Finally, a New Kind of Debate About ‘Under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance

In Utah, just as we saw in New York, state legislators are introducing a resolution to recognize the 60th anniversary of “under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

But Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 didn’t come without a discussion about a lesser-known controversy involving the phrase:

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, rose to support the legislation but only after another senator, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, observed that Valentine’s cadence of reciting the pledge each day in the Senate was different from the other lawmakers.

Weiler said he has found that Valentine does not pause when stating “under God” in the pledge like many traditionally do. He said he felt that all members in the Senate should follow Valentine’s lead.

“There is no comma,” Valentine said. “We are one nation under God. We are not multiple nations, not multiple parts, but one nation under God.”



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15 Years Ago, the Intelligent Design Movement’s ‘Wedge Document’ Was Exposed

On February 5, 1999, the Wedge Document was first uploaded online for the world to see. The document, produced by the Discovery Institute, explained the “master plan” of the Intelligent Design movement:

Here, for example, were their five year goals:

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The Story Behind the Christian Oscars

Sam Sweet of the New Yorker takes us inside the group behind the Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala — a.k.a. the Christian Oscars — a place where people like Kirk Cameron are fêted as legitimate movie stars and award winners can receive up to $100,000:



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Creation Museum: ‘The Media is Split’ About the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate

Let’s throw an easy question out there: If you had to criticize Bill Nye over Tuesday night’s Creationism/Evolution debate, what would you say?

Almost universally, it seems, people on the science side of the debate focused their criticism on his decision to accept the invite in the first place. Very few had major problems with his presentation, with responses ranging from Great! to that-was-scientifically-valid-but-not-very-compelling.

Few people, it seemed, argued that Nye did a poor job of defending his side, and Ken Ham may even be included in that bunch.

Let’s face it: You can’t find an article (that’s not from a Creationist group) that says Ken Ham won the debate. He didn’t. He objectively didn’t. Even if you thought there was a debate to be had, that spell was broken the moment Ham said he wouldn’t change his mind about Creationism no matter the evidence.

Which brings us back to Answers in Genesis’ recap of the event, written by staffer Steve Golden:



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South Dakota Bill That Would Have Allowed Teachers to Promote Intelligent Design in School is Killed by Its Sponsor

Last week, South Dakota legislators proposed Senate Bill 112, a bill that would allow teachers to preach Intelligent Design despite the fact that it’s essentially synonymous with pushing religion in the classroom:

In short, the law — sponsored by over a dozen Republicans — would make it legal for teachers to push ID without punishment.

However, today, the bill’s main sponsor, Jeff Monroe, said he was scrapping the legislation because, as one reporter put it, “it was badly written”:

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