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Ohio Christian school tells student to skip prom

FINDLAY, Ohio – A student at a fundamentalist Baptist school that forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing will be suspended if he takes his girlfriend to her public high school prom, his principal said.



Despite the warning, 17-year-old Tyler Frost, who has never been to a dance before, said he plans to attend Findlay High School's prom Saturday.



Frost, a senior at Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, agreed to the school's rules when he signed a… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on May 9, 2009 at 12:32am — 2 Comments

Carl Sagan on Why Aliens Would Think We're a Planet of Idiots

Thanks to the efforts of Carl Sagan, the following photo was taken by the Voyager spacecraft in 1990. It shows what our planet looks like from 3.7 billion miles away. This is the farthest distance the earth has ever been photographed.



From this vantage point, there's no way to tell the planet in the picture harbors intelligent life. It's just another point of light, a pale blue dot. The picture shows just how small and insignificant we are in… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on May 5, 2009 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Universe's age erased from Texas school science standards

Ever since a 2005 trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, revealed "intelligent design" to be creationism by another name, school boards that want to expand science standards to accommodate "alternative" ideas have tried to do so in a more subtle way.



Last year, for example, biologists mobilised when states began considering teacher-protection laws promoting "academic freedom," ostensibly designed to protect teachers from being fired for presenting "the full range of scientific views" on… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on April 29, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

Gov. Paterson: Religious Leaders Lack 'Moral Standing' for Gay Marriage Argument

"You see, the fact is that for years these same individuals - many of them, not all of them, but many of them - who pronounced religious doctrine did not exercise it when young gay and lesbian students were being chastised for expressing their point of view. Where were these leaders of faith when college students of gay and lesbian orientation were beaten and often brutalized for expressing their feelings for each other? … All I’m saying is: Why didn’t… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on April 29, 2009 at 3:32am — 3 Comments

Knights Templar hid the Shroud of Turin, says Vatican

The Knights Templar, a crusading order which was suppressed and disbanded for alleged heresy



Medieval knights hid and secretly venerated The Holy Shroud of Turin for more than 100 years after the Crusades, the Vatican said yesterday in an announcement that appeared to solve the mystery of the relic’s missing years.



The Knights Templar, an order which was suppressed and disbanded for alleged heresy, took care of the linen… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on April 6, 2009 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

Science is doomed in the UK, Actual exam question...

The new qualifications watchdog for England has made its presence known with a damning report on the standards of general science and physics GCSEs, which it says require "immediate, firm action".



Below is a summary of its main concerns, with some illustrations of the "decline" it is concerned about.



MULTIPLE CHOICE



One of the main bones of contention for Ofqual is the prevalence of "objective testing" (multiple choice questions).



Chair of… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

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Added by Morgan Matthew on March 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Creationism Museum Says Darwin Got Something Right



The Associated Press



Published: March 17, 2009



Updated: 06:46 pm



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A controversial Kentucky museum that trumpets the Bible story of creation and rejects evolution is making room for an odd guest: Charles Darwin.



A new exhibit at the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum argues that natural selection — Darwin's explanation for how species develop new traits over time — can coexist with the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 18, 2009 at 5:39pm — 8 Comments

Why do Athiests hate evangelical Christians? - A Christian's perspective. (bit of a read - but worth it.)



One of the first big splashes this blog made was when this post (2002!) made it into the atheist blogosphere. I got about a hundred notes from atheists saying “Thanks.” I’ve always agreed with what I wrote here, and I’ve always felt it was important. I also know that many culture-warring Christians will say this is a surrender document and I should join in the hatred of those who sometimes hate us. Check with Jesus on that one.



Here’s “Why Do They Hate Us?” from this… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 12, 2009 at 4:40am — 5 Comments

What Would You Do If You Only Had a Short Time to Live?



It’s hard, from within the storm of every day life, to see things with real perspective, to know what’s important and what’s simply pressing on our consciousness right now, demanding attention.



We have people emailing us for information and requesting action, we have phone calls and visitors and a long to-do list and a million chores and errands to run and all of the slings and arrows of our daily reality … and yet, what is… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 5, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Task Ninja: Form the Action Habit



A lot of us get stuck in inaction –procrastinating, doing a lot of unimportant tasks to avoid the important stuff, worrying about failing or about being perfect, having a hard time starting, getting distracted, and so on.



It’s time to start forming the Action Habit instead.



And it’s really not that hard if you focus on it for a little while. Like any other habit, start in small doses, little tasks, just short bursts, and then… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 4, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

10 Ways to Beat the “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” Syndrome



Are you feeling like life isn’t exciting enough? That maybe you’re missing out on something because you just can’t get motivated for anything? Turns out you’re not alone.



“In a population of 6 billion+ people globally, it is hard not to feel like another number. I find life so disenchanting the more I pursue things I though were my dreams. I am at possibly the top university in the world getting my masters to make the world a… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 3, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why You Should Think About Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant



It is a beautiful thing to create, to produce, to go out there in the world and make a contribution.



But it is just as important, if not more so, that we help others to do the same — that we teach others to create and produce, that we encourage them, that we support them and help them to succeed.



Why? Why not just worry about our own creations and productions? What’s so important about helping others to succeed?



If… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 3, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Scientists' stem cell breakthrough ends ethical dilemma



Experts in Britain and Canada find way to make stem cells without destroying embryos



Stem cells have the potential to be turned into any tissue, including heart cells, making the growth of 'spare parts' a possibility. Photograph: Science photo library



Scientists have found a way to make an almost limitless supply of stem cells that could safely be used in patients while avoiding the ethical dilemma of destroying… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 2, 2009 at 3:31am — 5 Comments

Arabs, Muslims battle US, Europeans over free speech at UN

GENEVA: Arab and Muslim countries defended Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body's expert on free speech police individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.



The United States, Canada and some European countries criticized the role reversal for Kenyan legal expert Ambeyi Ligabo, who has reported to the global body on measures by dictatorships and repressive governments to restrict free speech.



The U.S. and other… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 25, 2009 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Evolution is Not the Same as Social Darwinism



While Confusion of the Two is Common, Evolution and Social Darwinism Are Two Separate Things

There seems to be some confusion, especially in the conservative Christian community, between the Theory of Evolution and Social Darwinism.



"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" which came out in 2008 was a film created to arouse anti-science and anti-evolution sentiments among viewers. To that end the film purposely confused the meaning of… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 24, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Evolution is Not a Philosophy, Not a Belief System, nor a Moral Code: Evolution is Just a Natural Process

Evolution is just a process by which change occurs in nature. The process of evolution was deduced by interpretation of evidence that holds up to empirical scrutiny. Evolution is like many other natural processes which are deduced by interpretation of evidence. A couple of other

processes we have deduced from evidence found in the natural world are erosion and eutrophication.



Evolution has no moral bias, any more than erosion or… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 23, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why I Think Christian Fundamentalists Hate the Theory of Evolution but Not Other Scientific Facts

Plenty of Scientific Facts Contradict Information Found in the Bible so Why Do Fundamentalist Christians Only Despise Origin Theories?

What do fundamentalist Christians and other religious fundamentalists have against the theory of evolution? Why do they seem so upset by the very idea of evolution? Evolutionary theory contradicts the literal story of Genesis as found in the Bible. However, a lot of scientific

knowledge contradicts parts of the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 22, 2009 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.



As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.



But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were…

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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 21, 2009 at 4:30am — 382 Comments

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