South Dakota Republicans Propose Bill to Promote Intelligent Design in School — and Protect Those Who Teach It

There’s a simple reason Intelligent Design and its unwanted cousin Creationism aren’t taught in public schools: They’re not science. It has nothing to do with some “anti-Christian” agenda on the part of administrators or teachers.

But the way South Dakota Senate Bill 112 reads, you’d think teachers were under attack for doing the right thing. Instead, the bill would allow teachers to preach Intelligent Design despite the fact that it’s essentially synonymous with pushing religion in the classroom:



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The Bible Tells Us Who’s Going to Win the Super Bowl

I don’t think the Christian Post understands the unintentional humor in a couple of articles they posted yesterday…

In anticipation of the Super Bowl, they wanted to provide football fans with Bible verses that directly or indirectly support their favorite team. (Some of the verses are offered tongue-in-cheek, but that’s not really the issue here.)



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After Newspaper Columnist Admits Her Atheism, the Response is Overwhelmingly Positive

Just over a week ago, I posted about Kansas City Star columnist Cindy Hoedel and her “coming out” column in which she told readers she was an atheist and that this was the year she hoped society would finally start accepting atheists.

I wasn’t too thrilled with the column because, as much as I appreciated her publicly discussing her non-belief, I didn’t like that she implied she was among the first to do anything like that or that conversations about atheism in the media were anything new.

Okay, all that aside, there’s a very welcome update to the story.

Hoedel published her latest column yesterday and she wrote about the response to that column. As expected, she got a ton of responses… but they were overwhelmingly supportive:

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The Carl Sagan Archive Can Now Be Seen on Library of Congress Website

“Family Guy” haters, get ready for some internal conflict.

The Library of Congress just acquired the “Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive” and it’s a treasure trove of Sagan artifacts that his fans will love digging through. Hell, there are (silent) home movies of Sagan as a kid!



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The Time to Be Happy is Now: A Film About Atheists in the Gambia

Last time we heard from filmmaker Zenon Kalafaticz, he had created an English-language documentary about how atheism fares in Poland.

His latest work focuses on atheism in The Gambia, an African nation that’s 90% Muslim. Specifically, he shows the work of the Gambia Secular Assembly.

I haven’t had time to watch the whole thing yet, but this appears to be a fascinating look at atheists in an area of the world we rarely pay enough attention to:



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