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Didn’t See That Coming

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 23, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

You know, things are so crazy lately around the world, that everything going off the rails has become the new normal. I mean, look at the Senate's health care bill! It's just one space alien short of To Serve Man! (Except of course women are among its prime victims.) I feel like there must be some newer, more novel catastrophe that needs to occur to really shake us out of our stupor...

...what's that? ... What if an important, populous country, with a rich history that spans the cultures of east and west, decided to stop teaching evolution to all of its students? Well, yes, that'd certainly qualify as a novel and really tragic catastrophe. ... Hmmm? ... oh I see. You're saying this has in fact happened... 

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Broom Balancing on the Equinox

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
June 22, 2017

We are just past the 2017 summer solstice and amid the celebrations, pagan rituals, and Stonehenge treks, there were many who performed a trick seemingly unique to that day. 

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Blame the Peanut Butter Sandwich

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 22, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Good morning. Here's some Grade-A crap from the top court of the EU:

The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof.

Paul Offit says:

Using [the court's] criteria, you could reasonably make the case that someone should be compensated for developing leukemia after eating a peanut butter sandwich. 

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Eggs and Lusty Thoughts

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 21, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Here is a mild example of what happens when religious service providers, like child care facilities, aren't subject to the same rules as everyone else. A 4-year-old girl at the Zion Lutheran Learning Center was hog-tied by her caretakers. Sarah Fenske at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis reports:

The little girl had been running around when she was supposed to be napping, and so Mr. Josh had bound her legs together with duct tape. She would be untied, another teacher told her, once she behaved. 

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