Earth’s Tilt May Exacerbate a Melting Antarctic
Jan 16, 2019

By Stephanie Pappas As levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rise and warm the globe, Antarctica’s ice will become more vulnerable to cycles on an astronomical scale, particularly the tilt of our planet is as it spins around its axis. New research finds that over 30 million years of history, Antarctica’s ice sheets responded most strongly …

Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo belong to a doomsday cult — and may be trying to bring on the apocalypse
Jan 16, 2019 · 3 

By Travis Gettys President Donald Trump’s vice president and secretary of state appear to have a conflict between their private religious beliefs and their public duties, according to a financial journalist. Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are each a “genuine, end-of-days, believer in the apocalypse,” and Financial Times journalist Edward Luce said their religious beliefs about the …

Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids
Jan 16, 2019

By Rebecca Klein Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual …

Gov. Kevin Stitt Plans to Use His Office to Align ‘With What God Is Doing in Oklahoma’
Jan 16, 2019

By Kyle Mantyla Newly elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma attended an “Inaugural Prayer Service” today, during which declared that it is his mission to align the state “with what God is doing in Oklahoma,” while his wife proclaimed that it is their responsibility as Christians to use their position in elected office “to …

Genetically modified food opponents overestimate their knowledge, according to CU researchers
Jan 15, 2019 · 1 

By Cassa Niedringhaus People who most oppose genetically modified foods know the least about the science behind them, according to new research by University of Colorado scholars and researchers at other universities. In a representative survey of U.S. residents, researchers measured three things: respondents’ attitudes about genetically modified foods, their scientific literacy, and their self-assessment …

Plan B: A Revised Strategy to Battle Idaho’s Faith-Healing Exemptions
Jan 15, 2019 · 2 

By George Prentice “Maybe,” said Bruce Wingate. “Maybe this is the year.” Wingate took a long breath and looked down at the draft of a measure that’s certain to trigger a fierce debate in the coming weeks of the 2019 Idaho Legislature. “You know what? Forget I said ‘maybe.’ It can’t be ‘maybe’ anymore. It …

Indiana GOP Legislator Sponsors Bill to Teach Creationism in Public Schools
Jan 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Indiana State Sen. Dennis Kruse is one of the most anti-science, pro-forced Christianity legislators in the country. This is a guy who co-authored a bill to require recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, wanted Creationism taught in science classrooms, and tried making it illegal for kids to learn sex ed in school without their parents’ permission. He’s just full …

Faith on the Hill
Jan 15, 2019

By the Pew Research Center The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.1 There has been a 3-percentage-point decline in the share of members of Congress who identify as Christian – in the 115th …

Astronomers Glimpse a Luminous Object Born From a Star’s Death
Jan 14, 2019

By Marina Koren Working the night shift can be pretty boring, even if you’re a telescope. You stare at the same section of sky for hours. Every night, you take in light from the same distant points in the abyss. There’s that asteroid you observed last night, and the night before that, and before that. …

Earth’s Magnetic Pole Is Wandering, Lurching Toward Siberia
Jan 14, 2019

By Laura Geggel Earth’s north magnetic pole is on the move, unpredictably lurching away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia. It’s wandered so much, that the current representation of the entire globe’s magnetic field, just updated in 2015, is now out of date. And so, geologists have come up with a new model. This …

‘In God We Trust’ – the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’
Jan 14, 2019 · 1 

By David Taylor Christian hardliners on the religious right have introduced new bills to impose their values in at least six American states in the opening days of 2019. The early legal moves have been tracked from Alaska to Florida as mostly Republican legislators make use of off-the-shelf ‘model bills’ generated by Christian nationalists in …

Rep. Jamie Raskin: The Republican Party Is “Now Operating Like a Religious Cult”
Jan 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Earlier this week, as the new Congress was sworn into office, the Congressional Freethought Caucus hosted a reception for members. There are currently 10 members of the House in the CFC, though hopefully more will join soon. Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of the co-chairs of the CFC along with Rep. Jared Huffman and Rep. Jerry McNerney, gave …