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Creationist manipulators back to their old tricks in Texas schools →

Now the veil is dropped. We already knew that creationists on the State Board of Education had nominated anti-evolution ideologues to sit on teams reviewing

Many of the reviews offer recitations of the same pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo anti-evolution activists — like the folks at the Discovery Institute in Seattle — have been promoting for decades. Never mind, of course, that each one of those arguments has been debunked by scientists (repeatedly). No, they are insisting that Texas dumb down the science education of millions of kids with such nonsense.

Even more astonishing is a demand that “creation science based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.” Some of the reviewers are clearly oblivious to the fact that teaching religious arguments in a science classroom is blatantly unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has made that abundantly clear.


As promised, here’s 19-year-old science education crusader Zack Kopplin, kicking all the asses, as expected, on Bill Maher last week. In particular, he smooshed that egg all over Stephen Moore puffy fucking face.

Phil Plait had a good piece about it too.


For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials. Kids can start with the Answers in Genesis curriculum, which features books such as Dinosaurs of Eden, written by Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. As the publisher’s description states, “This exciting book for the entire family uses the Bible as a ‘time machine’ to journey through the events of the past and future.”
It’s no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What’s less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.
(via Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution - The Atlantic)

Interesting piece. Even among Evangelical Christians, creationism is losing ground.

For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials. Kids can start with the Answers in Genesis curriculum, which features books such as Dinosaurs of Eden, written by Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. As the publisher’s description states, “This exciting book for the entire family uses the Bible as a ‘time machine’ to journey through the events of the past and future.”

It’s no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What’s less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.

(via Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution - The Atlantic)

Interesting piece. Even among Evangelical Christians, creationism is losing ground.

Source : The Atlantic

Fascist Christian not-real college challenges ACA in Supreme Court →

A few things about Liberty University, besides their obvious hatred of their own employees:

1) They have a library named after founder Jerry Falwell

2) They banned students from having a “college Democrats” club because “The Democratic Party platform is contrary to Christian doctrine” (actual quote)

3) They teach young earth creationism instead of actual science.

4) Their medical school is funded by tobacco companies

5) It’s churned out such ‘winners’ as Tony Perkins, Billy Graham IV, and confederate sympathizing, homophobic, anti-intellectual Chuck Baldwin

Catholic School: We Forfeit the State Championship because There’s a Girl on the Other Team →

Paige Sultzbach must be one hell of an athlete because she’s scaring away the competition.

Her school, Mesa Preparatory Academy in Arizona, doesn’t have a softball team, so she decided to try out for the boys’ baseball team. To no one’s surprise, she made it. They went undefeated all season (with a 9-0 record) and were excited to play for the Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, her team faced the aptly-named Our Lady of Sorrows Academy… a school that doesn’t think women ought to allowed to play a Man’s Game.

Sultzbach’s team won the state championship, but not in the way they would’ve liked to. Meanwhile, the athletes on the opposing team didn’t even get a chance to play in the game they had worked toward all season.

Haha, “Catholic education” is an oxymoron.

Source : christiantheatheist

Teen Girl Exorcism Squad: Three Arizona Girls Claim to Cast Out Demons - ABC News →

Brynne, Tess and Savannah from Phoenix are black belts in karate, expert horseback riders and avid musical theater fans. And they perform exorcisms.

"We’re just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God," Brynne said. "After seeing an actual exorcism in person, led by us, you will walk away with no doubt, whatsoever."

I’m just happy some clever headline writer treated this nonsense seriously enough to use it as an opportunity to reference Homestar Runner.


When I was a teenager there was no “It Gets Better” campaign. There was only this and I’m posting it now because I found it inspirational then and I find it true now.

Not only does it get better. You’re going to be big and important.


(via Texas Teacher Fired for Unwed Pregnancy Offered to Marry - ABC News)

A teacher and coach at a private Baptist school in Texas fired for an unwed pregnancy wants to set the record straight about who she is for those who question her fitness as a “Christian role model.”

