UK Free Schools Will Now Be Protected From Creationism

When it comes to the issue of science, the UK is fortunate in rarely having to mount any kind of serious defense or needing to resort to litigation when combating Creationists. Such people are simply laughed at, as they shuffle off to the fringes of the public sphere. Unfortunately, there is much to be cautious about. A small survey back in 2009 found that as many as half of the UK population do not believe in evolution and as high as 22% prefer varying levels of Creationism or Intelligent Design. How this can be, when these results are a slice of the population far larger than the numbers of Evangelicals and Muslims combined (among whom such views are most prevalent), is a cause of some debate. Most of it has been chalked up to a serious shortage in scientific literacy, rather than the usual religious objections that are most often seen in the U.S. It’s still pretty embarrassing, though, considering Charles Darwin is on our money! [Read more...]

Christian School Kicks Out Disabled Student for Needing a Service Dog

There are so many examples of Christians behaving badly that it barely raises an eyebrow anymore, but this story is a new low.

Anika Bjornson, a fifth-grade student in Tualatin, Oregon, has a severe case of juvenile diabetes. It’s so severe that she has to bring a trained service dog with her to school. The dog (amazingly, to me) lets her know when her blood sugar is too high or low so she can take steps to correct it. [Read more...]

A Separate Legal Issue About That Church Putting on A Charlie Brown Christmas

There’s been a big controversy lately because an atheist parent is upset over the fact that Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas wants to take students on a field trip to see A Charlie Brown Christmas at a local church. You can read more about the story here. [Read more...]

Ask Richard: Bigoted College Teacher Focuses on Atheist Student

Hello Richard, I’m an atheist in a mostly Christian, republican state trying to get through college with my sanity intact. I graduate next semester, and thought I’d manage to get through this without any serious repercussions due to my unpopular views. Unfortunately my business law teacher this semester might break that record. The first class [Read More...]

Michael Shermer Answers Questions for a Philosophy Class

Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State University, recently invited Michael Shermer to do a A & A session for students. That lecture was recorded and begins at the 4:30 mark in the video below: [Read more...]


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