Ark Encounter official pens an op-ed claiming religious liberty is under attack

Still upset over losing their 18 million dollar tax incentive, Mark Looy, the COO of Answers in Genesis and The Ark Encounter recently submitted an “Op-Ed” to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Given that the piece is now only posted on the AiG website, I assume the piece was rejected, most likely because it is not an op-ed, but defense piece in which the organization still pretends it is allowed to break the law.It starts: In addition to refuting the myth that tax dollars will be used to buil … [Read more...]

Fewer than 10% of Americans are convinced Young Earth creationists, new study shows

Mike edits Jesus & Dawkins, a blog that looks at the intersection of Christianity, science, and atheism. We asked him to highlight the biggest insights from the recent National Study of Religion & Human Origins (NSRHO). The study, funded by The BioLogos Foundation and conducted by Calvin College sociology professor Jonathan P. Hill, has created waves. All citations from the NSRHO report are parenthetical in the text below.1. Many people are less certain about their view of human o … [Read more...]

Ken Ham threatens to defend his right to discriminate in court

Answers in Genesis has released a statement today in reaction to the State of Kentucky rejecting the organizations application for 18 million dollars in tax incentives.Ken Ham said in the statement, “We have been working on this project with Kentucky for more than two years, so this just-received denial announcement is as disappointing as it is costly for our ministry without the expected rebate.” Ham then claimed he would battle this issue in court if he must, “Our construction has alread … [Read more...]

The Nation absolutely destroys Reza Aslan


I am just going to leave this right here for your enjoyment: He’s a mainstream figure for those lacking critical thinking and represents mindless indulgence that seemingly validates biased views. His exceedingly hypocritical and contradictory narrative on religion is enough to make his scholarly attribute go from gold to copper—cheap and irrelevant. Ultimately—that is the result of anyone who cater to tribalism. What else do you expect when pride gets politicized? And you can read the entire po … [Read more...]

Teaching religion to children may not be easy, but it is necessary


I was raised in a Christian home and was taught very little about other religions. I also attended a Christian school for a number of years where I was taught a great deal of misinformation about other beliefs, most of which revolved around their rejection of Jesus Christ as the Lord, or that even that some Christians who didn’t understand the Bible correctly and wanted to lead me astray from my faith, guaranteeing me a place in hell.Had I not taken an interest in world religions later in l … [Read more...]

Sorry Ken Ham but the government is not allowed to endorse your beliefs

Ken Ham is mad again. Go figure.According to his blog a city playground in Delaware had put up a Noah's Ark themed display.Rightfully so, the local chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State was upset by this display and asked to have it removed. The group argued the display was a clear violation of the establishment clause, and the city agreed and removed the display.Later, the AU chapter posted to their Facebook: “Another AU victory in keeping government fro … [Read more...]

Creationist Ray Comfort compares Physicist Lawrence Krauss to Hitler

Photo: Ross David Balch

It seems creationists have a real problem with theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.Krauss who recently commented that religion could be eradicated in a generation has come under fire from many religious leaders, but nothing compares to the level of idiocy brought forth by Ray Comfort and Emeal Zwayne, hosts of The Comfort Zone, Comforts online religious talk show.Zwayne commented of Krauss' glee in eradicating religion, “Just the glee that he got from the thought of eradicating reli … [Read more...]

Author Matthew O’Neil reviews Parenting Without God


Author Matthew O'Neil has written a wonderful review of my book Parenting Without God that I am very exited to share. Below is an excerpt. Several months prior to the release of Parenting Without God, I was listening to a podcast feed while I was working.  In the podcast, directed specifically at atheists, I heard interviews with people of various professions and trades, all of whom had an atheist-positive message.  Although, I had just listened to a rather bad interview with a vegetarian woman … [Read more...]

Stephen Hawking finally comes out, yes he is an atheist


Stephen Hawking has finally made it official. Not that many people really doubted it, but there was a good number of Christian apologists who felt that his vagueness was possibly evidence that he was some sort of deist at the very least.Well the rumors and speculation can be put to rest. Stephen Hawking is an atheist: "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by 'we would know the … [Read more...]

Stop trying to replace religion and instead make humanism something more

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I was critical of the idea of “atheist churches” when The Sunday Assembly made its big announcement, and I remained critical until I visited one during their US tour that brought them to my hometown.While I did enjoy myself, I wrote in a review for that I felt it was a little to church like and I did not really enjoy the singing and music because I felt as though I was back in church. However, I acknowledged then and now that this was not enough of a reason to write off The Sun … [Read more...]