Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Perfect Response to a First Grader Who Wants to Know How She Can Help the Earth

And the award for Most Adorable Interaction Between an Astrophysicist and a First Grader goes to these two:



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BYU Expels Ex-Mormons Who Still Attend the School, but This Group is Looking to Change That

It makes sense that, if you attend a private religious school and lose your faith along the way, you shouldn’t go there anymore. It’s never that simple, though. What if your parents are paying your tuition because you go to that school? What if you’re in too deep with your major and transferring schools would [Read More…]

Congressional Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military Gets Contentious

Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel.

You can now watch the hearing online. Weinstein begins speaking at the 25:18 mark, and his prepared remarks are here:



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Why is Richard Dawkins Doubling Down on His Previous Statements?

By now, you’ve no doubt read the interview with Jaden and Willow Smith. The kids, born into wealth to famous parents, gave laugh-out-loud answers to the New York Times and clearly thought they were way more intelligent than they actually sounded. Instead of coming across as above it all, it’s clear they’re not even in the same realm as the rest of us:

You mentioned breathing earlier, and it’s also an idea that recurs in your songs.

WILLOW: Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.

JADEN: When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.

WILLOW: Prana energy.

JADEN: It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.

WILLOW: When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world.

JADEN: By the chemicals and things, and then slowly…

WILLOW: As they grow up, they start losing.

JADEN: You know, they become just like us.

They’re 14 and 16 and they sound like they just graduated from the Deepak Chopra School of Bullshit. (Or a place that preaches Scientology…)

I bring this up because it reminded me of Richard Dawkins.



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Texas Board of Education Delays Vote to Approve Textbooks Full of Revisionist History

You may recall that the Texas State Board of Education was considering the adoption of revisionist history textbooks that might as well have been written by Christian pseudohistorian David Barton.

The Texas Freedom Network commissioned a review of the books and you can read their report right here:



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