May 5, 2017

When my wife and I testified against HB 1485 before the House Education Committee at the State Capital, there were a number of other witnesses who’s comments need to be noted, addressed, and corrected. When the bill’s author, Representative Valoree Swanson says she wants to provide “academic freedom” for teachers, what she really means is that she does NOT want teachers held to academic accountability. People of integrity should know better than to assert as fact that which is not… Read more

May 4, 2017

As I explained in a previous post, the Texas State Board of Education recently considered including language in their science standards that would have allowed teachers to cite anti-science apologetics whenever they didn’t want to teach real science. So instead of teaching evolution, teachers could promote their own personal belief in creationism instead. The Republican party also has a doctrinal obligation to deny environmental science, including climate change: whether to excuse responsibility for anything we do, (which seems to be… Read more

May 1, 2017

A couple weeks ago, my wife, Lilandra and I once again testified before the Texas State Board of Education. They were still considering including language in the science standards that was designed to undermine teaching of evolution. This language would have encouraged ignorant teachers to cite anti-science apologetics instead of teaching anyone what the theory is or the evidence for it. Lilandra and I testified in opposition to an overwhelming collection of creationists, but we were pleasantly surprised that the… Read more

April 26, 2017

Earlier this month at a candidate’s forum, San Antonio’s Mayor Ivy Taylor, may or may not have had atheists specifically in mind when she speculated on the roots of systemic poverty. Although she didn’t specifically mention atheists, she definitely linked poverty to a lack of relationship with the Christian god, specifically. Early voting for municipal elections is now underway in San Antonio and Election Day is May 6, 2017.  Mayor Taylor was appointed in 2014 to replace the Obama Administration’s… Read more

April 25, 2017

I think it’s funny that the media are just now announcing “breaking news” about Homo floresiensis that I had already explained exactly six years ago; from 5:38-7:04. Read more

April 20, 2017

On April 18th, I was in Austin to testify once again before our infamous Texas State Board of Education. Lilandra and I felt alone in that crowd of creationists. It was disheartening to see so many people repeating such easily refutable falsehoods as fact. But it is even worse to see organizations determined to exploit the language of the science standards to allow teachers to misrepresent evolution, abiogenesis, climate science and so on, and to replace factual lessons with fraudulent… Read more

April 16, 2017

How would the situation have changed if David Dao had given up his seat for United crewmembers as he was ordered to? Let’s start with the obvious. Obviously, he wouldn’t have gotten manhandled by airport police. Though the violence used to remove an elderly man wasn’t justified.  Yes. He wouldn’t now require surgery. In an hourlong news conference that touched on race, policing and airline manners, a lawyer for the passenger dragged off a United flight on Sunday listed his client’s injuries:… Read more

April 12, 2017

On March 3rd, “Street Epistemologist” Anthony Magnabosco invited me to join him at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to see a debate between one of their apologists and the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Turns out this was the start of an apologetics conference called “Stand Firm”. Which of course, I interpret as “be unreasonable”. Because that’s what apologetics is, making up excuses to defend the faith against all reason: to rationalize or justify a faith-based position while systematically dismissing any and all… Read more

April 7, 2017

Yesterday I happened to run into an associate from my former job. He and I worked together at a company very similar to The Incredibles’ Insuricare for at least a decade or so, and we both quit at about the same time. Amusingly, we’re about the same age, and the last couple of years have been much the same for both us. He and I both traveled to a number of different countries, albeit advocating opposite messages. While I was… Read more

April 4, 2017

The Texas Freedom Network notified me that our State Board of Education is once again attempting to insert language into the science standards of public schools that would allow creationist teachers to mislead their students–about evoltion and related aspects of the natural origin and development of biodiversity. The TFN asked me to email my concerns about that to the board. Here is what I said: First, referring to: §112.34. Biology, Adopted 2017 (c) Knowledge and skills, we find (9)(D) we… Read more

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