Ken Ham Defends His Theme Park’s Discriminatory Hiring Practices by Posting Support Letters from Children

Creationist Ken Ham still doesn’t understand why the state of Kentucky rescinded potential tax breaks from his Ark Encounter theme park.

The short explanation is that the park — a for-profit business — was discriminating in its hiring. You can’t do that if you want the subsidies.

But that hasn’t stopped Ham from filing a lawsuit against the state.

Today, Ham defended his position by posting letters from children urging Governor Steve Beshear to allow proselytizing and discriminatory hiring because… Jesus.

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Document Shows Egyptian Atheist Received Prison Sentence for Denying Miracles and Supporting LGBT Rights

In 2013, 20-year-old Sherif Gaber was arrested for starting a Facebook group about religion. His own post on the subject explained his deconversion:

I started to see the contradictions between the Quran and scientific facts, and day by day for 2 years after searching and reading I knew the truth. Then I became an atheist and hid it for a few months. Then I admit it despite knowing that I might get killed any moment…

Even though I’m not afraid to say I’m an atheist to everyone who asks about my religion… To die for the truth is much much better to live in a lie!

Last month, we learned that the now-22-year-old Suez Canal University student was outed by his classmates, who told the school President, who in turn “filed a legal complaint against the student to the local prosecution on the grounds of contempt of religion.”

He was sentenced to one year in jail for his “crime”:



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Pat Robertson Advises Parents to Skip Their Gay Child’s Wedding

What the hashtag for problems that only Christians seem to have? Because this “ethical dilemma,” with a parent debating whether or not to attend the wedding of her child because it’s a same-sex ceremony, just doesn’t exist in my world:

Good thing we have Pat Robertson to set us straight:

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Three Kids Died In a Traffic Accident In Front of Their Mom, But No Worries: God Suffers and Empathizes

Picture this:

A mother and her three children were walking to the grocery store. They waited for the crosswalk sign to signal that it was safe to cross the street. But it wasn’t safe. A driver ran the red light, severely injuring the mother, and killing her three children.

That unfathomable tragedy happened in Adam Ericksen‘s community not long ago. Ericksen, a progressive Christian, blogs at Patheos’ catchily-named Teaching Nonviolent Atonement, and he wrote about the accident with lots of obvious compassion. In fact, that’s part of his point: the way to react to such a local disaster is by mourning with others, and by showing empathy to the bereaved. And I don’t disagree with him.

But there is a theological response that I find extremely pernicious. In the face of such tragedies, many people claim God’s sovereignty in a harmful manner. They say things like, “God is in control,” or “It’s part of God’s plan,” or “Everything happens for a reason.” But after experiencing tragedies like the one that struck my community, I can no longer believe in that notion of God’s sovereignty.

That’s… promising.



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Justice Department Recently Hired American Imam Fouad ElBayly, Who Wanted Ayaan Hirsi Ali Put to Death

Is anybody minding the store over there?

An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison.

According to federal spending records, Fouad ElBayly, the imam at Islamic Center of Johnstown in Pennsylvania, was contracted by the DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons beginning last year to teach the classes to Muslim inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD. The records show that ElBayly has two contracts worth $12,900 to teach the classes and to provide the inmates “leadership and guidance.”

ElBayly first received media attention almost eight years ago, when, as the imam at the Islamic Center of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he raised hell about a scheduled appearance of Hirsi Ali at the University of Pittsburgh. He called her “poisonous” and wanted her banned from speaking. Then he defended killing apostates like her:



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