A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has written a blog post, blasting a Christian academic for overlooking Biblical authority in an attempt to explain the long lifespans of people mentioned in the Genesis 5 and 11 genealogies.
Ham, the founder of the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis, supports a literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis, and maintains that compromising God's Word in Genesis makes the Bible untrustworthy.
To make his point, Ham cites the example of an article written by Jim Stump, a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and the Content Manager at BioLogos, a group that promotes evolutionary beliefs. more >>
Stephen Hawking says in a new paper that black holes don't exist.
Hawking, a famed theoretical physicist, has a new paper titled "Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes," where he explains in two pages why he doesn't believe "event horizons" – from which nothing can escape – exist.
"The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes – in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity," Hawking writes. 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 >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" identified himself as an agnostic and revealed his expectations for the upcoming debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham on the topic of creationism, saying that he doesn't expect they will be able to win each other over.
"Well I don't think I'm gonna win Mr. Ham over, anymore than Mr. Ham is going to win me over," Nye said in a video interview with Huff Post Live posted on Wednesday. Nye is scheduled to debate Ham on Feb. 4 at The Creation Museum's 900-seat Legacy Hall in Petersburg, Ky.
"Instead, I want to show people that this belief (creationism) is still among us. It finds its way into school boards in the United States," Nye stated. He reminded viewers that he is a mechanical engineer and not really a scientist, but is going in as a 'reasonable man' in the debate that is set to focus on the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific world?" more >>
Recently, a picture from outer space was posted that some thought looked like the "Hand of God."
Writing about it, Tanya Lewis said, "The hand might look like an X-ray from the doctor's office, but it is actually a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded."
She began her piece, noting, "Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the 'Hand of God.'" more >>