Maine’s Governor Has Appointed a Creationist to Head Up the State’s Department of Education

I guess Texas is so big, it now extends up to Maine.

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage has appointed Bill Beardsley as the acting commissioner of the state’s Department of Education.

Beardsley, a former president of Husson University and former commissioner of the Department of Conservation, will be in the position for six months, though LePage could later recommend him to hold the position for much longer in an official capacity.

What’s the problem with that?

Beardsley, like LePage, believes Creationism should be taught in public schools.

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A Program That Gives Scholarship Money to Religious Schools Could Be Struck Down in Oklahoma

In 2010, Oklahoma passed a law called the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities act which provided vouchers to students with special needs. It meant students who qualified could attend one of several dozen private schools with the help of taxpayer funding.

The problem with that law was that the vast majority of those schools were religious. (And most of them did not actually specialize in special needs students.) In short, the scholarship was a sneaky way to get taxpayers to pay for the religious education of students.



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These Quotations Are Definitely Real Because They Appear in an Image

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver pointed out how politicians love quoting the Founding Fathers… even when they’re getting it completely wrong.

So to help facilitate the nonsense — because why not? — they set up a website called Definitely Real Quotes with ready-made images to share on social media.



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To Solve Zambia’s Economic Woes, Its President Asked Nation to Pray and Fast

The nation of Zambia is in major economic trouble, with a collapsed currency, shortage of power, and food prices higher than ever.

But don’t worry. The government has figured out a way to fix the problem. On Saturday, President Edgar Lungu asked the nation to pray and fast:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 77: Cathy Lynn Grossman, Journalist for Religion News Service

Our latest podcast guest is Cathy Lynn Grossman, a senior national correspondent for Religion News Service (a wire service for faith-based news).

Grossman often writes stories involving research and statistics. She also worked for more than two decades with USA Today.

I spoke with Grossman about the toughest story she’s ever written, what the Internet is doing to religion, and whether the amount of religion currently in politics is a new phenomenon.

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