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The State of Louisiana versus science: the saga continues

Remember when Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal mocked the very idea of monitoring volcanic activity?
And when Louisiana adopted a law that no public school teacher could be disciplined or fired for teaching an “alternative theory” (for example, creationism) to evolution?
And when Jindal’s administration tried to provide state-funded vouchers for students to attend schools that teach [...]

A “fabricated” wall of separation?

Staying on the topic of freedom of expression, Monday’s Roanoke Times features an article about Erik Estrada (of the 70s-80s TV series CHiPs) appearing at a local church to screen a movie he produced and stars in called “Uncommon.”
According to the film’s website:
Those who seek to indoctrinate our kids with the message that God is [...]

The emancipation sequence

Further to Sarka’s excellent piece taking apart Christina Odone’s lament about religious beliefs not being given their due weight in public life, I’d like to draw attention to this in the SkepticLawyer:-
Christina Odone, former deputy editor of The New Statesman, in the course of arguing that religious believers are being pushed out of public life [...]

Outbreak of sanity in Uni shock!

The London School of Economics (LSE) has today issued a long-awaited apology to students Chris Moos and Abhishek Phandis, representatives of the student Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (LSEASH), who wore t-shirts featuring the popular Jesus and Mo cartoon at the SU Freshers’ Fair on 3 October, and who were asked to cover their t-shirts [...]

Three reasons why Pope Francis is kind of cool

1. His criticisms of “unfettered capitalism” and “idolatry of money” in a recent document had Rush Limbaugh sputtering about “pure Marxisim.”
(In fact, other recent popes– most notably John Paul II– have said many of the same things about capitalism while advocating social democratic economic policies. The difference seems to be that Francis is putting more [...]

An exceptional act of courage

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a Democratic Secular Iran

In the Islamic Apartheid Republic of Iran, all religious minorities have been made into second class citizens. Even Shiites who adhere to a different interpretation of the faith than the official state ideology have been victims. However, one can say without a shadow of doubt that [...]

Not a chance

David Young, a candidate for the Republican nomination for US senator from Iowa, said that if he was elected, “he would invite New York Senator Chuck Schumer to lunch so that he could share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Young is not exactly a fringe character. He is the chief of staff to Iowa’s current [...]

Barbarians at the gate? Lord Sacks on atheism

This article in the Spectator starts with a straw man – the atheist who acknowledges no middle ground between Biblical literalism and non-belief:
Future intellectual historians will look back with wonder at the strange phenomenon of seemingly intelligent secularists in the 21st century believing that if they could show that the first chapters of Genesis are [...]

“Do you thank the Lord?”

I guess CNN’s Wolf Blitzer won’t be asking that question again after this encounter with Oklahoma tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun– who handled the moment well.

Vitsmun fled her home in Moore with her 19-month-old son moments before the tornado flattened it.

Still stupid after all these months [see update]

After Barack Obama’s reelection last November, Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal declared that the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party.”
“… It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” he said. “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say [...]