An Atheist Interviewed a Creationist from Answers in Genesis… and the Conversation is Fascinating

To the frustration of many of you (as you’ve expressed to me many times over), I’m a huge proponent of talking to people you disagree with — even when you actively work against each other. Especially when you actively work against each other, if for no other reason than it’s easy to create a straw man version of your opponents and you never want to do that. You want to make sure you’re opposing things they really believe. And when they’re willing to have a conversation with you, and when you can get inside their heads and find out why they think the way they do, you should take that opportunity.

It’s possible you learn nothing new. But maybe they become a little more “human” and you can better understand where they’re coming from. Ultimately, that helps us stay on focus with our own activism.

That’s why we’ve talked to several people we might consider to be cultural opponents on the podcast. It’s just more interesting to me than talking to atheists who agree with us all the time.

That’s also why I have to applaud what the Miami Valley Skeptics have done.

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North Carolina Official Who Told Non-Christian Invocation Speakers to “Stay the Hell Away” Backtracks on Comments

This is Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem (below), last week, talking about invocations delivered by non-Christians:

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Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

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South Carolina Governor Calls on Pastors Across the State to Join Her for a Christian Revival

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (below) recently sent a letter to pastors across the state inviting them to attend “The Response,” a prayer rally taking place on June 13. (Similar events have been promoted in the past by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.)

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Catholic League Whines About Louis CK’s Controversial SNL Monologue: “He Has Child Rape on His Mind”

If you saw Saturday Night Live‘s season finale over the weekend, you saw comedian Louis CK deliver another edgy monologue. Last year, when he hosted, he talked about God as an abusive husband. This weekend, he talked about how child molesters must *really* enjoy “molesting childs” if they’re willing to risk such a severe punishment for the crime.

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