In case you missed the PBS airing of The Revisionaries, the documentary about the Texas State Board of Education and the fundamentalist Christians sitting on it, you can now watch it online through the end of February: [Read more...]
Over the weekend, I was handed a program from a church service. (Not because I went to one, but because these things just happen to me…)
I was going through the pages and suddenly came across the greatest thing *ever*:
I can’t tell what I love more… [Read more...]
Last week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) submitted a resolution “[e]xpressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
Now, there’s a White House petition circulating with the intent of striking down that potential resolution.
This sounds like exciting news from the Boy Scouts of America:
“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.
“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
In some ways, it’s about damn time. For too long, the BSA has kicked out excellent scouts and troop leaders because of their sexual orientation, an issue that had no bearing on anything.
But… [Read more...]