Secular victory: No tax breaks for Ken Ham’s Ark Park

In a victory for science, secular values, and the separation of church and state, Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of $18 million in tax breaks for Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark theme park.The good news means Kentucky taxpayers will not be forced to subsidize an evolution denying Creationist theme park being built by Christian fundamentalists hoping to indoctrinate children with ignorant, discredited religious superstitions.Kentucky Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project has evo … [Read more...]

Bill Nye on religious superstition: Fear of death makes people ‘nutty’

Bill Nye

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” speculates on why people embrace religious superstitions like creationism, noting that the fear of death “makes all of us a little nutty.”Speaking with Big Think, Nye opined that people favor creationism over the theory of evolution because they simply cannot accept the finality of death: “The problem is the same thing that allows us to recognize patterns to imagine shapes and things and routes and ways to get things done before we actually start doing those things … [Read more...]

Deepak Chopra and the failure of Quantum Mysticism

Suffering from conceptual confusion and metaphysical mental cramps, Deepak Chopra argues for an empty god in a vain attempt to preserve the superstitions of the theist.Promoting his new book, The Future of God, Chopra, writing for Huffington Post, argues that god makes more sense than atheism. He is wrong. In fact, properly understood, many of Chopra’s assertions serve as arguments for atheism and against theism.What is god?Chopra says: “God is a journey in consciousness.” But wait, t … [Read more...]

Marlo Thomas tells Today Show: ‘It’s not a miracle, it’s science’

Marlo Thomas

Giving credit where credit is due: Marlo Thomas corrects Today Show host by explaining that boy’s cancer cure was not the result of a miracle, but science.On Wednesday’s edition of the Today Show, Marlo Thomas made an appearance with Colin Hayward Toland and his family to discuss how they discovered Colin had a brain tumor at two years old, and how after an emotional recovery, he is now cancer-free after receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Introducing the live seg … [Read more...]

Catholic Bishops claim tetanus vaccines sterilize women

Catholic Bishops in Kenya are pushing a wild conspiracy theory, claiming vaccines for tetanus contain a stealth ingredient that renders women of childbearing age sterile.Earlier this week, the Bishops of Kenya issued a statement claiming a clandestine population control program disguised as a tetanus vaccine program was being run by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.On Tuesday (Nov.11), the Kenyan Bishops appeared before the parliamentary health committee claiming they had tested … [Read more...]

Lawrence Krauss: Religion could disappear in a generation

Lawrence Krauss

Too good to be true? Renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss suggests religion could disappear in the span of a single generation.Appearing in front of the Victorian Skeptics earlier this year, Krauss was asked what he thought about religion being taught in public schools. Krauss responded by advocating for the teaching of comparative religion.Krauss said: What we need to do is present comparative religion as a bunch of interesting historical anecdotes, and show the silly reasons … [Read more...]

Pope Francis chastises creationists, says ‘God is not a magician’

Pope Francis declares that evolution and the Big Bang theory are correct, and urges his fellow Christians to accept the truth of modern science.Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences yesterday, Francis reasserted church teaching that the Big Bang theory and evolution can be consistent with a biblical account of creation, and that they are essential for any understanding of nature and God.The following is an excerpt from that address: When we read in Genesis the account of … [Read more...]

Televangelist ‘cures’ Ebola by Speaking in Tongues

Popular televangelist Kenneth Copeland “slays the demon virus Ebola” by speaking in tongues.Claiming to be commissioned by God to “take authority” over Ebola, Copeland released his "special" message on Oct. 18, during a meeting in Sacramento, Calif., at Faith Community Church.The following is an excerpt (sans the gibberish) of Copeland ordering the "murderous demon virus" Ebola to bow down before Jesus: and by blessing, we destroy this murderous demon virus...…Faith begins to shrink … [Read more...]