Creationist Ken Ham has invited Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy," to tour the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the life-size Noah's Ark replica that is due to open on July 7, explaining that he wants to be friends with Nye, not adversaries.
"I want to publicly invite Bill Nye to come visit the Ark, I want to show him personally, or just show him where the entrance is, and let him go on his own, whatever he wants to do," Ham said in a video message posted on Facebook on Monday.
"I'd be thrilled to be able to show Bill Nye through the Ark, and so I'll be interested to know if people out there think Bill Nye will take up my invitation. I hope that he does," he added. more >>
In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter. more >>
Billboard companies have told an atheist group they won't run its ad next to the entrance to the Ark Encounter theme park being built in Williamstown, Kentucky, that reads "Genocide & Incest Park ... celebrating 2,000 years of myths."
"We tried with everyone we could think of, and these were [billboard] companies that originally were in agreement to do business with us," Jim Helton, the president of the atheist group Tri-State Freethinkers, which created an Indiegogo fundraising page in March to pay for anti-BIble billboards, tells ABC News.
"We're just looking for someone to take our money," adds Helton, whose Union, Kentucky-based group plans to put up billboards near the entrance of the Ark Encounter, a life-size Noah's Ark exhibit spearheaded by Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, that's slated to open July 7. more >>
Imagine walking to your front door after a jog one morning and you're greeted by a dog with powerful jaws and large teeth, with eyes that reveal the intention to devour you. Well, that kind of stuff is only found in nightmares. But if we were to turn back time, say millions of years ago in an area which is now Maryland, dogs with "bone-crushing" attributes roamed the land.
These ancient dogs were confirmed to have existed in the east coast of the United States after a fossil collector found a fossil. Called the "Cynarctus wangi," the creature is thought to have co-existed with several other mammals including a pre-historic horse, ancient pig species, and a creature that resembles an elephant, per Morning Ticker report.
Of course these dogs have been extinct for a very long time, but the fact that they are speculated to have bone-crushing abilities is something very intriguing and interesting at the same time. The study by the University of Pennsylvania is published in the Journal of Paleontology. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll used humor to discuss the topic of dinosaurs in the Bible in a video newsletter this week.
In response to a viewer seeking answers after being challenged on why the Bible doesn't seem to mention the existence of dinosaurs — despite irrefutable scientific evidence that they once existed — Driscoll used a bit of humor to clarify whether or not the extinct creatures are discussed within the sacred text.
To those who question the Bible as to why dinosaurs aren't explicitly discussed, Driscoll quipped, "Because it's not the movie 'Jurrasic Park.'" The Bible isn't a blockbuster film, but a salvation story, the pastor added. "The focus of the Bible is not on animals, it's not on plants, it's on God and people," he said, explaining that animals are "backdrops on the stage" within the volume of the 66 books. more >>
The nation's largest atheist group is demanding that a Pennsylvania school cancel its planned field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, claiming that such a trip is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Big Beaver Falls Area School District denouncing the field trip, scheduled for May 20. Addressed to District Superintendent Donna Nugent and authored by Madeline Ziegler, the letter labeled the planned trip "unconstitutional" since the Museum "promotes the religious doctrine of creationism."
"Scheduling a trip to this type of sectarian establishment excludes non-Christian and non-religious students," wrote Ziegler to Nugent. "The fact that participation or attendance on this field trip is voluntary is not a valid safeguard, Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation." more >>