Bill Nye "The Science Guy" has reflected on his recent visit to Kentucky's Ark Encounter, the life-sized Noah's ark theme park built by Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, by calling it "disturbing," arguing that on the Ark's third deck, every single one of the science exhibits is "absolutely wrong."
Nye, who has debated Ham on the topics of evolution and creationism in the past, visited the Ark Encounter on July 8, and was given a tour of the biblical attraction by the Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum president.
Nye told NBC News in a report on Saturday that he was very alarmed by what he saw. He said the Ark Encounter was an "eye-catching attraction" but then described the experience as "much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be." more >>
Chinese students attending a Christian house church in the central Guizhou province are being threatened by government authorities who are warning them that if they don't stop going to the church, they will be barred from going to college.
"This notice was sent to all of the schools in Huaqiu," explained Mou, the person that human-rights advocacy group China Aid said was in charge of Huaqiu Church. "They (public security) intend to cleanse us and ask us to join the Three-Self Church."
The house church members have also reportedly been pressured into signing a document vowing that they will not take minors into the church. Additionally, parents have been told that they will be sued if they bring their children to church, while the children themselves will not be allowed to take the college entrance exam or be admitted into the army. more >>
Leaders on the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando last week to approve the final draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, finalizing a platform process that the party itself calls the "the most representative and inclusive in history."
For some, including Brooking Institution's William Galston, the 2016 final draft signifies a "sharp left turn" for the party platform and indicates that Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party "is not Bill Clinton's Democratic Party."
The platform supports a number of proposals supported by both Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, and her main competitor in the primaries, the self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. more >>
Over the past few years the United States of America has become embroiled in controversy over the issue of racially-charged police brutality.
A series of well publicized shootings of unarmed African-Americans by law enforcement, done with apparent legal impunity, have prompted protests across the nation.
Entities like the Black Lives Matter movement have argued that race-based police brutality is a pervasive problem throughout American law enforcement. more >>
A person should turn to God to help break free from drug addiction, says the Rev. Billy Graham in an advice column, responding to a man who says his wife is complaining about his drug habit.
"I admit I probably smoke pot a bit more than I should (it's legal in our state), but now my wife is getting after me because she says I'm addicted to it and turning into the equivalent of an alcoholic. Can harmless drugs like pot really do that to you?" asked the man.
Graham replied that no drug, including marijuana, is "harmless" and the experts he knows "agree that almost any drug can become addictive — including marijuana." more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest atheist groups in the country, has been warning thousands of school districts in America against visiting Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, the newly opened life-size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.
In response, Ham announced that public school students coming to the Ark on a school field trip will only have to pay $1 per ticket during 2016.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this week that the FFRF has been sending letters to hundreds of public schools in Kentucky telling them that sending students to the Ark would be akin to religious proselytizing, and would violate the separation of church and state. more >>