Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Mother Who Attempted to Heal Her Daughter’s Cancer with Prayer

In early 2002, a doctor told 15-year-old Jessica Crank she needed to go to an emergency room because of what was later diagnosed as Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. Instead of doing that, her mother Jacqueline Crank turned to Jesus.

Jessica died later that year.

Tennessee law has a section with definitions for aggravated child abuse and neglect that includes a religious exemption:

Nothing in this part shall be construed to mean a child is abused, neglected, or endangered, or abused, neglected or endangered in an aggravated manner, for the sole reason the child is being provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone, in accordance with the tenets or practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by a duly accredited practitioner of the recognized church or religious denomination, in lieu of medical or surgical treatment.

Because a trial court judge said Jacqueline Crank didn’t qualify for this exemption (since a duly accredited practitioner didn’t provide the spiritual treatment), she was given a sentence of nearly one year of unsupervised probation. (Hardy a punishment given what happened to her daughter.)

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A Physicist Rebuts the Fine-Tuning Argument Christian Apologists Love to Use

Last year, I posted about a debate between Christian apologist William Lane Craig and theoretical physicist Sean Carroll on the topic of “God and Cosmology.”

There’s a clip from that debate that you might want to watch even if you don’t have time to see the full two-hour video. It’s Carroll explaining the problems with the fine-tuning argument that Craig and other Christian apologists rely on so much:



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How About Some Godless Pickup Lines for Valentine’s Day?

Jaclyn Glenn offers some atheistic pick-up lines that are guaranteed to impress that special someone… or keep you single forever. I can’t remember which one.



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Are You Going to Attend Church Today? Click Wisely…

Clickhole, true to its name, has a Choose Your Own Adventure game that involves your eternal soul, and it’s very addictive.



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Darwin Day Proclamation Issued in Omaha, Nebraska

You’ll be happy to know that the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, Jean Stothert, signed a proclamation honoring Charles Darwin‘s birthday:

Somewhere, a Creationist is shedding a single tear.

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