Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) Votes for Prayer at Meetings, Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) has thrown the Constitution under the bus with their 3-2 vote to allow prayers during public meetings. What’s amazing, though, is how many people were publicly opposed to the decision:



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More Than Half of Republican Primary Voters Want to Establish Christianity as the National Religion

Public Policy Polling released a poll on Tuesday identifying Scott Walker (below) as the leading presidential favorite among primary-voting Republicans. Which isn’t even the worst thing the poll tells us (and I say that as a Wisconsinite…).

While many of PPP’s questions focused on potential Republican primary candidates, some were the sort of simple queries like “Do you believe in evolution or not?” that trip up politicians like Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal. And if you’re wondering how the potential primary voters fared, well… their responses weren’t any more heartening than Walker’s “punt.”

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New Mexico Officials Cancel Museum’s Darwin Day Event After Creationists Complain About Not Being Included

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History was going to have a Darwin Day event this month, that was co-sponsored by New Mexicans for Science & Reason, the Humanist Society of New Mexico, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation chapter in Albuquerque.

And that upset local Creationists/Intelligent Design proponents because, in their mind, this was clearly government promotion of religion (or rather anti-religion) and not about science:



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Pro-Life Legislator Defends Faith-Healing Parents: “If I Want to Let My Child Be with God, Why is That Wrong?”

Christy Perry (below) is an Idaho Republican State Representative who champions her support for the sanctity-of-life on her website, where she lists it as a pressing issue. So, presumably, if such a self-styled champion of life heard that parents were allowing their children to die of easily treatable illnesses by withholding medical treatment, her pro-life commitment would ensure that she was at the forefront of the movement to protect the lives of those children. Right?

Not so much. According to a report from Al-Jazeera America‘s Leah Sottile, Perry suggests that faith-healing parents

… are more comfortable confronting death. “Children do die,” Perry said. “And I’m not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not. It’s a way of life.”

Which might have been Perry’s first clue that something was wrong — because death should not be just a “way of life” for children.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Blasts Sen. James Inhofe (a.k.a. the “Senator with the Snowball”)

Yesterday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), attempted to show how climate change science was bullshit… by bringing out a real live snowball. As if temporary coldness in DC offsets the mountains of evidence supporting climate change and our effect on it.

This would be funnier if so many people didn’t take him seriously… and if he weren’t the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

Thankfully, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has long been a science advocate, took to the floor of the Senate afterwards to try and explain, politely, why Inhofe is a damned fool:

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