After Texas Parents Complain That “Lebanon High School” Isn’t Very Patriotic, It Gets a New Name (Kind of…)

Last month, we learned that parents in Frisco, Texas were raising hell over a new local high school’s name: “Lebanon High School.”

The argument was that they didn’t want the school to share its name with a Middle East nation… even though the origin of the name in this case was the community of farmers who lived in the area before Frisco was established. (Indeed, there was a Lebanon School in the area that closed in 1947.)

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Did Charles Darwin Recant Evolution on His Deathbed?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the rumor that Charles Darwin recanted evolution on his deathbed.



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Imprisoned Five Percenter, Practicing a Wacky Faith, Demands the Freedom To Read His Religious Texts

Kevin Harris‘ religion deserves brickbats and derision, as well as all the rights to which the Constitution entitles him.

He is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam more commonly known as the Five Percenters, which was founded in New York in the 1960s. The group promotes black empowerment and teaches that black men are Gods. …

The Nation of Gods and Earths teaches that only 5 percent of the population knows and teaches the truth. Ten percent conspire to hide the truth, are devils and enslave the poor. The rest, 85 percent, have not yet received knowledge. Its philosophy has been included in the lyrics of hip-hop music by such artists as Busta Rhymes and Wu Tang Clan.

Harris, who is behind bars for a 1993 murder, alleges in a new lawsuit that, in 2013, prison officials confiscated religious literature “necessary to the practice of my religion” from his cell. His pleas to get the “contraband” texts back have fallen on deaf ears.



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It’s a Miracle!



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South Dakota Legislator: Evolution is “Racist, Counter-Scientific, Faith-Based and Blind to the Self-Evident”

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a bill proposed by South Dakota legislators — Senate Bill 114 — that would allow Creationism and climate change-denial to make their way into public school classrooms.

The bill would:

… create an environment within all elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific subjects taught in curriculum and coursework

That all sounds well and good… until you get to this part:

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