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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science denial is a major epidemic in the US, public policy is suffering while the Republican Party refuses to accept climate change, religious groups are fighting to inject creationism into the classroom all the while the country’s scientific literacy falls behind the rest of the industrialized world.
However, we are wrong to say that science denial is a problem only coming from the right, or so says astrophysicist and host of the popular Cosmos series, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who sat down with me for a one-on-one interview, and when asked about the right’s constant denial of science and how we can address it, he brought up a different issue:
via Neil deGrasse Tyson on liberal science denial and GMOs.
In the wake of the success of the “Cosmos” television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet.
When I asked if the success of “Cosmos” had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage the show would get by entertainment sites and blogs. Because of the show’s major network backing and primetime slot, he said, it was covered like any other television show. He said this forced many entertainment writers to write about all sorts of science topics not often covered in these publications, exposing the show to a new and possibly unintended audience.
Tyson was not as shocked by the backlash the show garnered from certain religious and political groups, mainly creationists who took issue with Tyson’s insistence on discussing evolution, the Big Bang theory and the history of scientific discovery. Their criticism of the show did not bother Tyson at all. “You have to ask yourself, what are the numbers behind the people making these claims? Someone like Ken Ham [owner of the Creation Museum] has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians.”
via Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old | Alternet.
As discussed in a previous post, Ken Ham has denied that the Ark Encounter is hiring any employees, yet lists a job on the Answers in Genesis (AiG) website for an Ark Encounter Position.
via The dishonesty continues from Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis.
I am not one to get wrapped up in celebrity deaths, mostly because I find people mourning someone they never knew to be really weird, but sometimes you find a celebrity that seems to have touched so many and their death brings a lot of sadness to the world.
Robin Williams is one of those people. His acting, his charity work, and his public life (that he let people see) was simply fantastic, a talented comedian and dramatic actor, an avid cyclist and a passionate philanthropist, I think many childhoods were touched by his life.
Now there are a few ways to remember someone like Williams, as shows in here by Richard Dawkins in a heartwarming piece in TIME Magazine by remembering a chance encounter with the star that will remain with him forever.
via Atheists talk about depression and Robin Williams, while some get it all wrong.