COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey Receives 12 Emmy Nominations

Earlier today, it was announced that COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey received an impressive 12 Emmy nominations in the following categories:



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Rep. Louie Gohmert, Who Thinks Climate Change is a Hoax, Explains Why Atheists are Intellectual Inferior

Rep. Louie Gohmert, who makes Sarah Palin sound like she has a Ph.D., went to a Christian revival event last night and told the audience that atheists just don’t get it:



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Why Evangelical Christians Ignore the Science Behind Birth Control

After the ruling on Hobby Lobby came down, the biggest question in the minds of those outside of the Christian Right may have been: Why is the science behind birth control irrelevant to the Christians involved in this case?

A quick Google search reveals that the objected-to forms of birth control don’t cause abortions, but the fearful visceral response from Hobby Lobby supporters was entirely driven by the idea that these contraceptives cause early abortions.

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Kentucky State Senator: Mars Has the Same Temperature as Earth, so Climate Change is a Hoax

I didn’t realize Kentucky was holding a contest to replace Rep. Louie Gohmert as the dumbest elected official when it comes to climate change. But apparently they are and they have a candidate who might defeat him: Republican State Senator Brandon Smith:

Smith is a member of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment, which met last Thursday to discuss new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. Even though none of Kentucky’s coal plants would be shut down as a result, committee members were eager to point out that reason for the changes — to curb the effects of climate change — was pointless to begin with since it’s all a great big hoax:

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Two High School Students Investigate How a Pro-Creationism Cartoon Ended Up in a Biology Teacher’s Lesson

Here’s an illustration that literally comes out of Creationist Ken Ham‘s playbook:

It shows how accepting evolution — or “reject[ing] God’s Word,” as Ham puts it — leads to homosexuality, abortion, racism, divorce, pornography, and euthanasia. (I’m pretty sure Ham is the guy atop the Creation Castle, grinning while shooting the wrong way because he has no idea what the hell is going on.)

Anyway, I bring this up because a version of that slide appeared in a PowerPoint presentation during Anquinette Jones‘ freshman biology class at Grady High School in Atlanta:



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