First measles death in 12 years hits US


The measles outbreak that hit the US in 2014 brought the disease back into the national spotlight, sparking the next wave of vaccination debates around the country. Over 140 people were infected in an outbreak that started at Disneyland in Southern California and was linked to a number of unvaccinated individuals passing the disease along as they traveled the country.Now, after 11 confirmed cases in Washington state this year alone, a woman has died of the disease. This is the first US death … [Read more...]

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


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...]

When a non-believer faces tragedy

Image: "Pretty Pink & Green Heart" by D. Sharon Pruitt, from Wikimedia Commons, December 7, 2009

I'm a medical anomaly, of sorts. Aside from being the most accident prone member of my family, breaking a wrist and getting sand lodged in my eye in one summer, I was also diagnosed with juvenile, type one, diabetes when I was seven. Needless to say, I was in and out of hospitals pretty regularly.So when I was ten and they had me get an x-ray of my chest, I didn't think much of it. At this point, I was used to new tests being done. I couldn't link the x-ray in any way with my diabetes, but I … [Read more...]

Louisiana is using Bibles in public school science classrooms


 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...]

Jim Bob Duggar may have covered up his son’s crimes to continue homeschooling

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If Josh Duggar had been charged for his crimes of sexually assaulting minors and labeled a sex offender, the Duggars would have had a whole new problem on their hands.Homeschool laws in Arkansas actually help protect children.Homeschooling laws in Arkansas, the state the Duggar family resides, would have forbidden the Duggars from homeschooling their children if Jim Bob or Michelle Duggar had reported their son Josh Duggar's crimes of sexual assault.The homeschool law, No. 1787 of … [Read more...]

Ken Ham says building his ark is more important than feeding the homeless

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A common question asked when the religious ask for massive sums of money for construction or personal projects is, “why not use that money for something better, like feeding the homeless?”Well, this is exactly what is being asked of Ken Ham, who is trying to raise 29.5 million dollars to build a life-size ark that he believes resembles the Noah’s Ark story from the Bible. "Nearly every time I post an update on the exciting Ark Encounter project, there seem to be those habitual complainers wh … [Read more...]

AD episode seven completely derails the biblical narrative

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AD is such a difficult series for me to follow anymore, let alone take seriously. Given how the producers had offered apologetics, rather than actual stories from the Bible, for the original Bible series from two years ago, it only makes sense that they would start showing episodes that they imagined themselves.Like in every post I have made on the show, the episode preys on the audience' uninformed ideas of history, politics, education, and government. It is apologetics disguised as … [Read more...]

Murderous Saul in AD

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Last night we finally got to meet Saul, the future apostle that "changed" his name to Paul. There is not a lot of commentary to add to the discussion about this post other than the episodes have now gone into complete fable-beyond-the-written-word mode. What I mean is that nothing, absolutely nothing, in this episode comes from the Bible.In concept, both Acts and the letters of Paul do admit He persecuted the followers of Jesus. But there are no detailed accounts of what that entailed. Paul … [Read more...]

Alabama bill to protect kids from learning ‘they came from a monkey’


Last month, Rep. Mack Butler of Alabama put forth a bill that would the science surrounding “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, and human cloning” to be subject to religious examination by Alabama public school teachers.The bill is much like one that is currently being used in Louisiana. These laws are an attempt to bypass a federal ban against the teaching of creationism in public schools by granting teachers permission to spark debate and plant seeds of doubt among stude … [Read more...]

Ken Ham says pastors who unite with secularists are ‘intolerant’


In a blog post today by Ken Ham over at Answers in Genesis called Intolerant Pastors Unite with Secularists Against Ark Encounter, Ham attacks the pastors who along with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have filed a motion to intervene in Answers in Genesis' lawsuit against the state of Kentucky.Ham writes: Now, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State is once again attacking AiG’s life-size Noah’s Ark project. It has lodged a motion with a federal court … [Read more...]