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Cardinal Dolan will be delivering the concluding benediction at next week’s Republican National Convention (a convention I fully intend to be live-tweeting with glee and horror). This prompts Sarah Posner to say, “the [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] has unequivocally attached itself at the hip to the Republican Party.” (Or, as Balloon Juice’s John Cole puts it, “The Separation of Church and State. Oh, F*** It.”)

The Atlantic profiles Dr. Harvey Karp, the media-star pediatrician (whose videos and books my wife and I have been learning from) — why do I link it here? Dig it, and sigh heavily:

Readers’ early complaints about The Happiest Toddler . . . concerned its purported assault on creationism. “His references to monkeys/­apes and the human race [are] not for this Christian family,” wrote one BarnesandNoble.com reviewer. Karp caved. The “charming chimp-child” and “knee-high Neander­thal” have been purged from later editions of the book, as have all references to Homo habilis, the “missing link,” and, in short, the entire Karpian ontological toddler schema.

Lonely Rick Warren
August 23, 2012


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James Croft gives what I think is a refreshing review of what the heck it is we mean by “humanism,” and being reminded, I like it very much indeed. 

At Friendly Atheist, I review the candidates’ paeans to faithiness in Cathedral Age, which I compare to the 2008 ring-kissing of Rick Warren by Obama and McCain.

Coincidentally! Obama and Romney this time around have declined to take part in a Rick Warren ego-inflation event, and Warren is pretending that he was the one who called it off because he’s so disappointed with the tone of the campaign. Oh, Rick. Rick, Rick, Rick. 

$2000 Curse Insurance
August 22, 2012


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Michael De Dora has good news about the outcome of a meeting between the State Department and representatives of the secular movement regarding the freedom to doubt. 

The latest Point of Inquiry podcast features Arie Kruglanski talking about closed-mindedness, but I know I’m totally not interested, and there’s nothing you could say to make me change my mind.