Creationist Claims Richard Dawkins Isn’t a “Real” Scientist and Should Stop Criticizing Dr. Ben Carson

In an excellent interview with Fareed Zakaria on Friday night, Richard Dawkins lamented all the Republican candidates who reject evolution, rightfully calling it a “disgrace.” He threw them a bit of a bone by saying he didn’t think they were all that ignorant; they were probably just pandering to their base.

The most specific criticism, though, was reserved for Dr. Ben Carson. As a skilled doctor, Dawkins argued, he should be first in line defending science, not disregarding the evidence in favor of primitive, biblical thinking.

That’s the part that infuriated Creationist Ken Ham.

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As Usual, Survey Shows Religion in Decline, Especially Among Millennials

The Pew Research Center just released a new report building off of their landmark 2014 Religious Landscape Study and focusing on the changes in religious beliefs among Americans.

As usual, the momentum is on our side.

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New York Times Reveals How Religious Arbitration Cases Work Against the Powerless

For the past couple of days, the New York TimesJessica Silver-Greenberg and Robert Gebeloff have been reporting on the nature of arbitration in lieu of courts when it comes to settling a dispute. In general, there have been a lot of cases where arbiters, already cozy with the companies they’re supposed to judge, side with the companies (who’d have thunk?) even when the evidence points in the other direction.

In the final part of the series, the reporters focus on religious arbitration, when Scripture supersedes secular law:

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In Video, Young Afghan Woman Who Eloped with Her Lover is Stoned to Death by Taliban

In a part of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, a roughly-20-year-old woman by the name of Rokhsahana was stoned to death for the crime of eloping with a man in order to escape the future husband her parents had picked out for her.

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Was a Newspaper Wrong to Publish a Letter to the Editor Linking Autism and Vaccines?

Letters to the editor are like open comments sections on a website, with the important distinction that someone at the newspaper always makes the decision on which letters to publish.

So when Chip DeNure wrote a letter to the editor of the La Crosse Tribune (in Wisconsin) arguing that there was a link between vaccines and autism — which there isn’t — should the newspaper have published it? The writer is obviously ignorant, but that alone has never been a reason not to publish a letter.

Richard Kyte, a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, agrees the writer was wrong in his assertion but he’s grappling with the question of whether the paper was wrong to publish his letter. Ultimately, he defends it appearing in print.

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