The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be denied

Either this Alaskan permafrost is melting due to climate change, or else it is deliberately choosing to melt as part of the design -- the grand "game plan" of a "global warming fraud" intended to produce the big government secretly desired by the malicious Arctic soil.

We can disagree about all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons. And quite often, we can amicably "agree to disagree," accepting that both of us are acting in good faith. But as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher recently noted, the reality of climate change is not such a dispute. Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, recently spoke to a group of his constituents about this, noting that this dispute does not allow for the possibility of a disagreement in good faith: Just so you know, global … [Read more...]

8 more things that are older than Adam


Ken Ham and other young-Earth creationists maintain that the universe is about 6,000 years old. (They claim the Bible says this. Go check and see if it actually does. I'll wait.) Here are eight more things that wouldn't exist if what Ken Ham says were true. 1. A 45,000-year-old hand axe found on Crete. Archaeologists found it while searching for "tools employed by seafaring people who had plied nearby waters some 11,000 years ago." So instead of finding human tools twice as old as Ken … [Read more...]

Why Millennials are leaving the church


There's been quite a bit of response to Rachel Held Evans' CNN piece last week on "Why Millennials are leaving the church," so allow me to chime in here. Why are young people leaving the church? Very often, it's because the church lied to them. Specifically, it's often because the church lied to them about the age of the Earth. Many young Christians have been reared to believe that this concept of creation is a virtual article of faith that represents the biblical teaching. Those young … [Read more...]

Ignorance loves company: Four examples

Ignorance loves company. The truly stupid resent those who are not and won't be satisfied until they've burned all the books, torn down the libraries, closed the universities, and made it impossible for anyone else not to share their own proud ignorance. Example No. 1. It's hard to overstate the loss of knowledge that this bill would bring about. We wouldn't know the unemployment rate or how many people are working. We wouldn't know how many people are in the workforce, or enrolled in … [Read more...]

Senators clarify the terms of the disagreement

With Hollywood's wizardry and George Soros' money behind it, the special effects making the climate-change hoax look real have been especially convincing. (Getty Images photo of a drought-stricken field in Illinois by Scott Olson.)

Meanwhile in the "greatest deliberative body in the world," the Environment and Public Works Committee met recently, allowing senators to take a break from doing nothing about gun safety by instead doing nothing about climate change. Given the chasm between their opposing views on climate change, I thought this exchange between independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma was remarkably civil. The senators succeeded in clarifying the terms of their … [Read more...]

Mourning with those who mourn

Is insulin just a crutch that Christians use to cope with diabetes instead of relying on Jesus?

This is an old post from Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog, but they recently re-posted it on their RSS feed: "Should Christians Take Antidepressants?" That headline is infuriatingly stupid. The subhed for the post is even worse: "Medication can help, but it can also hinder our reliance on Christ." This is cruel and ignorant. And when ignorance strikes a pious pose of sanctimony, that makes it worse, not better. No pious jackasses sit around pondering "Should Christians … [Read more...]

7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe


Young-earth creationists say that the universe is 6,000 years old. Scientists say the universe is around 14 billion years old. Young-earth creationists say this is because scientists are part of a vast, nefarious conspiracy designed to cast doubt on the literal words of a literal Bible by the evil practice of measuring and counting things. I'm not a scientist, but I am part of this conspiracy (the only way to make such a conspiracy work is to include all sorts of non-scientists -- doctors, … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day … science!


• Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice. And some say in supervolcanic eruptions, fungal outbreaks, y-ray bursts, or submarine landslides. • "Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface." • Am I linking to Christie Wilcox's Scientific American article just for the headline? No, it's an encouraging story about a medical refinement that will help sick people get better. But the headline is pretty terrific, too. • "Japan plans … [Read more...]