Keep the Conversation Going!… Just Not Here

A day after the Creation Debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis posted an after-debate conversation online. It was uneventful as a video — more of the same stuff Ham said during the debate itself — but reader Predrag alerted me to the amusement juxtaposition between AiG’s words and actions. Just take a look at the bottom of the screenshot:



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A Rap in Honor of Darwin Day

Baba Brinkman, the man behind the “Rap Guide to Evolution,” created this fantastic song in honor of Darwin Day. I’m a couple of days late to post it but it deserves a wider audience!



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This is How Jehovah’s Witness Elders Are Taught to Minister to People with Suicidal Thoughts

Suppose you’re religious and your husband dies. And you’re depressed, even a year later. The depression is so bad, in fact, that you’re thinking about committing suicide (by “turning the car on in the garage and just going to sleep inside”) so you can be reunited with him in the afterlife.

So you ask some elders at your church for guidance.

They don’t suggest seeking out professional help.

Instead, they first meet in private to find just the right Bible verses to preach at you. Then they visit your home to tell you how you’re just like Job and how you ought to be an “integrity keeper.” Then they tell you to treat your thoughts of suicide much like you treat thoughts of immorality: by rejecting them entirely (as if it’s just that easy). Then they tell you to repeat the words, “I am an integrity keeper” and memorize some Bible verses to cope with your grief. (“Please find Jeremiah Chapter 29, Verses 11 and 12… will you agree to memorize those two verses?”)

This is what Jehovah’s Witness elders are actually taught to do according to a just-leaked video from the “Watchtower-approved” Kingdom Ministry School. It was sent to blogger John Cedars at JWsurvey, who has posted the video (and a couple of other ones) online:

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Now I Know How Mormon Prophets Work

Jake Frost offers an insightful take on how prophets operate within Mormonism:



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A Confusing Alabama House Bill Will Allow Public Display of the Ten Commandments… Maybe

New legislation filed by Alabama State Rep. Duwayne Bridges (R, of course) will allow for the public display of the Ten Commandments… as long as it’s legal, which is always up in the air.

House Bill 45 amends the state Constitution as follows:

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