Bill Nye Speaks About His Debate Against Creationist Ken Ham

Bill Nye the Science Guy was the keynote speaker at this year’s The Amazing Meeting, and video of his talk is finally online. He spoke at length about his debate with Creationist Ken Ham:

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An Indian State Just Found a Way to Make Blasphemy Laws Look Lenient

You thought blasphemy laws were bad? According to a new law in the Indian state of Karnataka, officials can arrest you before you’ve even done anything that might be considered blasphemous.

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Will Child-Abusing Former Nuncio Receive Secular Justice in the Vatican? Dominicans Aren’t Holding Their Breath

Since we last wrote about Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (below), almost a year ago, he’s been through some changes. You may recall that Wesolowski, the papal nuncio (ambassador) to the Dominican Republic, was recalled to Rome after allegations surfaced that he’d been sexually abusing Dominican boys for years.

True to its word, the Catholic Church began an investigation into the archbishop’s sordid past. Two months ago, that probe reached its conclusion:

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How Not to Be an Atheist Asshole

The folks at Absence of Clothing have some advice for all of us:

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“In God We Trust” Signs Will Go Up in Isle of Wight (VA) Schools

In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature passed a bill saying that all public schools had to put the statement “In God We Trust” somewhere where everyone could see it. They didn’t even refer to it as the “national motto” until later versions of the bill, which suggests this was all about pushing religion in the schools and had little to do with patriotism.

In Isle of Wight, school district officials say they were unaware of the legislation. (Like many bills that push religion in schools, the politicians don’t really care about enforcement; they just want to be able to say to voters that they were able to pass the legislation.) But they’re aware of it now. They received a donation of signs from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars and plan to put them up when the school year begins:

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