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Shermer’s take on creationists

If you've never heard of Michael Shermer, then I highly recommend you read his book The Science of Good and Evil, as well as Why people Believe Weird Things. He's the editor of Skeptics Magazine, and he's a passionate advocate of reason. Lately, Michael has been visiting different creationists trying to understand their points of view. Michael is a former Evangelical Christian, so he is familiar with the ki ...

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The unintended hilarity of creationists

Don't you just love the Internet? Everyone on this planet has an opinion, and we have access to billions of different ones in all different languages. The Internet is just like real life; it's filled with plenty of crap, a plethora of porn, and it's also populated by some truly wacky and unintentionally hilarious people. Take for example this website called ScienceagainstEvolution.org. The site looks like G ...

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New Scientist sees through the deception in Texas

There's more info from the New Scientist about the proposed changes to the science textbooks over in Texas, and it doesn't look too promising. The Board voted to completely remove the age of the universe from the textbooks, and more importantly, they claimed students will not be penalized if they subscribe to a specific opinion on science. In other words, if a student answers on a test that the earth is 600 ...

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Don’t be a Turkey!

Turkey is a strange country. In the 1920s, a military commander, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, started the Turkish national movement after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and formed the country now known as Turkey. He made special provisions to make the country secular, in order to prevent the Islamic church from wrestling control away from him. Like in the United States, the population is highly religious, and ...

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Texas teacher fired for atheism and liberal attitudes

I know I have fans who live in Texas, so I don't want any of you to be too offended when I say it's a seriously messed up place. The latest bit of bad news comes from Brookland, where a teacher by the name of Richard Mullens was fired because parents and other faculty members thought he was an atheist, and way too 'liberal'. There's no indication he's an atheist, and Mr. Mullens has chosen to keep his relig ...

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Texas School Board holding public hearing on evolution

When you read this phrase, undoubtedly, like me, the first thing that comes to mind is "why would you hold a public hearing on evolution? And why would you do this in Texas of all places?". I personally loath these joke hearings meant to ask the public what they want taught in their schools. It's not really up to them. Strange as that may seem to some, education standards are not decided by the general publ ...

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Town split over teacher who burned crosses into students’ arms

From MSNBC.com Demonstrations on the town square show how divided people are over the school board's decision to fire a science teacher accused of preaching his Christian beliefs in the classroom and burning crosses on students' arms. John Freshwater, 52, was fired last month after an outside consulting firm released a report concluding that he taught creationism and was insubordinate in failing to remove a ...

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Intelligent Design tries to make a comeback

Just when you were hoping Intelligent Design had gone the way of the Dodo bird, a small town school board always seems to become mired in the controversy. This time, it's the Chesterfield County School District in Virginia, which, in its school memoranda, has decided that it wants students to 'expand their knowledge through research, to debate the concepts as presented, and to develop their creative and ind ...

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Sex scandal at Creation Museum

So, the Creation Museum, still so new to the world, is already getting embroiled in a sex scandal. An actor who appeared as Adam in a video the museum uses to help tell their story of how the universe was created also has or had a little risqué website on the side. The site shows some rather graphic photos and promotes a 'free love' attitude. The horror. This, of course, has gotten the officials at the Muse ...

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Crippled by fear, UK schools strike events from history class

By now, we've all heard of cases where religion has tried to insert its alternative, often deleterious, truths into science classrooms and textbooks in the US. If this hasn't confused students about the facts, it certainly has presented a perplexing message about how to uncover truths. On the side of evolution, we find an appeal to relentless observation and questioning, whereas on the side of creationism, ...

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