The Religious Ritual That Takes Place Before Astronauts Head Into Space

Internet points to anyone who can explain what’s happening in this picture:

Apparently, it’s customary for astronauts to be “blessed” by a Russian Orthodox priest before heading to space. The Verge notes that this ritual has been taking place for years now:

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Ken Ham’s Publisher Offers $3,000 College Scholarship to Person Who Best Explains the Purpose of the Bill Nye Debate

Q: Why did Ken Ham debate Bill Nye last year?

A: Free publicity for the Creation Museum. Obviously.

I don’t think Ham’s publishers are going to give me a $3,000 college scholarship for that response, though. They’re looking for a much more substantial defense of a debate that never should have happened in the first place:

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Maine High School Adopts New Pledge of Allegiance Policy After Student Leaders Remind Everyone It’s Optional

For more than a month now, there’s been controversy at South Portland High School in Maine over how they announce the Pledge of Allegiance. Three student body leaders, while reading the morning announcements, were reminding their classmates that they didn’t have to participate by asking students to recite the Pledge “if you’d like to”:

At the time, the principal put a stop to it because, he said, it was going against protocol, but the students (with the principal’s support) went to the school board to request a revision to the policy.

As of today, their efforts appear to have been successful. They won’t get to say those magical four words, but a sort-of compromise was reached:

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Kevin Sorbo, the Atheist Professor in God’s Not Dead, Did a Reddit AMA… What Did We Learn From It?

In order to promote his latest project, Kevin Sorbo went on Reddit yesterday to do an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A session.

That’s the same Kevin Sorbo known for playing a straw man atheist professor in God’s Not Dead.

That guy went on Reddit. Take a wild guess how that played out…

I’ll save you the time and despair of reading through all of his answers, but here’s what we learned about Sorbo:

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Lawyer Defending Creationist Theme Park Wants to Draft a Bill Allowing for Religious Discrimination in Louisiana

We know that Creationist Ken Ham‘s Answers in Genesis is currently suing the state of Kentucky because he wrongly thinks his for-profit company can limit its hiring to Christians only. Earlier this year, he even posted a video that featured a lawyer defending his right to discriminate:

That lawyer is Mike Johnson, who also happens to serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

And that same Mike Johnson is working on a bill that, similar to its predecessors in Indiana and Arkansas, would allow people to deny service to LGBT individuals on the basis of “religious freedom”:

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