8 Things I Learned from Reading an Article about the Institute for Creation Research

The Dallas Morning News just ran a feature on the Institute for Creation Research, where Texas Creationists go to do… um… whatever it is they do.

Let me share with you everything I learned from the piece:

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Alabama County Commissioner Wants to Put Up a Ten Commandments Display at the Local Courthouse

More than a decade ago, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore installed a giant Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse in the dead of night. When he was told to remove it, he said no, eventually defying other courts’ orders and becoming a Fake Christian Martyr in the process. Eventually the eight other justices on the Supreme Court ruled that the monument had to go — and not long after that, Moore was removed from his seat altogether. (Though, in 2012, he was re-elected to Chief Justice.)

He’s pretty much the perfect example of why religion and politics shouldn’t mix. He lost credibility when he decided to put his faith above the very law he swore to protect. And why place your trust in a judge who doesn’t seem to give a damn what the law says?

That’s also why we should be concerned about Jackson County (AL) Commission member Tim Guffey, who wants to put up his own Ten Commandments monument in the local courthouse. In order to avoid Moore’s fate, though, Guffey is disguising his true intentions:

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Jehovah’s Witness Publication Urges Faithful to Treat Disfellowshipped Loved Ones as if God Killed Them

In case you need another reminder that Jehovah’s Witnesses can be heartless, just look at the latest issue of The Watchtower:

One of the articles brings up the story of Nadab and Abihu, the children of Aaron who disobeyed God and were killed because of it. In the Bible, the priests (including Aaron) are told not to mourn the sons’ deaths because that would be seen as a rebuke against God’s wishes.

Here’s what The Watchtower says about that story (p. 14):

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Brevard County (FL) Officials May Block Atheists from Giving an Invocation Since They’re Not a “Faith-Based” Group

Since Greece v Galloway, I’ve posted a number of examples of atheists delivering invocations at city council meetings. It’s a natural result of the Supreme Court’s decision: they ruled that sectarian prayers were allowed at government meetings, but that also meant no group, including atheists, could be excluded.

The Brevard County Commissioners in Florida (below) have a different interpretation of the law. They believe that invocations can rightfully be limited to “faith-based” groups — to hell with the atheists.



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In Georgia, an Atheist and a Christian Stage a Public Dialogue at a Local Bar

Justin Mullinix, an atheist from Georgia, recently volunteered to sit down with Will Dyer, a local pastor, in front of a large crowd at a bar and answer questions from the audience. It wasn’t a debate. It wasn’t confrontational. It was just a chance for everyone to watch a civil dialogue about serious differences in opinion:



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