This May Be the Worst Academic Paper You’ll Ever See… and It Was Published in a Creationist Journal

Suppose you had to write an academic paper and you had no idea what you were talking about. And on top of that, you had to relate everything back to the Bible.

What would you do? You’d probably use a lot of big words. And then you’d break out a thesaurus and turn every short sentence into a long meandering paragraph.

In other words, you’d do what Callie Joubert (below) did for his recent paper published in the (Creationist) Answers Research Journal:

Just check out these excerpts from a paper that is so hilarious and verbose and laughable and loquacious and garrulous, it cites Ken Ham as a source when it isn’t repeating itself repeatedly (see what I did there?):

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Turns Out Atheists and Christians Like Very Different Bible Verses…

A couple of days ago, Valerie Tarico posted an article online in which she compiled a (serious) list of several atheists’ favorite Bible verses.

Bible Gateway’s Andy Rau was surprised by what made the list:

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Australian News Program Looks Into Christian Indoctrination Taking Place in Public Schools

Australian public schools offer “special religious instruction” (SRI) which is something of a joke when you realize how badly that privilege is abused. In theory, it’s great because kids can learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in many schools, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education veers into heavy indoctrination. Volunteers — and they’re always Christian, it seems — often use the time with students to make converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

The last time I mentioned this problem, the group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) was raising awareness of the abuses within the SRI program in part because they said parents don’t really know what’s going on in their kids’ schools. To that end, they put up a billboard in Melbourne to show parents what their kids may be learning:


The leader of ACCESS Ministries — a Christian group that provides about 96% of SRI in the state, in 850 of the 1300 primary schools — was quick to denounce the billboard, not because it wrongly depicted humans and dinosaurs living at the same time, but because it was mocking Jesus. Which it wasn’t.

Yesterday, an Australian show called A Current Affair looked into ACCESS Ministries and exposed how the organization works:

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Faced with Threat of Atheists Speaking at Meetings, Troutman (NC) City Council Caps Invocations at Two Minutes

The Supreme Court decision to allow religious invocations has also opened the door to openly atheistic invocations at government meetings across the country.

In Troutman, North Carolina, Town Attorney Gary Thomas was explaining to the city council what the law now meant for them… and faced with the prospect of an atheist invocation, one alderwoman made a unique suggestion:

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Fights Back Against Accusations That a Priest Didn’t Know Child Rape Was a Crime

The other day, I posted about a deposition given by Bishop Robert J. Carlson (now an Archbishop) in which he told a prosecutor that he didn’t know, in the 1970s, that raping a child was a crime:

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