Ken Ham Says Atheists Are Attacking His Religious Freedom, but Fails to Mention His Illegal Hiring Practices

Either Ken Ham doesn’t understand why people have a problem with his Ark Encounter theme park… or he does, but he’s lying to his Christian audience, anyway. I wouldn’t put that past him.

Here’s the issue: Answers in Genesis, Ham’s ministry, is a religious non-profit. That’s why the Creation Museum can require you to sign a “statement of faith” if you want to work there.

Ark Encounter, the Noah’s Ark theme park that’s eligible for millions of dollars in tax rebates, is a for-profit business. They cannot discriminate in hiring.

But as I’ve mentioned on this site a few times already, a job listing at AiG’s website made clear that being a Christian was a prerequisite, even though the position was for Ark Encounter:

That’s the one thing Ham can’t do if he wants perks from the state. In fact, if state officials believe AiG is discriminating in hiring, they could rescind the opportunity for Ham to earn up to $18,000,000 in tax rebates. (The Freedom From Religion Foundation has already urged the IRS to investigate the park’s hiring policies.)

In a fundraising letter just sent out this week, Ham doesn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing. Instead, he says this is all just Christian persecution:

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Christian Author: If You Don’t Accept Miracles, You’re Intolerant and Closed-Minded

Christian author Eric Metaxas has a new book out all about miracles (“what they are, why they happen, and how they can change your life”).

It’s nothing new, of course. His “miracles” include things like the fine-tuning argument and the improbability of life, which have been countered and rebutted many times over.

But here’s the real question: How does Metaxas respond to atheists who don’t consider any of this proof of God’s existence? Are they too skeptical? Are they just missing evidence that he can provide?

Nope. It’s much worse than that:

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You May Think Their Actions Are Un-Islamic, but It Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Muslims

This is a guest post by Lala Stone. She also writes at Medium and Alternet.

Mass murderer Anders Breivik — the man who killed 77 people in Norway in July of 2011 — made it extremely clear what his religion is in his 1,500 page manifesto.

“At the age of 15 I chose to be baptised and confirmed in the Norwegian State Church,” he wrote. “I consider myself to be 100% Christian.”

Bill O’Reilly was not convinced.

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Alabama City to Hold Parade With “Keep Christ in Christmas” Theme

The city of Piedmont, Alabama has a Christmas parade on December 4, which is not really a big deal… but their theme could use a bit of work: The annual City of Piedmont Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. The lineup will start at the old National Guard Armory at 4 p.m. [Read More…]

Keith Lowell Jensen Releases Atheist Christmas Stand-Up Special

My friend Keith Lowell Jensen just released his latest comedy album, Atheist Christmas (which you can also watch on Amazon instant video if you’d like):

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