Should the government ban invocations and religious displays on public land?

Public squares, capitol rotundas, and city council chambers belong to everyone. If anywhere should represent the views of the community, it is in those places. [Read more…]

Why the fight over ‘In God We Trust’ is unwinnable

Several stories have been circulating around Patheos and other sites about various Sheriff Departments putting In God We Trust on their vehicles, posting religious imagery on their websites, and putting bible verses on their patrol vehicles. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent cease and desist letters to many of these departments and the U.S Department of Justice is investigating the Stone County (MO) Sheriff’s Office for misuse of grant funds. [Read more…]

Would the historical Jesus approve of marriage equality?

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. [Read more…]

Ark Encounter officials say they don’t need taxpayer money but demand it anyway

Anyone following the Ark Encounter saga in Kentucky has seen that Answers in Genesis (AiG), the parks parent company has been moving forward with the construction of the park even after losing an $18 million tax incentive late last year. [Read more…]

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Ark Encounter tax benefits

Kentucky’s Courier-Journal posted questions and answers with Kentucky’s candidates for governor which will take place on November 3, 2015 to replace outbound Democrat Steve Beshear who is not eligible to run for re-election. [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. [Read more…]

A.D. the Series is a mishmash of nonsense

I started watching the series A.D. the other night as I was falling asleep. I only caught about fifteen minutes of it, which was enough for me to take to Twitter and voice some complaints. And, upon the suggestion of my friend Dan Arel, I decided to add some more in-depth commentary on the series.

About two minutes after the part I fell asleep to, I started to regret that decision. [Read more…]

The Ark Encounter is hiring again and still discriminating against applicants

Some lessons are never learned.

After losing $18,000,000 in tax rebates because of discriminatory hiring practices (and then deleting the said job opening which led to the loss) the Ark Encounter is once again hiring a CAD designer. [Read more…]

Americans United files motion to intervene in the Ark Encounter Lawsuit

Last night, coupled with four Kentucky taxpayers, two of which are ordained ministers, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a motion to intervene as well as a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis against the state of Kentucky for the denial of an 18 million dollar tax incentive. [Read more…]

Kentucky Governor asks to have Ark Encounter suit dismissed

Gov. Beshear has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis’s Noah’s Ark theme park, The Ark Encounter over the state’s rejection of tax incentives the park requested. [Read more…]