5 things I learned by attending Ken Ham’s Answers Conference

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Like a creationist rock star, Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham is out on tour spewing his usual nonsense. Luckily for me, the Answers Conference stopped over in my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Even luckier for me, admission was free, so I went. I even got to meet Ken Ham. Really.I’m not going to write some long diatribe about all the falsehoods spilling out of Ken Ham's mouth. It’s simply too easy and, frankly, somewhat boring to tread over that well-trod ground. Like my friend Chris told m … [Read more...]

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A creationist is suing Richard Dawkins for $58 million claiming he was called stupid

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In what might be one of the strangest lawsuits of the year, author and creationist Karl L. Dahlstrom, is suing evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins for $58 million in damages claiming that in 1989 Dawkins called him "stupid" for not believing in evolution.As reported by Friendly Atheist, the source of the complaint comes from a 1989 book review Dawkins wrote for the New York Times in which he said that “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to beli … [Read more...]

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Studies suggest young people dislike ‘anti-science’ Christianity, so Ken Ham blames Churches

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Young people seem to be leaving the church in fairly large numbers. This trend was first noticed in a 2011 Barna Group study that was published in the book You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking, by Barna president David Kinnaman.In the study, Kinnaman found that: One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are … [Read more...]

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Creationist Kent Hovind believes he was targeted and imprisoned for his ‘biblical teachings’

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In his first interview since being released from prison this week, Dr. Dino himself, Kent Hovind tells the right-wing conspiracy site, Sons of Liberty that, while he cannot prove it, his arrest and prosecution has “had all the fingerprints” of him being targeted by the IRS for his biblical teaching.“There was no crime ever on my part,” he said, comparing himself to men of the Bible who were imprisoned wrongfully such as Joseph, Daniel, the Prophets, John the Baptist and the apostle Paul. … [Read more...]

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Felon creationist Kent Hovind is released from prison and Jim Bob Duggar was his welcome wagon

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Kent Hovind, the creationist who was serving prison time for a 2006 tax fraud conviction was released from prison Wednesday morning and will spend the next month under house arrest and then three years of probation.Kent's son Eric met him at the prison gates along with none other than Jim Bob Duggar, father of sexual predator Josh Duggar, whom which Jim Bob went to great lengths to protect from prosecution for molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter.They say you are the … [Read more...]

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Lawyers begin arguing the Ark Encounter tax incentive case in federal court

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Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the federal court case brought against the State of Kentucky by Answers in Genesis over the 18 million dollar tax incentive that the state revoked late last year.Tourism officials "took this reflexive, kind of allergic reaction to religion" when it rejected the ark project's participation in the tax incentive program in December, said Louisiana State Representative Mike Johnson, who is also the lawyer for Answers in Genesis. The incentive program … [Read more...]

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The Ark Encounter hosted a media day and let reporters walk on concrete platforms

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Today was media day at the Ark Encounter.Ken Ham invited media to the construction site today (my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail) to have a "a unique opportunity to walk on top of the concrete measures platform, which will support the timber structure."That must have been riveting.At the event, Ham also filmed a short video for the park's social media platforms in which Ham declared the park would be one of "the biggest Christian attraction in the world" and compared it … [Read more...]

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Rachel Dolezal tells NBC she is ‘black’ but has a degree of ‘white privilege’

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Rachel Dolezal is on a media tour today, hitting every major outlet to defend herself against the accusations that she lied about who she is. Dolezal has spent the last 10 years telling people she is black while she was in fact born white. She claims she "identifies" as black, but rejects the term African-American but argues she is definitely "not white."She told NBC: “Right. Well, I definitely am not white,” Dolezal said in response. “Nothing about being white describes who I am. So, you kn … [Read more...]

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For only $20 you can visit the Ark Encounter construction site and view concrete pillars

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If there was ever any evidence needed to prove that the Ark Encounter does not have enough money to complete their project, this is it.The park has announced that this summer, for only $20 per vehicle, or only $10 for those gullible enough to be Answers in Genesis members, visitors can visit the Ark Encounter construction site and view the concrete pillars it has taken more than five years to install.This is the family vacation you have been waiting for!Ken Ham tells readers of the … [Read more...]

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Louisiana is using Bibles in public school science classrooms

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 Recently I posted about Louisiana and other states using taxpayer dollars to teach creationism.Well, as it turns out, it's getting even worse.Activist Zack Kopplin wrote in Slate this week after he obtained school emails via public records request from the Bossier Parish school district. What Kopplin found is that the school district is using the science classroom as a place to preach religious fundamentalism.One example Kopplin uses comes from Shawna Creamer, a science … [Read more...]

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