A.C. Grayling: Telling Schoolchildren That the Creation Museum Teaches Facts May Be a ‘Human Rights Crime’

During a recent speech at the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Student Societies 2014 Convention, philosopher A.C. Grayling went on a tangent from his talk about Humanism to discuss the Creation Museum (19:10 mark):



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This Conservative Thinks the Left Has an Unnecessary ‘Obsession’ with Creationism. Here’s Why He’s Completely Wrong

David French, a conservative commenter who also blogs here at Patheos, thinks we (“the secular Left”) pay waaaaaay too much attention to Creationists:

I look at this obsession as a symbol of leftist ignorance of Evangelical culture. Yes, if you ask most Evangelicals what they believe about the age of the earth and the origin of the universe, they’re going to side with the more literal interpretation of the Genesis story. But I would describe this as a “soft” or low-priority belief. Whether the Earth is a few thousand years old or several billion isn’t fundamental to their understanding of the Bible, the world, or their faith. It’s simply their default position.

French thinks we should ignore Creationism because most Christians just don’t think very much about it. But there are many, many problems with that:

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After Blocking Child’s Attempt to Make the Wooly Mammoth South Carolina’s State Fossil, Senator Withdraws Objection

Last week, I told you about how third grader Olivia McConnell wrote to her state representatives earlier this year with a request: South Carolina didn’t have an official state fossil, so could the Wooly Mammoth claim that title? … Olivia gave her reasons: 1. One of the first discoveries of a vertebrae fossil in North [Read More…]

This Must Be the ‘Jenny McCarthy Effect’ in Action

When it comes to autism, what does the science tell us? And how does the media cover it?

Neuroscientist Sam Wang, in an essay for the New York Times, goes into both issues:

A study published last week found that the brains of autistic children show abnormalities that are likely to have arisen before birth, which is consistent with a large body of previous evidence…

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of studies linking autism to a wide variety of genetic and environmental factors. Putting these studies in perspective is an enormous challenge. In a database search of more than 34,000 scientific publications mentioning autism since its first description in 1943, over half have come since 2008.

That’s all well and good, but the graphic included in the piece is a doozy. It shows that when it comes to the science, we ought to be paying closer attention to genetic and environmental factors (the risk of autism is much higher if you have an autistic twin or had an injury to your cerebellum before birth)… and we should stop pretending that vaccines have any connection to it, as shown by the final item on the list:



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Creationist to Give Commencement Address at Montana Engineering School. Let the Boycotts Begin

Greg Gianforte (below) is a wealthy Christian whose family foundation has donated a lot of money to “Christian causes in education, poverty and evangelism” including the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum — a Creation museum in Montana.

By itself, that’s not a big deal. He can waste his money however he’d like. But it gets worse. He and his wife have worked closely with both the conservative Heritage Foundation and an affiliate of Focus on the Family. His wife even testified against an ordinance that would ban discrimination against LGBT people.

But back to the Creation museum thing for a second. We’re talking about someone who believes the world is a few thousand years old, an idea that makes no sense to anyone trained in science.

So who was the genius who invited the Gianfortes to be the commencement speakers at an engineering school that graduates many of the top geologists in the world?

That would be Don Blakketter, chancellor of Montana Tech.

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