Michigan Public School District Seeks Superintendent with “Strong Christian Background and Philosophy”

The McBain Rural Agricultural School district in northern Michigan is looking for a new Superintendent.

But none of you can apply because one of the requirements is a “strong Christian background and philosophy”:

Looks like that’s about to change, however, now that the ACLU is involved.

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Bill Nye, Ever the Scientist, Admits He Was Wrong About GMOs and a Revised Edition of His Book Will Rectify That

A few months ago, Bill Nye published a book called Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation:

In it, he mentioned that food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could pose environmental risks:

Genetically engineering food is controversial, as it should be. If you’re asking me, we should stop introducing genes from one species into another, while at the same time taking full advantage of our ability to understand the genome of any organism — plant, animal, or fungus — in order to produce the healthiest, most sustainable food system possible. Here’s why: Although we can know exactly what happens to any organism we modify, we just can’t quite know what will happen to other species in that modified organism’s ecosystem. For me this is a big deal, though some other investigators don’t seem to find it as troubling.

But in a video filmed after his recent appearance on Bill Maher‘s show, Nye explained that he has studied the issue more since writing that chapter. He’s spent time with scientists who are experts in this area. And he admits his fears were nothing to be concerned about:

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State Rep and Christian Preschool Owner Gave His Adopted Daughters Away — To a Rapist Now Serving 40 Years

Suffer the little children.

On March 6, 2013, Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris posted pictures of two young girls, 3 and 6, to his social-media accounts. They were now his daughters, he explained — siblings that he and his wife Marsha had adopted after the usual extensive vetting process and a six-month in-home trial period.

But today, when you view the short biographical video that’s posted on Harris’ page at the Arkansas House of Representatives website, and you fast-forward to the 1:51 mark where he talks about his family, those girls, unlike his three biological sons, are neither mentioned nor shown. The girls’ photos have been scrubbed from Harris’ social-media profiles, and the posts about them removed.

What happened to the siblings?

That’s the subject of an investigative piece in the Arkansas Times. It’s a long and convoluted story, and some pivotal facts remain unknown, but the gist of it is this:

Harris (below, right) and his wife “rehomed” the girls — gave them away and abandoned them — to a man named Eric Cameron Francis (at left) and his wife Stacey. Francis, a former youth pastor, had worked as head teacher at Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool, which happens to be owned by Harris. Those godly credentials didn’t prevent Francis from forcing himself on the oldest girl. He is now serving a 40-year prison term for her rape.

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Sam Harris and ISIS Expert Graeme Wood Discuss “the True Believers” of Islamism

Sam Harris doesn’t do short. Even his blog posts often run the length of many, many screens, and his latest piece is no exception. Posted last night, it’s a 12,000-word meeting of the minds between Harris and Graeme Wood, the author of the excellent March cover story in the Atlantic titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

I’d recommend reading the Atlantic piece first. But even if you don’t, the following extract from the Harris-Wood conversation should stand on its own, and it’ll give you a good idea of the ground that Wood covers in his report. The quotes are from various places in the Harris blog post, and, as presented here, are not necessarily contiguous.


One could certainly say that as a vocal atheist, I’m an enemy of all religion. So, in that sense, I’m an enemy of Islam too. But for the purposes of a conversation like this, I’m actually an enemy of “Islamism,” not Islam per se. Islamism, as you know, is the desire on the part of a minority of Muslims to impose their religion on the rest of society (and jihadis are the minority of Islamists who attempt to do so by force).


As anyone who watches the Islamic State closely knows, it manufactures propaganda at an industrial pace, and its members are eager to explain themselves. They publish fatwas in Arabic and many other languages represented among the foreign fighters. And they take great pains to describe why they do what they do.

These fatwas and religious edicts are produced by a council of scholars. ISIS has learned men working on these issues and putting out judgments using texts within the discourse and traditions of Islam. They’re not discussing whether something is right in a vague, secular sense. They are using the language of Islam and drawing, indisputably, upon its traditions of religious discourse, especially the Qur’an and the hadīth (the sayings of the Prophet) and the lives of Muhammad’s first followers.

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I Knew It! Jesus Is Full of Hot Air

This Easter, Sky Sail Balloons Inc. will be renting out this hot air balloon:

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