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An Offensive Strategy for Dealing With Creationist Attacks on Science

h2D84FCC8[1]I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about the failures of creationist geology. Many people have come before me, tearing this nonsense down bit-by-bit. It’s an extraordinary amount of work, and leaves Flood geology scrambling for ever more bizarre ways to overcome the laws of science. But maybe we don’t do quite enough. We defend science, we present the reality, we knock down bits of their structure, but there may be an easier way to deal with the creationists and Intelligent Design proponents attempting to force their nonsense into science class, and hanging round the fringes of our professional meetings hoping some credibility will rub off on them. [Read more]

Imams Issue Fatwa Against Muslims Going to Mars

mars_one-620x412[1]Regardless of your religious creed, there are plenty of reasons not to sign up for the Mars One mission to the Red Planet. For a start, Mars has no breathable atmosphere and almost no water. And if you thought the Arctic air blasting across North America this winter was cold, think again. The average temperature on Mars is minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But here’s another reason you may not have considered: Such a journey may be deemed sinful — at least if you are Muslim. [Read more]

Access Ministries Under Scrutiny After ‘Inappropriate and Offensive’ Material Given Out at Victorian Primary School

The ABC understands religious educators handed out material at Torquay College last year that instructed children to seek counselling if they had homosexual feelings. The material also claims that girls who wear revealing clothes are inviting sexual assault and that masturbation and sex before marriage are sinful. [Read more]

Philadelphia Parents Herbert, Catherine Schaible Sentenced in Son’s ‘Prayer Death’

A couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who never saw a doctor despite being stricken with pneumonia. Herbert and Catherine Schaible defied a court order to get medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, died in 2009. Instead, they tried to comfort and pray over 8-month-old Brandon last year as he, too, died of treatable pneumonia. [Read more]

“Faith Healing”, Medical Neglect by Another Name

This tragic case being reported from Pennsylvania involves a religious couple who are members of a Christian fundamentalist church in Northeast Philadelphia, a church that has been documented as delivering sermons that forbid their members from visiting doctors or taking medicines, and advocate reliance upon prayer and “Faith Healing” for treatment of diseases. Their sermons even include a proscription against buying liability, health or any other kind of insurance. [Read more]