The Morning Heresy 5/9/12: You and the Bus
May 9, 2012


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She of the Heated Phone Interview, Greta Christina, talks to AHA’s Roy Speckhardt, who was part of the hiring committee that chose Edwina Rogers to head the SCA.  

Hearing Roy’s thinking on all of this reinforces for me what I noted in my reactions to Greta’s interview with Rogers herself, that the emphasis here is on raw realpolitik.

The Morning Heresy 5/8/12: Six Commandments, Fourteen-Foot Beaver
May 8, 2012


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Greta Christina posts her audio interview (mp3) with new SCA chief Edwina Rogers, as well as a transcript

Prime takeaway from my perspective: Rogers seems adamant that there is more of a pro-secular attitude within the GOP than almost anyone else believes, and leans heavily on the idea that there’s not sufficient research on the question (she says, “I don’t agree that the Republican Party is pro-life,” which is really hard to square, but she insists that there is supportive research). I have to wonder whether this is somewhat a moot issue, because it seems to me that the question that is plaguing movement atheists is whether Rogers is truly “one of us” given her history, and while not totally irrelevant, the secularity of the wider GOP is not necessarily central to answering that. In other words, her own record and coming work will be a far better barometer than that of the Republican Party as a whole. 

The Morning Heresy 5/7/12: Fruitloops Goonybat
May 7, 2012


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Welcome to the work-week, folks. I just bought a bicycle yesterday, and it’s the first time I’ve ridden one in almost 20 years, so as you can imagine, it’s a whole new world for me (the whole gear-shifting thing was explained to me, but I only pretended to understand it). Perhaps to avoid hurting myself too badly, I should have taken my new bike to Milton’s Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Massachusetts, where they were blessing bicyclists and motorcyclists with holy water from a bike helmet. It actually looked like it was kind of fun!

The Morning Heresy 5/4/12: Woonsocket in My Pocket
May 4, 2012


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The Secular Coalition for America’s announcement of Republican activist Edwina Rogers as their new executive director garners a plethora of reactions and coverage.
The Morning Heresy 5/3/12: Secular Coalition of Dubstep
May 3, 2012


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Happy National Day of Reason! In celebration, I will do some algebra problems. Kidding! I kid! 

Herb Silverman in WaPo on the big day:

Here’s one final difference between the National Day of Prayer and a National Day of Reason. Many secular groups plan to observe the National Day of Reason by advocating and performing community service projects or other good works.  

Oh, and there’s something going on with Herb’s organization, but I can’t remember what it is.

The Morning Heresy 5/2/12: Void on its Face
May 2, 2012


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The Romney campaign, pilloried by the religious right and its veto power over the GOP, is forced to let go of its openly-gay foreign policy spokesman who resigned yesterday 

Sarah Posner says the move is less about the advisor’s orientation on its own, and more about the right’s mistrust of Romney’s anti-gay bona fides 

Ed Brayton on CFI’s suit against the atheist-unfriendly Michigan country club that broke its contract with CFI-Michigan:

The fact is that if this was a Christian group that had this happen, no one would doubt that it was illegal. It is no less so here.

The Morning Heresy 5/1/12: Too Long, Didn’t Read
May 1, 2012


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Oakland Press reports on CFI suit against Wyndgate for religious discrimination breach of contract, includes sentiment from CFI’s Jeff Seaver and Steven Fox 

Kylie says the latest Point of Inquiry with M.G. Lord is even worth almost getting into a car accident to listen to (Note: please don’t get into a car accident) 

Full video of Jacoby vs. D’Souza from CFI-Michigan  

God Sounds Like Spock
April 30, 2012


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I’m a little late getting the Heresy out today, making the “Morning” part of it suspect, but that’s because we have a lot going on this morning. Specifically…

CFI is suing the Wyndgate Country Club in Michigan for breach of contract and religious discrimination in the cancellation of a Richard Dawkins event for CFI-Michigan.

Never Mention Rubber
April 27, 2012


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Must-Listen: NPR Intern blog interviews atheist Rep. Pete Stark, Dave Silverman and Herb Silverman — some cool takeaways:

  • Herb reminds us that at least 27 other US Members of Congress are secretly atheist
  • Herb: “We promised we would not out them. My goal is for people to out themselves.” 
  • Stark: “Reason is the antithesis of religion.” 

Chris Mooney responds at length to Ron Lindsay’s critiques of The Republican Brain 

Wake Me Up in 2038
April 26, 2012


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Council chief Tom Flynn reacts to the Mojave cross decision:

In case you were wondering, nonreligious Americans are still second class citizens. It’s time to put aside that Reason Rally euphoria and face the harsh, sad truth: men and women who live without religion are still systematically discriminated against at the highest level.  

Michael De Dora breaks down exactly what we mean when we talk about a “war on women” as he prepares to address a Unite Women rally in New York on April 28