Maine’s Governor Has Appointed a Creationist to Head Up the State’s Department of Education

I guess Texas is so big, it now extends up to Maine.

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage has appointed Bill Beardsley as the acting commissioner of the state’s Department of Education.

Beardsley, a former president of Husson University and former commissioner of the Department of Conservation, will be in the position for six months, though LePage could later recommend him to hold the position for much longer in an official capacity.

What’s the problem with that?

Beardsley, like LePage, believes Creationism should be taught in public schools.

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A Former Muslim Talks About Why She Took Off Her Hijab for Good

Ex-Muslim and current atheist Aliyah Saleem has an excellent video aimed at viewers who are pressured into wearing a hijab even if it’s not their choice. That’s not all Muslim women, she makes clear, but it’s a segment of Muslim women who often get ignored.



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A Program That Gives Scholarship Money to Religious Schools Could Be Struck Down in Oklahoma

In 2010, Oklahoma passed a law called the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act which provided vouchers to students with special needs. It meant students who qualified could attend one of several dozen private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.

The problem with that law was that the vast majority of those schools were religious. (And most of them did not actually specialize in special needs students.) In short, the scholarship was a sneaky way to get taxpayers to pay for the religious education of students.



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Tennessee Church Kicked Out of Baptist Association for Electing Female Pastor

The Greater Tabernacle Church in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee just got kicked out of the Lawrence County Association of Baptists. It’s a serious matter since they could now lose their building. The deed says the space is only available to the congregation as long as they’re members of the Baptist association in good standing.

What horrible thing did they do to get kicked out of the association?

They voted for a woman to be their new pastor.



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These Quotations Are Definitely Real Because They Appear in an Image

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver pointed out how politicians love quoting the Founding Fathers… even when they’re getting it completely wrong.

So to help facilitate the nonsense — because why not? — they set up a website called Definitely Real Quotes with ready-made images to share on social media.



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