The Most Entertaining Rapture Announcement Yet

The passion for the Christ:

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‘Cosmos’ for Creationists (Episode 2)

Once again, we have the abbreviated Creationist version of the latest episode of Cosmos :)

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How Bill Nye Changed the World

His questionable decision to debate Creationist Ken Ham notwithstanding, here’s an excellent video of how Bill Nye became “the Science Guy”:

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At Purity Balls, Christian Dads Get Really Involved With Their Daughters’ Virginity — and Become Their ‘Boyfriends’

Tonight at 9:00 (ET) on Nightline Prime, ABC will be broadcasting a program about so-called Purity Balls. They’re like debutante balls (gowns and tiaras are everywhere) except that the central event is a virginity pledge that teenage girls swear to God — and to dad.

Last fall, the ABC team attended “the Super Bowl of Purity Balls” at the regal Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, five dozen fathers signed a purity covenant, promising “before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity.” But of course it’s really the girls who pledge — abstinence.

As the father of two pre-teen kids (both girls), I hope that, when they’re old enough, they’ll be very choosy — that is, discerning — with their sex partners. But I can’t imagine being involved (and invested) in their virginity to the extent that the parents attending the Broadmoor affair are. To each his or her own, but the notion that a young woman is somehow diminished in value once she’s had sex seems pretty misogynistic to me.

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Religious School Revokes Admission of Student After Finding Out He’s Gay

Chase Martinson shouldn’t have had any problems when he decided to return to nursing school at Missouri’s Hannibal-LaGrange University after some time off. But there were problems… for two reasons.

1) Hannibal-LaGrange University is a Southern Baptist-affiliated school.

2) Chase came out publicly as gay.

Hannibal-LaGrange University can’t handle students who deviate from their student handbook — page 27 of which forbids students from even “appearing” gay. But what makes their bigotry even juicier is how excited they appeared to be to invite Chase back to their school before they found out about his orientation…

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