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On Monday, the Tennessee state legislature passed legislation that requires public schools to teach the “ controversy ” over evolution, global warming, and human cloning: The Senate voted 24-8 for HB368, which sponsor Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, says will provide guidelines for teachers answering students’ questions about evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects.
Anonymous hacktivists in Italy take responsibility for temporarily disabling the Vatican website, claims the Vatican represents an absurd anachronism. On Wednesday. Anonymous-Italia, a faction of hacktivists in Italy associated with the nebulous and notorious international Internet collective known as Anonymous, disabled the Vatican website for several hours, making it inaccessible to users. In a Pastebin release announcing the action, the Italian hacktivsts relay a long and detailed list of grievances against the Catholic church. The Anonymous hacktivists explain that they had “decided to lay siege” to the Vatican website “in response to the doctrines, liturgies and the precepts absurd and anachronistic” that the church “propagates and spreads worldwide.”
Aron Ra is a prominent atheist on YouTube, and also the new Texas State Director for American Atheists. He and Thunderf00t, and the rest of the gang at the Magic Sandwich Show had me on as a guest just recently. It prompted an anonymous sailor to write in to Aron Ra, who forwarded it to me. He’s trying to deal with being in the atheist closet.
Bryan Fischer: Petty little high school junior is America’s newest religious bigot - RIGHTLYCONCERNED.COMBy Bryan Fischer Follow me on Twitter: @ BryanJFischer , on Facebook at “Focal Point” I have created the American Association of Religious Bigots (AARB) to honor the Christophobes in America who just cannot stand the thought that someone, somewhere, might be enjoying his unalienable, God-given right to religious liberty and freedom of speech. The newest Focal Point-certified member of the AARB is a high school junior from Rhode Island, Jessica Ahlquist by name. She has been added to the list as of today. (For the full list of this Hall of Shame, go here .)
Rice Boy is a brightly colored and surreal fantasy adventure story, set in the ninth century of the Red Age of Overside. It was started in April 2006 and finished in May 2008. It is divided into five books, and available in one printed edition. You can read the entire story here. Purchase the Book | Purchase the Limited Hard-Cover Book In which old friends The One Electronic and Calabash meet and discuss business over drinks, paid for by Mr.
January 18, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If you take away just two things from the story about atheist high school student Jessica Ahlquist, and the court case she won last week to have a prayer banner taken out of her public school, let it be these: The ruling in this case was entirely unsurprising.
When Tim Woods attended a lecture of Bill Nye's at McClennan Community College, he could hardly have known it would become the an Internet sensation . "I’m constantly baffled by the stories that get the most hits," Woods says in a telephone conversation. You can do a story that's immensely important, and a story about a lost cat takes off. During a lecture, Bill Nye had recited a Bible verse, Genesis 1:16, “God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.
A story of an estimated 15,000 children in Africa’s Niger Delta being denounced by Christian pastors as witches and wizards and then killed, tortured or abandoned by their own families. Two-and-a-half-year-old Ellin is one such child. Found at the side of the road, her body having been severely burnt with boiling water. Nwanakwo, eight years old, had acid poured over him after being labeled a wizard, and later died. Return to Africa’s Witch Children is a documentary that follows the work of Gary Foxcroft, an Englishman whose charity, Stepping Stones, raises funds to help care for more than 150 children accused of witchcraft, and blamed for catastrophes, death and famine. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.
Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The differences in beliefs about evolution and the length of time that living things have existed on earth are reflected in the political and religious preference of our respondents, who were asked four questions about biological history and God: • 38 percent said human beings developed over millions of years with God guiding the process and another 12 percent said that development happened without God having any part of the process. Another 38 percent agreed with the statement "God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago." • Asked about the origin and development of life on earth without injecting humans into the discussion, and 53 percent said it evolved over time, "with a guiding hand from God."
According to the Nashville Gay Pride website, Home Depot gave over $5,000 to be a major sponsor of its 2009 Gay Pride Festival in June. But simply financing the event wasn't enough for the big box chain. Home Depot also signed on as a vendor, conducting kid's craft workshops for children via a special booth set up just for them. To this end, Home Depot is basically encouraging the attendance of children at events which openly expose them to transvestites, cross-dressers, and homosexual activities. Unfortunately, Home Depot's participation in the Nashville Pride Festival doesn't stand alone.
1. lashes...out! Does Israel have free speach?! And the Arab UN says we commit crimes against humanity huh...this get me angry...the cruelty of these animals...how dare any country call Israel out on anything...we are wonderful people who are (for the most part) sane and perfectly imperfect... Susan, Chicago (7/12/11) Reply to comment 15
Down in the polls, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on the attack, claiming in a new TV ad that President Obama is waging a "War on Religion," and he's the GOP candidate that can defend faith in America. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion.
Abstinence-Only Education and Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education in the U.SThe United States ranks first among developed nations in rates of both teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In an effort to reduce these rates, the U.S. government has funded abstinence-only sex education programs for more than a decade. However, a public controversy remains over whether this investment has been successful and whether these programs should be continued. Using the most recent national data (2005) from all U.S. states with information on sex education laws or policies (N = 48), we show that increasing emphasis on abstinence education is positively correlated with teenage pregnancy and birth rates. This trend remains significant after accounting for socioeconomic status, teen educational attainment, ethnic composition of the teen population, and availability of Medicaid waivers for family planning services in each state.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6., rare sectarian attacks in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif killed at least 58 people , stunning Muslim celebrants of the Shiite religious festival of Ashura. Most of the casualties came from a suicide bomb detonated at a shrine in the Afghan capital, where 54 people have been reported killed thus far. A third attack was attempted in Kandahar but resulted in no fatalities.
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