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‘Thanks for Flying SpaceX’: NASA Astronauts Safely Splash Down After Journey From Orbit
Aug 3, 2020

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By Kenneth Chang The first astronaut trip to orbit by a private company parachuted to a safe conclusion in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. It was the first water landing by NASA astronauts since 1975, when the agency’s crews were still flying to and from orbit in the Apollo modules used for the historic …


Liberty University Poured Millions Into Sports. Now Its Black Athletes Are Leaving.
Aug 3, 2020

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By Joel Anderson In mid-June, as the pandemic surged across the country, hundreds of students were living on Liberty University’s campus. Tayvion “Tank” Land was one of them, taking a summer math class with about 10 other students—half of them his football teammates. One Thursday morning, class was partway through when the instructor told one …


The Supreme Court’s Religious Crusaders Take On the Pandemic Response
Aug 3, 2020

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By Linda Greenhouse I know I should be jaded by now by the persistence of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices in seeking to elevate religious interests over those of secular society. After all, in the closing days of the court’s term, religious employers won the right to withhold from female employees the contraception coverage to which federal …


Atheists start an international community-building project: #oneATHEIST
Aug 3, 2020

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By RNS Press Release Distribution Service On Saturday International Association of Atheists (IAA) announced their newest initiative, #oneATHEIST, an effort to build a positive, outspoken community under the label atheist and remove the stigma. “Atheists have struggled with the stigma associated with being non-religious for far too long. It’s time to prove to the world what I know …


Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader
Aug 3, 2020

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By Associated Press California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts. Also charged were Susana Medina Oaxaca …


OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2020
Aug 1, 2020 · 6 

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This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note it is NOT for general chat, and that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like …


Ancestors of coronavirus have been hiding out in bats for decades, ready to infect humans
Jul 31, 2020

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By Yasemin Saplakoglu The ancestors of the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in bats unnoticed for decades. And those coronaviruses likely also had the ability to infect humans, according to a new study. To understand where the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, came from and how it spread to humans, scientists need to trace …


It’ll Cost $850 to Clean Arkansas’ Ten Commandments Monument After “Anointing”
Jul 31, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta The other day, I mentioned that four women had “anointed” the stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas State Capitol. The women weren’t charged with any crimes mostly because Capitol officials said there wasn’t any criminal intent and no clear cut evidence of damage, at least at the time. I wanted to ask State Sen. Jason Rapert, …


Alabama politician resigns as a Southern Baptist pastor after KKK leader’s birthday celebration
Jul 31, 2020

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes (R) said this week that he has no plans to resign from his state legislator position amid national calls for him to step down after he attended a private celebration of the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. On Wednesday night, however, he resigned …


Cleveland evangelist Perry Stone ‘acted inappropriately’ with female employees
Jul 31, 2020

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By Wyatt Massey Perry Stone has been away from his multimillion-dollar ministry in Cleveland, Tennessee, for three months, leaving many of his followers confused. But in an audio message played for a small, in-person group of church members several weeks ago — and obtained by the Times Free Press — Stone said he acted inappropriately …