People doing charity better than the Vatican

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 I made a post a few days ago that appears to have gotten a few Catholics up in arms. So let me see if I can clarify...The article in question stated that, with the several billion dollars that the Vatican is worth, and with the influence it has, why does it perform minuscule tasks that barely do anything for the poor at large? Especially when that is what Jesus told people to do? Even the recent tour of the Sistine Chapel, with 150 homeless, is a rather odd thing.I was … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the leniency on sexual abuse

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Pope Francis; more of the same from the Catholic church.I wish there were another way to state this but, as my last article on him demonstrated, as I would imagine the posts from Dan Arel would show, Francis is the same Pope as any before.Though Francis has made several statements that appear to make him forward thinking, it remains clear that he is not all that progressive. Let alone espousing anything new. He either reiterates positions already held by the Church, or they make … [Read more...]

Usaid Siddiqui’s false claims of hypocrisy

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In an article from Al Jazeera, Usaid Siddiqui, a freelance writer for said publisher, called New Atheism's stance against Islam "hypocrisy".His position reads like many apologists for any faith: out of context quotes and positions that are understood only on the surface.First he cites the instance of a 69-year-old man who threw plaster grenades into a mosque in France after the Charlie Hebdo attack. He quotes the instigator as saying "I am a republican, an atheist, and what happened at … [Read more...]

A visit to the Creation Museum, Part 1: The incest problem

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The following is a guest post by Thomas EsselIt is a pretty well documented “fact” that Adam and Eve’s son Cain, as he grew up and started to get that tingly feeling “down there”, didn’t have many girls from which to choose a spouse. In fact, his choices were his sisters or his mom. Since mom was already taken, sister it was! This, of course, leads to the joke that we are all a product of incest. Gross – or is it?Not at all, says Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.I had … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis seems to be in some financial trouble


My friend Phil Ferguson has a really great post about Answers in Genesis on his blog Skeptic Money, and while he visits the Ark Encounter project and the now filed lawsuit, he uncovers something very interesting that he found over at PZ Myers blog.Answers in Genesis is spending more than they have and is almost certainly headed into a very bad financial disaster.A fellow reader of Myers' named Brian site made this great chart showing the finances of AiG.Ferguson noted that this c … [Read more...]

Ken Ham calls for ‘Darwin Was Wrong Day’


Our friend Ken Ham does not like the resolution introduced into Congress to name February 12 "Darwin Day" in the United States.Many cities, including my own in San Diego have historically recognized the day as Darwin Day and secular groups have held special readings and rallies in celebration of the amazing findings and work of Charles Darwin.But according to Creation Museum CEO Ken Ham, Secularists are becoming increasingly aggressive and intolerant in promoting their anti-God … [Read more...]

Ken Ham really did not like the Super Bowl

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There may be nothing more fun than to read Ken Ham retyping Katy Perry lyrics and imagining him having these songs stuck in his head for hours on end.Yet Ham claims Perry's Super Bowl half-time show showed us the real state of the nation, he first said of her lyrics, Katy Perry sang words like these last night: “Let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans . . . Sippin’ gin and juice . . . Getcha freak on.” And she sang some of “I Kissed a Girl” (her original hit song that says, “I ki … [Read more...]

Breaking: Bobby Jindal Unaware of History or Bible

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 Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, came out very recently to defend his choice to headline at an event for hate group American Family Association. This group has been labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) because, among other reasons (including holding anti-Muslim and openly racist positions), they hold an anti-LGBTQ position.Jindal, a Hindu-born-turned-Catholic conservative, said, at the end of his prayer service with AFA, "our god … [Read more...]

Why doesn’t Ken Ham understand religious liberty?

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What is religious liberty? Well if you really want to know, the worst person you could ask would be Ken Ham, but he is going to tell you anyway.Ham has posted a new blog titled, What’s Happening to America’s Free Exercise of Religion?In it, he claims that the right to freely exercise religious beliefs is under attack in the US, meaning he thinks his right to demand religious privilege is under attack.Ham writes, [...] We are seeing an increasing number of examples where the free exer … [Read more...]

MLK, Facts, and Values

To mark Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I thought it was important to note how the civil rights leader felt about the conflict between science and religion. In short, he felt that there was not one to speak of.In his book Strength to Love, King discusses how "Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values." King saw religion as more of a social/cultural feature; it was the ability to understand our fellow man and how to treat each other. And, while he felt they were two … [Read more...]