Snake-Handling Preachers Are Getting Their Own Reality Show

I thought “Preachers of L.A.” was going to be the strangest religion-based reality TV show this year…

I was wrong. It turns out there’s another show that makes Christians look even weirder:

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I Don’t Think Christians Should Get to Use the #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion Hashtag…

Yesterday, #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion was trending on Twitter. You would think people using the tag would be declaring, you know, their unpopular opinions: They think MySpace is still cool, or the Cubs will win the World Series this year, or Anthony Weiner will make another comeback.

Nope. Turns out that believing in God — and being part of the powerful Christian majority — is somehow “unpopular.” Take a look:


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Registration for Skepticon 6 Is Now Open

The free, massive, amazing Skepticon conference in Springfield, Missouri takes place November 15-17, and registration is now open! (You’ll want to sign up before all the seats fill up, even though there’s no cost.)

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A Creationist Just Criticized the Intelligent Design Movement for Not Being Christian Enough

Infighting is fun.

Especially when it involves Ken Ham, who’s disappointed that a WorldNetDaily article quoted Intelligent Design believer Casey Luskin.

Ham writes:

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Pennsylvania Legislator Wants Science Teachers to ‘Teach the Controversy’ About Evolution

Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephen Bloom thinks he has a brilliant idea to make our science classes better: He wants everyone to debate already-settled scientific concepts like evolution and global warming:

“In the real world, outside of academia, scientific theory is up for all kinds of argument,” Bloom said. “I don’t think it’s right to exclude any particular kind of argument prima facie. If a student wants to discuss a criticism, he or she should be able to.”

I love that first sentence. Bloom is saying that when you talk to people who don’t know a lot about science, they debate things that real scientists already understand. No kidding. And instead of letting the experts dictate the curriculum, Bloom wants the people who know the least about it (including himself) to tell teachers what to discuss in their classrooms.

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