A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the case of an inmate in Nebraska demanding that prison officials accommodate his worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster because it is not a religion but a riposte of intelligent design.
The inmate, Stephen Cavanaugh, who is serving a 4 to 8-year term for assault and weapons charges at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, filed a lawsuit in September 2014 demanding that worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster referred to as "FSMism" be given the same treatment as other established religions.
"I would like a court order mandating that FSMism receive the same rights and privileges afforded to every other religion in the Department of Corrections. I would also like the defendants to be made to pay damages of the $350 filing fee, $5,000,000 pain and suffering and punitive damages," Cavanaugh wrote. more >>
The Ark Encounter theme park, set to open in Kentucky this summer, will answer the most asked questions people have about the story of Noah in the Bible, says Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham.
Describing the coming attraction as "an awe-inspiring massive exhibit," Ham said people have been amazed by the ongoing construction of the life-sized Noah's Ark project.
"Sadly, many people (even in the church) have been exposed to the childish 'bathtub arks' we see in kids' books and on the walls of Sunday school classes and so on that make Noah's Ark seem like nothing more than a cute fairy tale. But once people see the enormity of this Ark structure, they will begin to realize it was a real ship," he wrote in a post on the Answers in Genesis website Monday. more >>
The scientific community needs to get a grip on its bias. Thankfully, the Creator gave them wonderfully-designed hands.
In his book, Darwin's Doubt, Stephen Meyer quotes Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen: "In China," Chen says, "we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin."
A couple of Chinese researchers recently found this out the hard way when they published a paper on the workings of the human hand in the science journal PLOS ONE. more >>
Creationist Ken Ham has argued that the foundation of Christian faith rests in a literal interpretation of the Creation account in the Bible, as found in Genesis 1-11, stating that Christian leaders who do not interpret it literally are leading people astray.
"Genesis 1-11 is like the foundation to a house. The whole structure stands upon it — all of our major doctrines like sin, salvation, the coming consummation, marriage, and more are grounded in Genesis," Ham wrote Wednesday on Facebook.
"Sadly many Christian leaders say Genesis isn't literal history and in doing so they undermine the foundation. No wonder such a large percent of church millennials don't defend marriage as for one man and woman. They no longer have a foundation to base their thinking on," he added. more >>
Scientists have presented evidence for what they argue is interbreeding behavior between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals that might have influenced changes to humans' metabolism and immune systems.
Researchers in the journal of Science noted that although Neanderthal sequences that persist in the genomes of modern humans have been identified in Eurasians, there was a lack of comparable studies when it comes to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Genetic information from close to 1,500 people around the world has now led them to believed that early humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans.
Creationist Ken Ham has taken aim at atheists who have criticized his views on the origins of creation by arguing that they are trying to impose their "anti-God religion" on children, an accusation he also threw at famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Ham wrote on his Facebook page that his recent Tweet criticizing the "Cosmos" TV series as imposing atheism on students made "secularists get overly emotional over their religion."
He pointed to responses to his argument on blog sites, with titles such as "Ken Ham is a Liar," "Creationist Ken Ham Fears New Cosmos Series Will Create Pandemic of Reason and Critical Thinking," "Ken Ham Disparages Schools Showing Cosmos in Class for 'Imposing Atheism on Students,'" and then went on to defend his position, saying that Tyson, who worked on the show, "basically tells students to worship the sun/the stars." more >>