A Creationist Politician Will Now Oversee Education-Related Legislation in Arizona

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) is one of those people who have no business making decisions on behalf of other people because she rejects reality and wants to push her religious on everybody else.

More than five years ago, she said Earth was only 6,000 years old during a discussion about uranium mining in the state:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Examines Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Twitter

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet — and, really, what are you waiting for?! — be warned: Spoilers ahead. Nothing too major, but there you go.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, who caught the movie over the weekend, found a few parts that stood out, as he explained in a series of both humorous and serious tweets.

Some were less problematic plot-wise:

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Only a Weird, Cherry-Picked Version of the Data Shows That Religion Is Uniformly Good For Kids

Does religion poison everything, per Christopher Hitchens?

W. Bradford Wilcox (below), director of the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, begs to differ, he writes in the Washington Post.


On average, religion is a clear force for good when it comes to family unity and the welfare of children — the most important aspects of our day-to-day lives.

Wilcox is careful not to attack secularists, and readily sums up some points that bolster our case, not his:

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Is Wearing a Hijab Really the Best Way to Show Support for Oppressed Muslim Women?

Last week, Wheaton College Professor Larycia Hawkins was suspended for saying Muslims and Christians believed in the same God. She did that in a Facebook post in which she also wore a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims.

Several students at the college later boosted her message by wearing hijabs of their own during their flights home for winter break. This form of activism is only the most recent in which hijabs are worn in support of what Muslims are facing.

But in a powerful piece for the Washington Post, Asra Q. Nomani (you remember her) and Hala Arafa argue that putting on a hijab to show support for oppressed Muslims, while admirable in spirit, is precisely what we shouldn’t be doing.

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Somehow, a Kickstarter Project to Protect You from Spooky “Signals” is Nearing Its Funding Goal

Have you ever heard how signals are harmful?

What signals, you ask? All sorts of signals. Wi-fi signals. Microwave signals. Cell phone signals. Electromagnetic waves. They’re evil.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had a shield to protect me”?

Well, you haven’t, because you know that’d be a bullshit claim.

But a lot of gullible people have, and someone’s trying to take advantage of them on Kickstarter, where two guys who won’t even tell you their names have already raised more than $13,000 of their $20,000 goal to create “Shield: The World’s First Signal Proof Headwear“:

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