Last month, I put out a call for people who might help me track legislation that threatens to erode the wall between church and state, whether it’s making the Bible the official State Book or altering science curriculums so that public schools teach Creationism alongside evolution. I received an incredible number of responses — and [Read More…]
We’re Looking for More Volunteers to Help Track Anti-Church/State Separation Legislation Across the Country
This Public School District Was Taken Over by Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men and Then All Hell Broke Loose
I’m late to this one, but I finally had the chance to listen to a recent episode of This American Life which documents the true story of how a group of ultra-orthodox Jews took over a public school district in East Ramapo, New York.
If you attend Brigham Young University, you have to abide by a few faith-based rules like no drinking alcohol, no pre-marital sex… and no beards.
That last one was put into place more than four decades ago because, back then, beards were seen as signs of “protest, revolution and rebellion against authority… They are also symbols of the hippie and drug culture.”
Even if you accept that reasoning, that’s certainly not the case anymore. But leave it to religion to keep with a tradition long after it ceases to make any sense. It’s especially ironic given that Brigham Young (below) and several other Mormon Church leaders sported beards in their time:
When even Brigham Young would be kicked out of Brigham Young University, you know there’s a problem.
Professor David P. Barash writes in today’s New York Times about “The Talk” he gives his students regarding evolution and God. They are free to believe that God plays a role in the evolutionary process, whether He began it or guides it, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against the worlds overlapping: