South Dakota Bill That Would Have Allowed Teachers to Promote Intelligent Design in School is Killed by Its Sponsor

Last week, South Dakota legislators proposed Senate Bill 112, a bill that would allow teachers to preach Intelligent Design despite the fact that it’s essentially synonymous with pushing religion in the classroom:

In short, the law — sponsored by over a dozen Republicans — would make it legal for teachers to push ID without punishment.

However, today, the bill’s main sponsor, Jeff Monroe, said he was scrapping the legislation because, as one reporter put it, “it was badly written”:

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Ken Ham: The Debate Audience Wasn’t All White! There Were At Least Two Dark-Skinned People There!

Creationist Ken Ham is not happy with Time magazine (so, hey, we have that in common) because of how one of their bloggers characterized the audience for Tuesday night’s debate against Bill Nye:

2 minutes [into the debate]. Nye, in his signature bowtie, and Ham, with his Aussie accent, hop on stage, shake hands, and ready themselves behind their respective Apple laptops (only Nye’s has stickers). Nye stands on the left. Ham is on the right. The cameras pan to an all-white audience.

Ham is upset because the audience was totally not just white people and he quotes one of the commenters on Time‘s website to prove it:

All-white audience? In the second row there was a distinguished-looking man with very dark skin, and in the third row was another African-American man. I didn’t have to look any further than the first three rows to know that the Time reporter was dead wrong. See for yourself at a recording of the debate, found at www.debatelive.org . Makes me wonder if I can really trust this writer and her observational skills. I wonder, too, if Time.com will now place a “sic” next to the obviously wrong claim. So, editor, will you please?

A few thoughts about this:

Elizabeth Dias, the Time writer, was live-blogging the debate using the livestream. I was doing the same thing, and when I saw the camera pan across the audience, I noticed the lack of diversity, too:



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Pope Francis, Now In Dark Chocolate. Bill Donohue To Explode in 5, 4, 3….

You may remember that in in 2005, Italian-Canadian sculptor Cosimo Cavallaro crafted a life-size chocolate Jesus that greatly offended Catholic League grandstander Bill Donohue. Donohue told Cavallaro that the artwork was ”one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,” and added, ”You’re lucky I’m not like the Taliban, because you would lose more than your head.”

Donohue had better break out the nitroglycerin pills again, because artist Mirco Della Vecchia just rendered another Catholic figurehead in chocolate.



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Bob Jones University Breaks with GRACE, Prematurely Ending Investigation into the School’s Culture of Sexual Abuse

How do you deal with your school’s reputation for astronomical levels of unchecked sexual abuse? Probably the first step is to try to find out what’s causing the situation so you know what needs fixing — right?

Nah, that’s just silly. We’ll pray instead.

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In an article I’m not even going to try to top, and will really recommend you check out for yourself, journalist John Shore‘s report on the situation at Bob Jones University. In a nutshell:

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Virginia Legislators Make the Right Call and Abandon Bill to Legalize Prayer During School Events

It was just over a week ago when we were talking about a Virginia bill, Senate Bill No. 236, that would legalize student-led, administration-supported proselytizing at football games, during morning announcements, graduation ceremonies, and anywhere else where students had a public forum.

The Senate passed the bill on a 20-18 vote, and it passed through a House Committee on Education earlier this week.

To my shock — especially since Republicans have a sizable majority in the House — the bill hit a wall when it got to the House Courts of Justice subcommittee on constitutional law. Turns out letting students use every public forum provided by the school as an opportunity to proselytize isn’t such a great idea after all…

The highlight of the debate may have been when delegates were listening to the warnings of ACLU of Virginia director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga (below):



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