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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Point of Inquiry this week features James McGrath Morris, biographer of “the First Lady of the black press,” Ethel Payne. 69 threats have now come into 54 different Jewish Community Centers across the country, with the latest “wave” of threats occurrin […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Happy Presidents’ Day. Five years ago today, I wrote the very first edition of The Morning Heresy, but don’t bother looking for it, because it was an internal email for CFI staff so they could be kept up to date with the news. A little while later it […]
“Otto’s Cure for Throat & Lungs” was allegedly effective for diseases including whooping cough and consumption (tuberculosis). (There were many such bogus consumption cures.) A box for Otto’s Cure (exhibited on the Smithsonian website [“Otto’s Cure” 2017]) describes it as “Otto’s Cure, the German Remedy for Throat and Lung Diseases.” The rear of the box […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Trump, as you probably know, held a deeply bizarre press conference yesterday, in which he lied and lied and lied and lied. Like, not politician-lied. Like Hurricane Lie. “Unhinged” is one way to put it. Reporter Jake Turx of Orthodox Jewish publication […]
The Margery case is very well known in the skeptical community, and is important for a wide variety of reasons. The most important of those reasons are the people who were involved, and the fact that even believers in psychic phenomena indicated they thought there was fraud involved. Scientific American, in the early 1920s, offered a prize to any medium who […]
Let’s forget history for a moment, or at least as much history as is not absolutely necessary for understanding the present situation of Israel and the Palestinian people. Let’s also pretend for a moment that we are all rational, forward-looking beings, who are committed to universal human rights, including the right to a democratic government. Under these p […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Good news, everybody. According to Pew, Americans’ feelings about atheists and Muslims have moved “from cool to neutral.” I just this moment decided that From Cool to Neutral is my next album title. Make sure you have nothing dangerous in arm’s reach th […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Evenings at the White House must be nuts these days. Last evening, NYT broke the big story that Trump’s campaign aides (unnamed except for the known quantity, Paul Manafort) were in frequent contact with senior Russian intelligence agents during the ele […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. It’s Valentine’s Day, when we commemorate that time when Santa Claus chased all the snakes out of Agincourt. Enjoy the holiday, unless of course you live in Islamabad, in which case, you’re under arrest. While you’re eating your Valentine’s Day candy, a […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Know what? Today is my fifth anniversary as CFI’s chief communificationist. To celebrate, I will be surrounded by 2 feet of snow, trapped indoors with my children as I try to do my now five-year-old work. The Columbus Dispatch reports on the efforts to […]
A court in Frankfurt this week sentenced a 44-year-old woman to six years in prison for her role in an exorcism that led to the death of her 41-year-old South Korean cousin. The trial, according to this report, also involved four other South Korean nationals who were all related to the female victim, including her […]
Free Presbyterian minister Rev David McIlveen, above, is urging people in Northern Ireland to challenge a book on humanism that is being distributed to schools. According to this report, McIlveen, said: We know that humanism is basically anti-God and therefore anti-Christian. I think to advocate humanism can’t go unchallenged and I think it is important […] […]
Fears that a new Trojan Horse plot has been hatched to Islamise a school in Oldham surfaced after a primary school headteacher claimed she was receiving death threats from Muslim parents. According to this report, Clarksfield Primary School headteacher Trish O’Donnell, above, is said to have endured “harassment and intimidation” and “aggressive verbal abuse […]
I was born in Iran; I am a migrant, a refugee. But I am not the “authentic other” that xenophobes love to hate nor am I the “authentic Muslim” promoted by the Islamists. To me, they are two sides of the same coin. In this day and age, migrant or “Muslim” very often automatically equals […]
At a ceremony due to take place later this year, York Minster’s police force will be given full police powers. According to this report, although it is a private police force, the Minster’s eight-strong squad of officers has undergone specialist training and that, for the first time almost 80 years, will have the power to […]
Earlier this month, authorities in Rome sprang into action to cover up a series of posters that sprang up all over the city. The posters, according to Fox News, showed a scowling Pope above the words: Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, […]
Muslim voters in Stoke-on-Trent have been urged to vote Labour in an upcoming byelection in order to keep out Ukip’s Paul Nuttall, above, the party’s new leader. According to The Guardian, the Lib Dems alerted the police after messages sent to some Muslim voters in Stoke-on-Trent suggested they could go to hell if they failed […]
The Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth, above, has admitted a voting error that led him to reject a controversial report on sexuality. Yesterday the General Synod, the Church of England’s governing body, voted down a report from Bishops which had broadly rejected the case to relax the Church’s anti-LGBT policies after three years of “conversations” o […]
Back in 2014, bad behaviour by Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women on planes prompted a pair of American comedians – the Levinson Brothers – to create a spoof safety video about the problem (the picture above is a still from that video). Just how serious the problem has become was […]
Acting on complaints from residents, police in the city of Makassar on Sulawesi island, yesterday raided shops and seized condoms. According to this report, a police official said: These raids were done after we received reports from residents that the mini-marts were selling condoms in an unregulated way, especially on Valentine’s Day. Indonesia’s highest I […]