A day after Ken Ham, president and CEO of the creationist organization Answer in Genesis announced he would be moving forward with plans to build a life-sized replica of Noah's ark, Bill Nye, his former debate opponent, said he hopes "the Ark Encounter goes out of business."
On Thursday, Ham announced in a live web stream from the Kentucky-based Creation Museum that his organization has been able to come up with funding for the project, despite its financial viability being questioned last month.
An animal rights group has launched an online petition calling for the head of the Roman Catholic Church to stop releasing doves in light of a recent incident.
Posted by Chris Wolverton on Care2, the petition was created after a recent release of doves at the Vatican ended with birds of prey attacking them.
"Domesticated doves are easy targets for other birds due to their white color and inability to recognize predators and flee. The Pope's intentions in releasing the doves were innocent, but after witnessing the gruesome aftermath he needs to end the practice," reads the petition in part. more >>
An award-winning Liberty University English professor has argued that remarkable images of unborn animals are further proof of when life begins.
"I've never understood when people say they don't know when human life begins. Or why the United States Supreme Court opined in its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion-on-demand, 'We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins," wrote Karen Swallow Prior in a blog on Thursday for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"To deem this a difficult question seems only a way to make crooked the straight paths of the Lord (Acts 13:10). An acorn isn't an oak tree, pro-choice people say. True – but a sapling is." more >>
Wildlife officials in Tennessee have euthanized the remaining 14 snakes confiscated from local Pastor Andrew Hamblin, featured on the National Geographic reality television series "Snake Salvation."
In November, the state's wildlife officials confiscated 53 snakes from Hamblin's Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, citing the pastor on 53 counts of violating the state's ban on handling poisonous wildlife. Hamblin represents a small sect of Pentecostal pastors who believe they are instructed by the Bible to handle serpents, and his unique lifestyle has been highlighted by the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation."
Wildlife officials initially planned to keep Hamblin's 53 snakes at the Knoxville Zoo, only to learn that the majority of the snakes had been poorly taken care of, and were infected with pathogens and parasites. These pathogens resulted in the early death of 39 snakes, and officials determined the 14 remaining snakes were the carriers of the infectious agent. For the safety of other wildlife at the Knoxville Zoo, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency consulted with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and the zoo to determine that the remaining 14 snakes should be euthanized. more >>
A church in Western Maryland will embrace family dogs by honoring them as church guests in an upcoming service to create a unique worship experience for the congregation.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Smithsburg, Md., will host their first canine service on the last Sunday of each month beginning Jan. 26. The idea is part of the church's effort to attract worshippers who consider their pets to be a part of their families.
"There are some folks who don't like leaving their pets, especially dogs, at home alone," said Rev. Al Deal, reports CBS Baltimore. "I thought it would be nice if they could be provided with a warm, welcoming and comforting place to worship with their canine companions." more >>
It's not too late to fulfill your dream of becoming a rock star! This hilarious video teaches us important tips demonstrated by unconventional, everyday musicians. These funny lessons should help you get through your day with a big SMILE on your face!
These music lessons include the following: you have to really feel the music, don't be afraid to collaborate, don't let anyone steal your spotlight, keep your eye on the prize, sing about what you know, gimmicks never hurt, understand your tools, and be a pioneer.more >>