The Seeds of its Own Destruction

October 24, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

CFI founder Paul Kurtz gets full obituaries in both the New York Times and the Washington Post

Prometheus Books, run by Kurtz’s son, posts its official obituary. 

Herb Silverman pens his own memorial of Kurtz:

A true visionary, he gave meaning, substance, and a philosophical grounding to the importance of advancing ideas of reason and science over religion. He will be remembered as a significant, and perhaps the most significant, force in the second half of the 20th century in support of secular humanism and living a good life without religion.

CFI’s John Shook writes` of Kurtz: “His organization of a positive philosophical worldview to forever replace religion won’t be forgotten by the ages.” 

Meanwhile, Susan Gerbic is fighting a stream of heavy-yet-citationless edits to Kurtz’s Wikipedia page now pouring in after his death. 

The Christian Post covers the CFI lawsuit to allow for secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana, with verbiage from me:

“We believe that just because a person is nonreligious, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have the opportunity to be married by the officiant of their choice,” said Fidalgo. “The nonreligious, who often have secular celebrants they would prefer to have play that important role in their lives, deserve the same right.” 

Additional coverage at Raw Story

Not that you can tell, but “nones” make up a plurality of President Obama’s coalition. 

This being so, Sarah Posner explores the Democratic Party’s possible approaches to religion.  

Hemant’s heart is broken by the fact that Alexander Aan is forbidden substantive books in prison: “When you are freed, we’re sending a metric shitload of awesome books your way.”

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock: If you get raped and get pregnant, God intended it

Andrew Sullivan asserts a double standard in regard to the press’s obsession with any hint of controversy about the president’s religious past and worldview, and their unwillingness to equally scrutinize that of Mitt Romney. 

Tampa Bay Times focuses on the church-state separation issue (and the Council lawsuit) at the core of Florida’s Amendment 8.

Awesome pictures of the planets and whatnot. You’re welcome. 

Kentucky astronomer gets video of fluorescent-light-looking UFO

BBC: Secularism doesn’t mean what it used to in Turkey. 

Irregular Times accuses the Secular Coalition of being “namby-pamby” about their grade of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. 

Humans can sense the future! Maybe! Sort of! 

Russell Blackford does a long interview with Rational Hub, which I’ll get to when I have some free time. Ahem. 

NYT comes out against the Jesus-sign-weilding Texas cheerleaders. 

Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center in USA Today on same: “You can throw a Hail Mary at a public school football game, but you can’t actually hail Mary.”  

shootout with a German cult leader in the Dominican Republic reveals a stash of weapons to be used after a galactic superelectromagnetic wave hits the Earth. Yep.

Can you guess what I’m thinking? You’re right! Now use that amazing ESP to guess Ron’s costume at CSICon!  

Quote of the Day         

Shehrbano Taseer at Newsweek on the impact of Malala Yousafzai:

. . . terrorism bears within it the seeds of its own destruction. What schools with a good syllabus can offer is the timeless and universal appeal of critical thinking. This is what the Taliban are most afraid of. Critical thinking has the power to defuse terrorism; it is an internal liberation that jihadism simply cannot offer.  

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