Blog: Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views

Backstage at Real Time with Bill Maher science communicator Bill Nye shows the world how real science is done.

After publishing in his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that he is critical of GMO’s he spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views and says he will be revising his book for the second edition due out in the fall of 2015.

Nye said he is very excited about revising that chapter and telling people about his new view saying, “when you’re in love you want to tell the world.”

While Nye may have never actually been fully in the “anti” camp on GMO’s he did offer some pretty strong arguments for the anti-GMO movement claiming many of the same arguments drove his views such as five years not being enough time for testing or that companies are asking the government for funding; what amounts to the “follow the money” argument.

via Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views.

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Blog: Pope Francis says trans people destroy creation and compares them to nuclear weapons

In case you forgot, Pope Francis is a massive bigot.

According to Gay Star News,

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who ‘manipulate’ their bodies are similar to ‘Herods’ that ‘destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.’

His comments are found in a new book published in Italy called, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God’s order of creation.

“Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings,” the Pope says.

It seems the Pope does not actually understand what transgender actually is and sees it as a threat to the future of mankind,

via Pope Francis says trans people destroy creation and compares them to nuclear weapons.

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Blog: The new-atheist blame game has begun

Unfortunately it didn’t take long for “new atheists” to be at the forefront of blame for the Chapel Hill shooting that is making headline news this morning.

At this time we don’t know much about motivations, and as my fellow Danthropology blogger has pointed out, one thing we know for sure is, atheism itself is not to blame, and by simply blaming it, we do a disservice to the victims of this tragedy.

This has done little however to stop tweets from some anti-new-atheist writers to head right for their favorite scapegoats, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.

via The new-atheist blame game has begun.

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Blog: Answers in Genesis files lawsuit against Kentucky

Answers in Genesis announced today that have officially filed their lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for religious discrimination.

You can view the lawsuit here.

According to the AiG website:

Although the sales tax rebate program is available equally to all qualifying tourist attractions seeking to build in the state, AiG President Ken Ham observed that “AiG’s application was rejected solely because of our religious identity and the biblical messages we will present at our future life-size Noah’s Ark.” Ham also noted that AIG’s “lawsuit details how this action by Kentucky officials, including Gov. Steve Beshear [named as a defendant], violates federal and state law and undermines our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom. It amounts to unlawful viewpoint discrimination against our Christian faith.”

No where does Ham mention the employee discrimination that was the deciding factor against the tax incentive.

The suit specifically states:

via Answers in Genesis files lawsuit against Kentucky.

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Blog: Answers in Genesis is suing the state of Kentucky over its lost tax incentive

In a video and statement released today by Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham alongside attorney Mike Johnson announced the organizations plan to file a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky over its refusal to grant AiG an 18 million dollar tax incentive after it was discovered that the organizations for-profit company, The Ark Encounter was discriminating against employees based on religious preference, a clear violation of both state and federal laws.

However, the forever delusional minds of those behind AiG and the genocidal themed Ark Encounter see things differently,

via Answers in Genesis is suing the state of Kentucky over its lost tax incentive.

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OnFaith: 5 Things You Should Know About Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter

5 Things You Should Know About Ken Ham's Ark Encounter | OnFaith

The Ark Encounter is a planned theme park in Kentucky that will showcase the story of Noah’s Ark. The park is being built by Ken Ham, creationist and founder of The Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, a ministry devoted to spreading the gospel of young-earth creationism.In July of 2014 the theme park applied for a special 18 million dollar tourism tax incentive and was granted preliminary approval. But due to hiring practices that required potential employees to sign a statement of faith, secular groups sprung into action, sparking a heated debate between secular activists and religious fundamentalists on what constitutes a violation of church and state separation.

via 5 Things You Should Know About Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter | OnFaith.

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Sorry Ken Ham but the government is not allowed to endorse your beliefs

Ken Ham is mad again. Go figure.

According to his blog a city playground in Delaware had put up a Noah’s Ark themed display.

Rightfully so, the local chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State was upset by this display and asked to have it removed. The group argued the display was a clear violation of the establishment clause, and the city agreed and removed the display.

Later, the AU chapter posted to their Facebook:

“Another AU victory in keeping government from promoting religion!”

And yes, this is a victory as the display was a clear violation of the first amendment. Though Ham saw this another way, saying:

via Sorry Ken Ham but the government is not allowed to endorse your beliefs.

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TIME: It’s Time for the U.S. to Ban Spanking

I know very little about the case of an NFL player hitting his child, I have seen the photos in articles and it disgusts me that a grown person thinks it is ever okay to do that to a child, especially when you are the size of an NFL player. Not that ones size makes abuse any different, but to know you are a massive, strong person, and then unleash that strength upon a child, you are a vile human being.

But leaving the NFL behind, and looking only at the action of spanking, what is one to do? It is not uncommon in the US to hear of parents spanking their children, I was spanked, I know friends who spank, and I fully disagree with their decision to do so.

via It’s Time for the U.S. to Ban Spanking | TIME.

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Blog: Neil deGrasse Tyson on what scientific discovery shocked him the most

When I got a chance to interview Neil deGrasse Tyson two weeks ago I mostly asked him about Cosmos and science denial, but as the interview wrapped up, I realized I had time for one last question, so I asked him about speaking  at Apostacon this year and discussed briefly the importance of spreading his scientific knowledge.

I asked him a question that was sent to me by my good friend Joshua Kelly who wanted to know what scientific discovery had basically rocked Tyson’s world.

via Neil deGrasse Tyson on what scientific discovery shocked him the most.

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Blog: Ken Ham is still lying to the public about The Ark Encounter discrimination

Ken Ham is still lying about the Ark Encounter.

Ham continues to push the lie that the genocidal theme park is not hiring, when this blog has shown countless times that they are in fact hiring for a full time position for the project and are discriminating against potential employees in doing so.

The images below show the position in question, again, showing that employees must sign a statement of faith and that the job is also a ministry to spread the word of God.

via Ken Ham is still lying to the public about The Ark Encounter discrimination.

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