SCA’s Morning Read for 5/21/13
SCA in the News
Secular Coalition: Daily Caller editor sent ‘Here’s a Dick pic’ email to spokeswoman (Raw Story)
The Secular Coalition for America on Monday dubbed Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller “the most unethical news publication,” after receiving what it described as “discriminatory and unethical emails” from an employee. The emails in question were sent by Christopher Bedford, a conservative columnist at the publication who also serves as an editor.
Tucker Carlson’s Staff Member Sends Dickish E-Mails To Secular Organization (News Hounds)
Not only is Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, as described by Jon Stewart, a “dick;” but one of his Daily Caller employees seems to be a chip off the old block.
The Wise Old Goat in a Flock of Sheep (CFI’s Morning Heresy)
Wowie-wow-wow-WOW. The already-loathsome Daily Caller outdoes itself by harassing and insulting one of our own. Read about the saga of SCA’s Lauren Anderson Youngblood and the “Dick pic” email from Christopher Bedford. You rock on, Lauren. <communications directors’ secret high-five-handshake>
Atheist group says The Daily Caller is the ‘most unethical news publication’ (Daily Caller)
The Secular Coalition for America announced Monday that they had named The Daily Caller the as “most unethical news publication” after receiving what they described as “numerous discriminatory and unethical emails” from Christopher Bedford, an associate editor at the publication.
Press Release: SCA Names The Daily Caller “Most Unethical News Publication”
The Coalition decided to issue the award as a lighthearted way of drawing attention to media bias against nontheists. The issue of media bias impacts the nontheistic community, but it is one area that is often ignored in discussions of discrimination against nontheists. The Freethought Society keeps a list of instances of media-related discrimination against nontheists, including stereotyping by the media.
Supreme Court to hear case on prayer at government meetings (RNS and Scotus Blog)
The Supreme Court agreed Monday (May 20) to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — a practice that’s been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries.
Join the humanist response to the Oklahoma tornado
The Humanist Crisis Response program of Foundation Beyond Belief has opened a donation drive in response to the devastating tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and surrounding areas, flattening homes and two schools. Scores of severe injuries and deaths have been reported, and intense work is under way to find and rescue those trapped in the rubble.
Religion & Science
Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe (RNS)
Some of those rely on faith to help them through their grief. Others look to psychiatrists, who offer therapy or prescribe antidepressants to help ease their patients’ pain. On Saturday (May 18), in a move that could add to the tension between religion and science, the American Psychiatric Association changed a controversial diagnosis regarding how grief relates to mental health.
A distressing map of religious freedom around the world (Washington Post)
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has issued a report highlighting those it calls the worst violators of religious freedom in the world. Among them are many Asian and Middle Eastern governments, although some Western European countries are also included.