Christians Sue to Stop Science Standards in Kansas

In case you thought Kansas hadn’t had enough idiocy over science curricula in public schools, a group of fundamentalist Christians has filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the implementation of science standards on the grounds that they will teach things that are “inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs” of the plaintiffs. The Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the plaintiffs, said in a press release:
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Kansas School Board Votes for Intercom Prayers

The school board in the badly misnamed town of Liberal, Kansas really, really wants to force students to listen to people praying. I mean really, really badly. So much that they ignored the advice of their superintendent and attorney and voted for it with no discussion when it wasn’t even on the agenda.
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Dean Chambers’ Dumbest Prediction Yet

Dean Chambers clearly doesn’t learn lessons very well. Or maybe he just doesn’t care if he ends up being humiliated publicly as long as it earns him some attention. But after being thoroughly embarrassed by “unskewing” the polls and predicting a Romney landslide last year, he’s made his dumbest prediction yet: Chris Christie is going to run as a Democrat, because only as a Republican could he get elected as a fat man. Or something.
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More Abuse for Jessica Ahlquist

With the announcement the Class of 1963 at Cranston West High School has donated two new banners to be put up in place of the prayer mural taken down after Jessica Ahlquist’s successful lawsuit, there’s a new torrent of hateful abuse being aimed at Jessica on Twitter. When she playfully tweeted that she hadn’t been invited to the unveiling ceremony for the banners, the insults and attacks were unleashed, along with some serious ignorance too.
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Real Estate Marketing for Dummies

Or perhaps to dummies would be more accurate. Olivia Newton-John called in a Catholic priest to exorcize a house she owns in Florida and is trying to sell. A contractor committed suicide there and apparently potential buyers, including Rosie O’Donnell, were being scared off the by the specter (see what I did there?) of ghosts and evil spirits lurking about.
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The Blaze Covers FFRF’s Stoning Event

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a Stone a Heathen event on Monday to call attention to International Blasphemy Rights Day and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night project. It’s a clever fundraiser first done at the University of South Carolina where people can buy water balloons and “stone” an atheist, with the money going to charity. Billy Hallowell of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze tries to understand the event.
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Michigan Filmmaker Pushes Christian Nation Nonsense

I’d never heard of Joseph Zabrosky, who grew up in Brighton, Michigan and now lives in nearby Howell, until I saw this article in a local paper. He’s apparently made a film called The Real One Nation Under God, which “uses a fictional storyline to make his argument that the Founding Fathers’ intentions and case law solidify Christianity as the country’s established religion.” And he makes predictably bad arguments in the article:
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NSA Spied on Political Enemies in Cold War

Foreign Policy reports on newly declassified documents that show that the NSA spied on a whole range of people that the LBJ and Nixon administrations considered their political enemies, including at least two sitting U.S. Senators, Martin Luther King and even — for crying out loud — Art Buchwald.
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House Debt Ceiling Bill: Surrender or the Government Gets It

The House Republicans gave a copy of their proposed legislation for raising the debt ceiling and to call it laughable would be a rather significant understatement. They essentially demand that President Obama give them everything they want on every other issue and throw in a pony too. Ezra Klein’s got it nailed:
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