P.T. Barnum, founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, promoted a number of hoaxes in his day. He probably never said “there’s a sucker born every minute,” but it seems he embraced that idea throughout his career. Now, it appears Barnum has an ideological descendant in Ken Ham, head of a creationist ministry that is trying to build a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. Read more
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When I was a kid, I enjoyed collecting stamps. Although I didn’t stay with the hobby into adulthood, I still like to buy my stamps online so I can see the whole range of what the U.S. Post Office has to offer.
A spat over a high school student’s decision to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance has been favorably resolved. The administrators of Southside High School in Elmira, N.Y., have agreed to allow a student to sit during the Pledge in response to a letter from the American Humanist Association (AHA).
It seems an anti-drug program rooted in the Church of Scientology never left California’s public schools even though it was supposedly removed nearly a decade ago.
A recent investigative report by Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle detailed the resilience of “Narconon,” a Scientology-founded program that church members claim can help people wrestling with substance abuse. Read more
Let’s pretend that Americans United hired a former Army general for a top executive position. And let’s pretend that it came to light that this man had written a memoir containing sensitive information that compromised the security goals of the United States – a book he hadn’t bothered to first vet with the Pentagon, by the way.
How do you think the far right would be reacting? What would they be saying about Americans United? Read more
Emerging details about Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green’s controversial Bible class appear to confirm concerns about its sectarian intentions. The class, which is currently being challenged by Americans United, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is set to enter public schools in Mustang, Okla., next year.
I am a native of Pennsylvania.
I’m proud of my home state. It has a fascinating history, beautiful mountains and some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. (I’ll grant that the weather could be better.) Read more
Sometimes lawmakers just won’t give up on a bad idea. This week’s bad idea is brought to you by members of Congress who think it would be great to add a Christian prayer to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read more