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We are the Cleveland Freethinkers- a large and growing group of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers from across northern Ohio and beyond.
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The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. A man plows an SUV into dozens of people in London, killing two, and stabs a police officer to death outside Parliament, before being shot himself. ISIS claims he’s one of theirs, but they always do that, and nothing has been confirmed. Here comes the f […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Facebook is going to meet with Pakistani officials to discuss the country’s request for the personal information of users Pakistan deem to have posted blasphemous content, and we asked Facebook to stick to its guns: Facebook should use its leverage to e […]
Secular humanism is emancipatory. My near-to-hand American Heritage Dictionary defines its root, emancipate, as follows: To free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate. Law. To release (a child) from the control of parents or a guardian. Like (I think) a majority of U.S. secular humanists, I grew up within a traditional religion. Like a smaller nu […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. I forgot to mention yesterday that the day before that was the 5-year anniversary of The Morning Heresy as a web-published thingy. Here’s the first one to appear on the web, and as you can see, the quality has not diminished one iota. Nor has it increas […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The State Department says the U.S. is boycotting the UN Human Rights Council debate on “agenda item seven,” which is about Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians. In India, a man named H. Farook is hacked to death by men with sickles for posti […]
In the new film Get Out, an adorably-dimpled young woman named Rose (Allison Williams) reassures her African-American photographer boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) that her family will like him when they meet him for the first time during their upcoming weekend visit. And sure enough they do when the finally arrive at her parents’ rural home; Rose’s father, […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The Trump budget. “Cuts” don’t do justice to what this would mean if it passed. Gutting science (specifically climate science), diplomacy, help for the poor, the arts, even local police. It’s like the plow coming for the Frisby home while Timothy is sic […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Yesterday, CFI’s Michael De Dora told the UN Human Rights Council that the U.S. is “regressing” in its role as a human rights defender, saying, “We have been disturbed by the recent rise in baseless, xenophobic rhetoric and actions by political leaders, […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The end of an era for our wider secular movement, as Rev. Barry Lynn announces his coming retirement from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I can hardly imagine him not being on the scene! He’s certainly earned a break after 25 years. […]
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has made its biggest recorded jump ever last year, now at 405 parts per million. Before the Industrial Revolution, the average was about 280. Chelsea Harvey reports: ... we’re now living in a permanently pos […]
Devout Muslims watching Touba TV in Senegal were shocked when the the religious channel broadcast 20 minutes of pornography on Monday afternoon. According to this report, Touba bosses said that it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur “X’’ for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programm […]
Yesterday, Associated Press, in reporting on the historic $4-million renovation of the Edicule, described it as ‘the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven’. This got right up the nose of Steven D Greydanus, a deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. Writing for The National Catholic Register, he accused AP of conflating Jesus’s […]
When news broke earlier this month that Nicolosi, above – known as ‘the father of gay reparative therapy’ – had died, LifeSiteNews ran a grossly inaccurate headline: ‘Joseph Nicolosi helped thousands coping with unwanted homosexual desires’. He most certainly did not. In fact, the devout Catholic quack, according to Christian writer Jonathan Merritt, wrecked […]
South Carolina State Representative Josiah Magnuson, above, has a bold new vision for America in which ‘Christ is placed in His rightful position as the authority over all of life, and His law of liberty is made our rule of conduct’. Magnuson, 25, and fellow S Carolina State Rep Jonathon Hill, 32, inset – both […]
Satirists have jumped at the opportunity to point and laugh at Pakistan’s plan to to launch a worldwide hunt to identify and punish ‘blasphemers’ who use Facebook and Twitter to insult Islam. Pakistan Today, for example, ran a piece entitled “Facebook to add ‘Kafir! Kafir!’ emoji reaction amidst clampdown on blasphemous content.” In a major […] […]
The Irwin Prize of £5000 for Secularist of the Year 2017 was awarded in London yesterday by the National Secular Society to Yasmin Rehman, the secular campaigner for women’s rights. Rehman has spent much of the past two years to get the Government to recognise the dangers faced by ex-Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims from Islamic […]
In what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind, Pennsylvania pastor Rowland Foster, above left, has been charged in connection with the death his own granddaughter who died from medical neglect. According to this report, Foster is pastor for the fundamentalist Faith Tabernacle Congregation which insists that adherents place their trust in […]
Australian Bishop Greg Thompson, above, who has been diligently working to expose ‘horrendous’ child abuse in the Anglican Church, resigned yesterday because of the pressure imposed on him for standing up for abuse victims. The Newcastle bishop, himself an abuse victim, said: When I started this journey to right the wrongs of child abuse in […]
Oklahoma police have recommended three prostitution charges against a ‘crazy/stupid’ Christian conservative and Republican State Senator Ralph Shortey, 35, above, who was found with an underage male prostitute in his motel room. According to this report, Shortey, a member of Donald Trump’s leadership team in Oklahoma, will be charged with soliciting prostitu […]
The Walt Disney Company has indefinitely pulled Beauty and the Beast from theaters in Malaysia rather than remove scenes involving a gay character to placate local authorities and religious leaders. Disney said in an emailed statement: The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia. Golden Screen Cinemas, Malaysia’s largest theater chain, said […] […]