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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Senator Ted Cruz tells voters there is a ‘war on faith’

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 Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator, Ted Cruz told a crowd in Iowa last week that people of faith are under attack.Playing on the fear of conservative voters, Cruz declared that, "There is a war on faith in America today."He said that in the last election, nearly 54 million evangelical voters did not turn out."I'm here to tell you, we will stay home no longer," he said.The narrative being driven by the Republican Party today is one that claims that … [Read more...]

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The loathsomeness of using faith to marginalize the actions of Josh Duggar

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(Edit: thanks to a precise comment below, the words "young women" re: Josh Duggar's sexual assaults have been changed to "children".) In a recent story on the Seasons of Grace Patheos blog, Kathy Schiffer begins with the absolutely extraordinary headline:Schiffer makes the remarkably flimsy plea in her piece to avoid judgement and condemnation for Duggar's actions, reminding us that Jesus may yet write our own sins in the sand. She says:I’ve been pretty fed-up lately with Internet agi … [Read more...]

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Islamic apologist Reza Aslan lied about his academic credentials

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Well-known Islamic apologist Reza Aslan, who can be seen on MSNBC, CNN and other mainstream media networks blaming atheists for violence against Muslims and claiming that religion has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism, happens to be a giant fraud.Aslan regularly bills himself as a professor of religion and claims to have a Ph.D. in history and Western religions. This could not be further from the truth.In an expose on the apologist published by FrontPage Magazine: In actuality, Reza … [Read more...]

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Judge orders man to write Bible verses or face jail time, Americans United steps in

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You may have read the story this week about Josten Bundy, a Texas man who punched his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and was then handed down a sentence by Randall Rogers, a Smith County judge.The sentence Bundy received required him to marry his girlfriend, get counseling and to write down Bible verses.Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Judge Rogers today explaining to him just how that sentence is not only incredibly illegal but that it also does nothing to … [Read more...]

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Camille Paglia calls Richard Dawkins ‘adolescent’ while praising Donald Trump

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When reading an article that maligns atheists, you can almost be assured it is under the Salon.com banner and is based on strawmen and intellectual dishonesty.Well, this could not be more true for their new interview with Camille Paglia, a pseudo-leftist "social critic" who sounds more like a female version of Donald Trump. Throughout the interview, Paglia seems to fail in proving she is the academic she markets herself as. Even worse, she seems to think she is of any cultural relevance. For … [Read more...]

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Missouri Sheriff Uses Public Funds and Social Media To Peddle Christianity

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I have a riddle for you. What has bible quotes on its website, pictures of angels on its Facebook, and continuously thanks the good Lord above?If you answered a Christian ministry, you are wrong; the answer is the Stone County Missouri Sheriff's Office!The Stone County Sheriff recently jumped on the In God We Trust bandwagon, placing the phrase on their patrol vehicles. Sheriff Doug Rader is a proud warrior for Jesus, so he posted photos of the new patrol car decals on the department's … [Read more...]

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Would the historical Jesus approve of marriage equality?

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Since the Supreme Court voted to legalize marriage equality in the U.S., on June 26th, there has been numerous religious articles and opinions circulating in the media. Among them are writings on whether Jesus of Nazareth would approve of the decision, and even whether Jesus, himself, was a gay man.In a Huffington Post interview, several individuals, among them Reza Aslan, a Catholic University of America PhD student Brantly Millegan, and evangelical pastor Mark Tidd, weighed in on the topic … [Read more...]

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Pentagon potentially lifting ban on transgender military personnel

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that the Pentagon would studyreadiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly.This was made public through an article on CNN, among other news sites.From the article: At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they're able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham blames homosexuals for 9/11 and calls same-sex marriage ‘tragic for children’

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Creationist Ken Ham knows what caused 9/11 and it apparently has little to do with Islamic extremism, American imperialism or religion.It's the gays.In an interview with WND TV, Ham says: You know, that 9/11 event was certainly a dramatic event in the history of America, and it certainly challenged a lot of people. And it reminds people, too, that this is a sin/cursed universe. And, you know, the Bible tells us death is the penalty for sin… there’s evil in the world because of our sin an … [Read more...]

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