Creationist Group Buys Digital Billboard in Times Square with a Message to “All of Our Intolerant Liberal Friends”

Earlier this month, Ken Ham‘s Answers in Genesis tried drumming up support for their Noah’s Ark Theme Park with a hilarious billboard campaign targeting their “intolerant liberal friends.”

It was funny in large part because they were claiming no one could “sink their ship”… as it sat on land.

Anyway, in a 15-second digital ad that slated to appear in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Ham’s reusing that slogan (“To all of our intolerant liberal friends”) as a prelude to an image of a Christian cross with the message “Thank God for Freedom”:

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“In God We Trust” Signs Now Adorn Kentucky State Capitol Rooms

When Kentucky legislators begin meeting again next week, each subcommittee will gather in one of 11 rooms with new symbols hanging on the walls: The state seal adorned with the phrase “In God We Trust”:

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Sioux Medicine Man and Spiritual Leader Accused of Serial Rape of Young Girls During Sweat-Lodge Ceremonies

Here’s a well-known recipe for disaster: Imbue a man with so-called spiritual powers, put him on a pedestal, and disregard what people say about him, even if he is rumored to be a serial child rapist.

The Washington Post sheds a good deal of light on the alleged crimes of Charles Chipps Sr. (below), an Oglala Sioux medicine man who long lived on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, where he is thought to have raped at least six underage girls, including several of his own daughters and granddaughters. The victims were as young as five years old.

Now 67, Chipps, a “highly regarded spiritual leader” for decades, has pleaded not guilty. The professional bullshit peddler

inherited his spiritual position in the tribe and became a renowned medicine man on Pine Ridge and beyond, even releasing a CD of ceremonial songs. …

It was in a little blue house and a log cabin in [his] compound that Chipps abused girls and young women who came to him for spiritual guidance, according to the indictment against him and other court documents. He also allegedly sexually assaulted them on his nearby sacred ceremonial grounds, forcing them to disrobe and engage in sexual acts in the darkness of the sweat lodge. …

A girl from Colorado whose aunt brought her to meet Chipps for spiritual guidance committed suicide after revealing the abuse she allegedly suffered.

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There’s No Reason to Thank God After the AirAsia Flight Disappearance

We see it after every tragedy and the missing AirAsia flight is no different. Those who avoided what appears to be a grim situation are looking for any explanation, rational or not, for their stroke of luck:

Another family said 10 of them were supposed to fly to Singapore for New Year’s Eve, but they all arrived late at the airport and missed the flight. “My mother can’t stop crying,” Anggi Mahesti said in a text message to ABC News. “This is a special Christmas gift from God that we missed the flight.

“We are so thankful to our God,” she added.

Chandra Susanto was also supposed to be on the plane. He posted prayers of gratitude on Facebook, saying he was supposed to fly with his wife and their three kids, but they canceled when his father fell ill.

“Thank you, Jesus,” Susanto posted. “Your plan is so beautiful. Our family avoided … awful danger.”

Of course, the same God who put them out of harm’s way apparently didn’t give a shit about the approximately 162 who were onboard the plane. Not that the survivors will ever admit that.

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Transgender Teen Killed in Traffic After Writing Suicide Letter Describing Her Christian Parents’ Opposition

[Word of caution #1: Extremely depressing content ahead.]

[Word of caution #2: I believe that the public suicide note quoted below is genuine, but have not yet been able to confirm it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The personal details do match up. I’ll update this post as I learn more.]

This past weekend, in the middle of the night, Leelah Alcorn, born Josh, stepped into southbound traffic on I-71 in Ohio, where she lived, and was killed by a Freightliner semi.

This appears to be, in part, the digital suicide letter she left behind:

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.

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