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School cancels Darwin play after complaints from Christian parents
Feb 13, 2019

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By Sophie Lewis An elementary school in Britain has canceled its performances of a musical on evolution after complaints from some Christian parents over some of its lyrics. About 90 students were preparing to perform “Darwin Rocks!,” a musical about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, next month at Hartford Manor Primary School — …


Trump lauds religious adoption agencies for refusing service to same-sex couples
Feb 13, 2019

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By Zack Ford President Donald Trump openly endorsed discrimination by foster and adoption agencies, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning. After welcoming Chad and Melissa Buck, a couple from Michigan who he applauded for having adopted five children, he said, “Unfortunately, the Michigan adoption charity that brought the Buck family together is now …


Day of Prayer bill passes Kentucky House Education Committee hearing
Feb 13, 2019

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By Chris Williams FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Day of Prayer in Kentucky schools bill, also known as House Bill 166, passed during a hearing held by the Kentucky House Education Committee on Feb. 12. This bill would designate the last Wednesday of September as A Day of Prayer for students in Kentucky. The bill’s sponsor …


How Many Creationists Are There in America?
Feb 13, 2019 · 1 

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By Cary Funk, Greg Smith, and David Masci More than a century and a half after Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking thesis on the development of life, evolution remains a contentious topic in the United States. Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. …


Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us
Feb 13, 2019

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By Eric Berger Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines: I’ll find you in the morning sun And …


The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes
Feb 13, 2019

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By Charlie Jane Anders Imagine going to live on a planet where the sun never moves in the sky. No sunrise, no sunset. Several years ago, I became obsessed with tidally locked planets. The notion of a world permanently caught between two extremes—with one half always illuminated, the other always in the dark—took hold of …


Washington measles outbreak draws crowd to hearing on vaccine law
Feb 11, 2019

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By Lena H. Sun and Kristen Millares Young OLYMPIA, Wash. — Anti-vaccine activists packed a public hearing Friday to oppose a bill that would make it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements for measles, mumps and rubella amid the state’s worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. An estimated 700 people, most of …


Supreme Court Conservatives Allow Execution of Muslim Prisoner Despite Religious Freedom Violation
Feb 11, 2019

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By Andrew L. Seidel The five conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in such a rush to see Domineque Ray executed that they ignored the First Amendment. This is because the condemned prisoner was a Muslim, not a member of the favored religion: Christianity. Two weeks before his execution, Ray met with the warden, …


Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition
Feb 11, 2019

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By Ross Andersen Amid the human crush of Old Delhi, on the edge of a medieval bazaar, a red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. On a hot day last spring, I removed my shoes at the …


Abuse of Faith
Feb 11, 2019

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By Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco First of three parts Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders. She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. …