National World War II Memorial May Soon Include a Plaque Honoring God

The National World War II Memorial opened in Washington, D.C. in 2004 and it’s a wonderful tribute to those who risked and gave their lives for our country.

But you know what it’s missing?

God.



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Pennsylvania Judge Who Struck Down Gay Marriage Ban Also Destroyed Intelligent Design Movement

By now, you know that a judge in Pennsylvania struck down a ban against gay marriage today. It’s a wonderfully-written ruling worth reading in full, but what makes it especially great is that Judge John E. Jones III is a George-W-Bush-appointed, Rick-Santorum-approved Republican who may be best known to this site’s readers as the judge who pretty much single-handedly destroyed the Intelligent Design movement in 2005 with his decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover.

Since the Religious Right is undoubtedly going to criticize him as some activist judge with a liberal agenda, it’s worth taking a look at some of the statements he’s made to show that those labels don’t apply to him at all.

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Why is This New Christian Park Getting a $140,000 Boost from Iowan Taxpayers?

This is Shepherd’s Garden, a new Christian park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, that was created to “be a visible reminder that God’s presence is not confined to sacred institutions and buildings, but is very much a part of the public sphere”:

You can see the multitude of Prayer Spaces already, but their brochure indicates that they also plan to include a “Walk of Faith” Walkway, walkway stones with Bible verses, and crosses.

At first glance, this is one of those things that should elicit eyerolls from atheists, but not much else. (What, churches aren’t good enough anymore?)

But it turns out the money for the park isn’t just coming from private donors:

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Florida Republican: Common Core Will Turn Your Children Gay

As I’ve said repeatedly on this site, the set of educational standards known as Common Core is great on the surface. The problems come with the implementation of the program and how students will be tested on their knowledge.

But whatever the reasons are to oppose its implementation, I’m pretty sure Florida State Representative (and Republican) Charles Van Zant is just talking out of his ass.

In a speech at the “Operation Education Conference” in March (that’s just coming to light now), Van Zant explained the real problem with Common Core: It’s turning your children gay:



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New Survey Says Being an Atheist is the Most Negative Trait for a Presidential Candidate

For decades now, Gallup has been asking voters about their dealbreakers when it comes to electing a President:

If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ________, would you vote for that person?

And every time, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. In 2012, there was cause for celebration simply because more than half of those surveyed said they wouldn’t hold atheism against a politician.

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released the results of their own version of this question. They wanted to know which qualities would help and hurt potential 2016 presidential candidates.

They asked voters whether certain characteristics would make it more or less likely that a politician would get their votes. For example, if the candidate were a woman, 19% of those surveyed said they would be more inclined to vote for her while 9% said less, for a net positive of 10%.

So Pew ranked the characteristics from highest net positive traits (served in the military, was/is a governor) to the highest net negative (take a guess):

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