Dunedin City Council in Florida Issues ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation

Mayor Anthony Foxx isn’t the only person declaring tomorrow a “Day of Reason” — the Dunedin City Council in Florida is doing the same. In the video below, Commissioner Ron Barnette read the text as requested by Mark Brandt of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater:

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Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina Issues ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation

The National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, but Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx (also President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Transportation) issued a proclamation declaring tomorrow the National Day of Reason:

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Blue Ridge Christian Academy: The School That Gave Fourth Graders the Creationism Test Heard Around the Internet

The mystery has been solved.

A few days ago, I posted images of a fourth grade science test that was circulating online:

The story was that a Reddit user had gotten the images from his friend, whose daughter attended the unnamed school. Neither of them wanted to verify the name of the school… but the material was out there, so it wouldn’t have been long before we found out. Even the stellar Snopes website was on the hunt, saying they had contacted a school that could plausibly have given the test and were awaiting confirmation.

So the search continued… until today.

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Guess Who’s Insulted by Florida House Prayers in Jesus’ Name?

Not news: The Florida House of Representatives holds invocation prayers before legislative sessions.

Not news: People are complaining about it.

News: It’s not atheists!

A Jewish lawmaker in Florida approached the Speaker of the House this week on behalf of other Jewish legislators who state that they are offended and insulted by the practice of praying in the name of Jesus during House sessions.

Jim Waldman of Coconut Creek contacted Speaker Will Weatherford to explain why what he called “the J.C. moment” presents a problem.

“This year more so than others, every time the prayer comes up, it’s in Jesus’ name,” he said. “This is my seventh year talking about it, and it’s getting to be too much. It would be nice to have an inclusive prayer.”

It’d be even nicer if they did away with the public prayers and got down to work. But how else are they supposed to get re-elected? By writing and debating meaningful legislation?! That’s crazy talk.

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When It Comes to Marriage Equality, Wisdom Doesn’t Necessarily Come with Age

After Dannika Nash published her open letter to the Christian church about being anti-gay, and after a back-and-forth between her and one of the church’s defenders, Dr. Michael Brown (the defender of the church’s bigotry) has directed his attention at me.

First, he takes issue with my tone. Dannika was admittedly nicer than I would have been — I don’t argue that — but he goes after commenters, too:

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