South Carolina State Senator Stops Evolution Standard from Being Adopted Because He’d Rather ‘Teach the Controversy’

The way it works in South Carolina, the state Board of Education and the state’s Education Oversight Committee have to agree on new educational standards before they’re adopted for the public schools to implement. On Monday night, the BOE adopted new science standards, which is all well and good… but the EOC refused to approve the following clause:

Conceptual Understanding: Biological evolution occurs primarily when natural selection acts on the genetic variation in a population and changes the distribution of traits in that population over multiple generations.

Performance Indicators: Students who can demonstrate this understanding can:

Analyze and interpret data, using the principles of natural selection, to make predictions about the long term biological changes that occur within two populations of the same species that become geographically isolated from one another.

Why wouldn’t they approve it? Ask State Sen. Mike Fair:



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A Chaplain Is Saddened by the Oklahoma Hospital Story, and Has a Question For You

Tim Mayhall is a chaplain at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. In my brief interactions with him yesterday, I got the impression that he’s earnest and committed to the job he loves, and that he finds it easy to make common ground with non-believers. He sees a lot of pain and fear, being that as a chaplain, he covers emergency and trauma, as well as surgical intensive care. Inevitably, some of the people he helps care for are atheists and agnostics.

Mayhall got in touch after reading the articles on this site about the Ardmore, Oklahoma Catholic hospital where a receptionist told non-believer clients that atheists shouldn’t be allowed to procreate.

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Bill Nye on the Joy of Discovery

You know, when you set Bill Nye‘s words to music and beautiful images, I’m almost tempted to rewatch his entire debate against Ken Ham



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It’s Time for God to Get Some Rest

The Onion reveals the breaking news: We had to pull the plug on God:

I’m sure the story will be updated throughout the night.

(Thanks to GodVlogger for the link!)

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Defining Atheism: An Excerpt from The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is an extensive (and pricey) reference book, aimed at academics, covering the history of (western) atheism and describing the intersection of godlessness with various academic disciplines.

In the excerpt below, reprinted with permission of the publisher, editor Stephen Bullivant writes about defining atheism:

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