If Faculty Members Don’t Accept Young Earth Creationism, This Christian College May Fire Them

Here’s how you know the college you go to is a really shitty one: Administrators force faculty members to sign pledges that they won’t teach real science.

That’s what’s happening right now at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s named after William Jennings Bryan who defended Creationism in the Scopes Money Trial nearly a century ago.

The current Statement of Faith that professors at the school must adhere to says this:

[We believe] that the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis; that he was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death;

If you believe in theistic evolution — that God started the process but evolution took over after that — you could twist that statement to suit your needs.

But on Friday, school officials told faculty members they had to sign a clarification to that statement, one that would eliminate theistic evolution as a possible interpretation:

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Seventh-Day Adventists Go To Jail For Letting Their Infant Son Die of Rickets; Calling Doctor ‘Would Have Been a Sin’

A British mother and father who invoked religious teachings to refuse medical help for their young son will be spending up to three years in jail.

The five-month-old boy, Ndingeko Kunene, died of rickets, a bone condition caused by vitamin D deficiency.

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Murder of Three Employees Cows Liberal Pakistani Newspaper Into Near-Silence About Violent Fundamentalism

The Press Tribune newspaper was supposed to be a voice for liberal Pakistanis who’d had it with their country’s Islamist thugs. A partner of the New York Times, the Tribune launched four years ago, covering topics that most of the country’s conservative-leaning press wouldn’t touch.

It was a brave initiative, and eventually, the Pakistani Taliban responded the only way it knows how. With bullets.

Six weeks ago, three employees of the media group that owns the Press Tribune were shot to death. Not surprisingly,

The attack was later claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a large coalition of militant groups, which accused the media group of disseminating anti-Taliban propaganda.

No arrests were made, which was par for the course. The police hadn’t nabbed any perpetrators in earlier attacks against the newspaper either:

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Vicar of Indian Church Says Men Can Only Get Married There If They Prove They Can Produce Sperm

If you’re a man and you want to get married in the Santa Cruz Basilica (pictured below) at Fort Kochi, India, Catholic vicar Francis Fernandez would like to make sure you can produce sperm. So says this article from the New India Express. The vicar requires that you undergo a “potency test,” which I infer means the proven ability to ejaculate, as one quoted expert questions the efficacy of such tests by saying

Some can’t stimulate themselves under artificial circumstances.”

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Louisiana Pastor Accused of Repeatedly Raping Mentally Challenged Women After Her Father Offered Her For Sex

When a man of God meets a mentally challenged young woman who has the brain capacity of a seven-year-old, what ensues? It doesn’t appear to have been Christian love in the case of Baton Rouge pastor David “Scott” Lemley. Lemley allegedly decided to rape her on several occasions because his own wife had been sick and sexually unavailable.

Can it get worse? Yes: The victim’s own father offered her to Lemley, police say.

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