Puerto Rico House Passes Legislation Establishing the National Day of Prayer

The Puerto Rico House of Representatives passed legislation this week establishing the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May.

Because they believe in pandering to the voters as much as politicians in the U.S.

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Emails Document Teaching of Creationism in Louisiana Public School Science Classes

Zack Kopplin continues his series of articles documenting the problem of Creationism creeping into Louisiana schools with his latest piece in Slate.

This time, he got copies of emails proving that the Book of Genesis literally made its way into a high school science class.

Like this one from Airline High School science teacher Shawna Creamer to Principal Jason Rowland:

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Rick Santorum, Criticizing Pope Francis, Seriously Said We’re “Better Off Leaving Science to the Scientists”

Rick Santorum has a message for Pope Francis: Pipe down about climate change and get back to theology and morality. It’s an interesting position for a committed Catholic to take, not least of all since Pope Francis’ take on climate change is that addressing it is a moral imperative.

But it’s not just that the former Senator seems to think he knows better than the Pope about how to be pope that makes this story interesting. It’s that he, a politician who has no problem denying the scientific consensus on climate change, states that Pope Francis, who accepts what scientists have to say on the matter, should leave science to the scientists. (Hello, lack of self-awareness!)

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U.S. House Introduces Resolution Calling for the Global Repeal of Blasphemy Laws

It’s bipartisan and sorely needed.

Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) have introduced H. Res. 290, calling for the global elimination of blasphemy laws:

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Another Government-Supported Ten Commandments Monument Could Go Up in Florida County

A couple of years ago, there was a lot of drama in Florida in response to a Ten Commandments monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse. Because government officials wanted it to remain there, they had to allow monuments from other religious/non-religious groups… or face a very risky lawsuit. American Atheists soon installed a bench outside the courthouse peppered with quotations about atheism and church/state separation:

Now, the Gilchrist County Commissioners appear to be following a similar path, supporting a Ten Commandments monument on government property:

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