"I’m not just some teacher that went out to a bar and go pregnant and went back to school saying it’s okay," Cathy Samford told ABCNews.com today. "I was in a committed relationship the whole time and probably would have been married if things had gone differently and this would be a non-situation."

Samford, 29, was in her third year as a volleyball coach at Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Tex., and her first year as a middle school science teacher when she discovered she was pregnant in the fall of 2011.

That famous Christian compassion!

Source : abcnews.go.com

A bill to allow Utah schools to drop sex education classes — and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception in those that keep the courses — moved significantly closer to becoming law Wednesday. The House passed HB363 by a 45-28 vote after a late-afternoon debate that centered largely on lawmakers’ differing definitions of morality.
"We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest," said bill sponsor Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden. "Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?” (via Utah House passes bill to allow schools to skip sex ed | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Mormons.

A bill to allow Utah schools to drop sex education classes — and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception in those that keep the courses — moved significantly closer to becoming law Wednesday. The House passed HB363 by a 45-28 vote after a late-afternoon debate that centered largely on lawmakers’ differing definitions of morality.

"We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest," said bill sponsor Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden. "Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?” (via Utah House passes bill to allow schools to skip sex ed | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Mormons.

Source : sltrib.com

Conviently the same

Conveniently?

non-atheist:

It’s curious that most atheists are happy to say science explains everything

No atheist nor anyone else has ever said that ever.

yet when the question raised falls outside of science they’re just as happy to frustratingly say it’s not science’s job to explain that!

Grammar tip: If you say “frustratingly” you’re the one that’s frustrated, which would be accurate in my view, but I’m guessing you meant “frustratedly” which makes “most atheists” the frustrated ones.

Science is a method by which we understand natural phenomena. While not all natural phenomena has been ‘explained’ by science, it’s through this method which we can attempt to explain any natural phenomena. Nobody says it’s “not science’s job” to explain something, but if there’s something that hasn’t yet been explained by science that doesn’t mean that your religious explanation is automatically correct. You’re myths and superstitions are not the default. It’s not “either explain it through science of believe it’s god!” That’s a false dichotomy. You are afraid to admit that you don’t know all the answers, but I am not. So when someone asks me, for example, how the universe began, I can talk about the most accepted scientific observations, but I don’t really know. If someone asks me if I know why the big bang happened, I have to say I don’t know. There are some theories, but my saying “I don’t know” doesn’t mean you can jump in and shout “a-ha! So it’s a magical god!” You’re the one uncomfortable with admitting you don’t know so you ‘frustratingly’ fall back on a fairy tale.

It’s convenient

Why can you spell it here, but not…eh, never mind.

to have a worldview that supposedly explains everything so long as it’s not forced to actually do so.

It’s constantly forced to do so, it just doesn’t lie, like your neighborhood pastor does, and tell you it’s got all the answers out of a book of bronze-age fairy tales! lol! Imagine what an uninteresting, unimpressive universe this would be if all it’s wonders were crammed into stories about lions and floods from a time when men lived in caves and life expectancy was in the mid-30’s!? What kind of shitty god would show his hand at a point in history like that?

Oh, and to say science can explain it but we just haven’t evolved enough to figure it out is just as conveniently justifying your belief by faith that what you hope to be true is in fact true.

No, you’re wrong. Leaving out your bizarre use of the word “evolved” (Did you go to high school?) Science is a method which has helped us understand every natural phenomena we do understand. All the stuff we don’t understand, we simply don’t understand. I don’t have faith that the answer is ‘science!’ See, that’s the difference between religion and science. Science is never the answer, science is the way to the answer. Religion offers itself up as the answer to everything. Got a problem? Confused about something? Want to answer the great mysteries of the world? Just plug in our one size fits all answer: God. To give in to that is an admission that you’re too lazy to really look in to anything. It’s attractive, I get it, to answer everything at once and put it away, but there must be that nagging feeling in the back of your mind somewhere that you haven’t really answered any questions better than pretending pixies make your garden grow or bunnies hide your easter eggs or gremlins broke your stereo.

Source : non-atheist