Alabama House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill That Will Put Ten Commandments Displays in Public Schools

Last week, we learned that Alabama State Rep. Duwayne Bridges (R, obviously) was sponsoring a bill that would allow public display of the Ten Commandments:

House Bill 45 would amend the state Constitution to say:

Property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of a public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in this state is not restrained or abridged. The civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person shall be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious belief. No public funds may be expended in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

The Ten Commandments shall be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body.

The legality of these displays is sure to be questioned now that the House has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change:

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Fatwa Committee Forbids Muslims From Participating In Mars Exploration; It Would Be ‘Similar To Suicide’

Muslims may not go on hazardous deep-space flights. That’s official, inasmuch as a fatwa issued by a committee in the United Arab Emirates can make it so.

The committee issued its religious ruling after weighing the pros and cons of a manned flight to Mars.

“There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.” Whoever opts for this “hazardous trip”, the committee said, is likely to perish for no “righteous reason,” and thus will be liable to a “punishment [in the hereafter] similar to that of suicide.”



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Bill Maher Speaks About the Gospel of ‘I Don’t Know’ with Alabama Reporter

Dan Carsen, an education reporter for WBHM radio in Alabama, interviewed Bill Maher in anticipation of his show in Birmingham this weekend, and the full audio interview is now available online.



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Your Move, Creationists

Michael Mosley says, at BBC News,

Over the last couple of months I have been deliberately infecting myself with a range of parasites in an attempt to understand more about these fascinating creatures. Perhaps the greatest surprise is the extent to which parasites are able to subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) manipulate their host to their advantage.



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Texas Attorney General Candidate Thinks His Moment of Silence Bill Made it Possible for Kids to Pray in School

Here’s how good it is to be Dan Branch: You can run for Attorney General of Texas while running a campaign ad in which you tout your role in passing a mandatory moment of silence bill which you even admit is all about “… our faith and our relationship with The Almighty.” In other words, the potential legal advisor to the state passed a law that, one could argue, is unconstitutional.



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