Category Archives: politics

The bad news about evolution: every Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas supports teaching creationism in public schools. Of course.

Professing belief in creationism (or rejection of evolution) is becoming a litmus test for Republican candidates for office. Do you remember the 2007 Republican presidential debates, when the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they didn’t accept evolution? Here’s the clip showing the three out of eleven who raise their hands, effectively swearing […]

Not a good year for Dinesh D’Souza

Oy, the Schadenfreude!  In 2012, the conservative author of many books (including What’s So Great About Christianity?) and paragon of Christian virtue, Dinesh D’Souza, was forced to leave his post at The King’s College in New York after it was found out that he was engaged to another woman while still married to his wife of […]

Texas forces brain-dead but pregnant woman to remain on life support

Well, there’s not much to say about this except that Texas law is idiotic. That state is trying to force a brain-dead but pregnant woman to remain on life support, against the wishes of her parents and husband, so she can serve as a sort of non-sentient incubator. As the Dallas News reports, Marline Munoz, […]

Virginia introduces first antiscience bill of the year

Below is House Bill 207, prefiled in the Virginia General Assembly on December 27, 2013 by delegate Richard Bell (a Republican, of course).  It is now in the education committee, and I have no idea what its chances are. It’s one of those innocuous-sounding “teach-the-controversy” bills that is aimed at allowing teachers to present the “weaknesses” of both […]

More about the Pew poll on evolution acceptance

NOTE BY JAC:  I still am baffled by the Pew’s finding that Republicans seem to have become more creationist between 2009 and 2013, for the Gallup Poll shows the 20% disparity already in 2008.  In that poll, the percentage of young-earth creationists was 60% among Republicans, 38% among Democrats, and 40% among Independents. The gap […]

What, if anything, is wrong with the Pew poll on evolution acceptance?

by Greg Mayer I posted on Wednesday about the new Pew poll on evolution acceptance, focusing on the divergence between the Pew results and those from 2012′s Gallup poll of the same issue. In both polls it is possible to divide respondents into three classes that can be thought of as those that accept “naturalistic […]

Pew Poll: American evolution-acceptance holds steady, partisan divide widens

UPDATE by JAC: Dan Kahan of the Cultural Cognition Project of Yale Law School has further analyzed this survey and finds some problems with it: some data are missing in both the summary and the full report, and this makes it impossible to determine whether the pro-creationist tendencies of Republicans reflects a shift in ideology […]

Carl Sagan’s last interview

Carl Sagan died 17 years ago today: December 20, 1996. This is a small clip of his last interview, with Charlie Rose. Sagan is clearly, as Hitchens said in his last speech, “not as I was.” (At the beginning of the third part of the full interview, below, he avers belief that he’s cured of […]

The good news: Frank Bruni calls out U.S. politicos for pandering to religion

The good news is the op-ed piece by Frank Bruni in today’s New York Times, “The Bible as bludgeon.” It’s an eloquent indictment of the unjustifably large role of religion in American life, and the need for politicians to profess Christianity to get elected to any office. How often do you read words like this […]

G. W. Bush helps raise money to hasten the End Times

Well, I guess I’ve heard rumors about this stuff, but deliberately kept myself ignorant just because it’s one more area of lunacy that would bring me tsouris.  But it’s Friday, and there are cute animals in store. According to Mother Jones magazine, W. is speaking at a fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI), […]


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