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Hey Creationists! What Kind Of Kind Is This?

Hey Creationists! What Kind Of Kind Is This? | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The Asian longhorn beetle is not just a beetle. It's also a bit fungus and a bit bacterium and maybe bits of other things too. So, what kind of kind it is, creationists?
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Probably because it was intelligently designed to do just that, the term 'kind' as used by creationists is so nebulous that it can mean whatever they need it to mean. The meaning can change at will according to the audience they are trying to get away with using it on or the debate they are trying to win with tactics because they don't have any evidence.
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Speciation Observed in a Laboratory

Speciation Observed in a Laboratory | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Scientist have seen both evolution and speciation occur in the laboratory, and their results are both indisputable and reproducible.
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That's right, creationists, scientists have observed evolution, including speciation, in the laboratory. And their experiment is reproducible.
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Those Poor Christians Are Being Persecuted Again!

Those Poor Christians Are Being Persecuted Again! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The Ohio Supreme Court has again established that Christians also have to comply with the law and do the job they are being paid with public money to do.
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In a ruling that will no doubt shock and enrage Christian fundamentalists everywhere, the Ohio Supreme Court has confirmed once again that even Christians have to obey the laws of the land.
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Something Dodgy In America

Something Dodgy In America | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Analysis of the voting figures and post-election opinion polls suggest something is very wrong with American democracy.
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Somehow the election figures and post-election polling returns are not adding up! Something is looking decidedly dodgy. It's almost as though the actual election was conducted elsewhere because the result it produced looks oddly out of place.
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Why Christians Supported the Very Un-Christian Trump

Why Christians Supported the Very Un-Christian Trump | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The Christian right supported Trump not because it was what Jesus would have done but because it suited the political ambitions of their cut leaders. Like sheep they did what their shepherds told them, going meekly and obediently into the slaughterhouse.
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A feature of the recent American presidential election was the grotesque abandonment of any pretense of Christian principles by the conservative Christian right in it's craven desire for political power and influence.
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Canine Conundrum For Creationists

Canine Conundrum For Creationists | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
How domestic dogs evolved to eat human food.
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Here is a sweet treat for dog lovers, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists, though not so much for creationists.
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Brain Development and Creationism

Brain Development and Creationism | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have taken a major step towards understanding how the human brain develops. Yet again, it's really bad news for creationist.
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Time For Positive Thinking!

Time For Positive Thinking! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Time for Americans to be positive!
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It's time for Americans to think and act positively! Don't be negative! Don't vote for Hillary just because Trump is a racist who is supported by the KKK and just about every white supremacist redneck!...
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No Women Priests! Cowardly Pope Blames His Predecessor.

No Women Priests! Cowardly Pope Blames His Predecessor. | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
As the Pope rules out women priests 'for ever', he blames it all on Pope John Paul II
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Quite why women would want to be Priest in a faith which officially regards them as an inferior type of human being, born to be ruled over by men, is quiet beyond me but the issue here is one of equal rights and equal opportunity for people to chose their own careers. Once again the Catholic Church has come out against equal rights and for division and discrimination, and of course for privilege and job protection for the men who govern it.
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A Christian Guide to Making Your Wife Have Sex

A Christian Guide to Making Your Wife Have Sex | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
What is it about the fundamentalist Christian view of women and sex that makes Donald Trump so appealing to them? This is how they see 'gender roles'.
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In a bid to understand the fascination of fundamentalist Christians with Donald Trump, and especially with their apparent admiration for his seduction technique, I thought I would conduct a little research into Christian teaching on bedroom matters, and in particular the approved gender roles within a marriage.
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'Alien' Life Beneath Canada?

'Alien' Life Beneath Canada? | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Signs of life in underground water isolated in deep rocks for up to 2.7 billion years!
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According to research results publish open access in Nature Communications yesterday, there could be life in water which has been isolated in rocks deep below Earth's surface for at least 1 billion years and possibly 2.7 billion years, i.e for maybe half the life of the planet.
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'Gay Cake' Victory Over Christian Bigotry

'Gay Cake' Victory Over Christian Bigotry | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
In a victory for basic human rights over Christian bigotry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a Northern Ireland baker was wrong to refuse to make and decorate a cake for a gay campaign to legalise same-sex marriage because they disagreed with their life-style.
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Double Dose Of Frog DNA Plagues Creationism

Double Dose Of Frog DNA Plagues Creationism | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
To summarise then, about 34 million years ago a species of frog diverged into two distinct species. At some point, due to a whole-genome duplication mutation in each species, a tetraploid form of each arose. Then about 16-17 million years ago, two of these related species hybridized so the offspring had the entire genome of both parent species.
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Catholic Fraud in Norway

Catholic Fraud in Norway | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church in Norway has been systematically defrauding Norwegian tax-payers for years. It was all an unfortunate mistake, apparently! Prosecutions are pending.
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Faced with evaporating membership and a serious decline in its income stream, the Catholic Church in Oslo, Norway did what any self-respecting welfare scrounger would do, and casually defrauded the state
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Why We Atheists Are Hated. We Frighten Them!

Why We Atheists Are Hated.  We Frighten Them! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
It's obvious now why so many 'loving' Christians are so deeply prejudiced against Atheists; it's not that they think we are wrong, it's that they are literally terrified that we are right!
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It's obvious now why so many 'loving' Christians are so deeply prejudiced against Atheists; it's not that they think we are wrong, it's that they are literally terrified that we are right!
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A Newly-Discovered Species of Archaic Humans?

A Newly-Discovered Species of Archaic Humans? | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The DNA of a previously unknown archaic species of hominid may have been discovered, making the Adam & Eve myth even more untenable.
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It's hard to see how the Abrahamic religions can continue to hold on to the myth of a single ancestral couple for the whole of humanity in the face of the onslaught from scientific evidence that this model is nonsensical. The Catholic Church's attempt to subscribe to it as an essential part of their dogma whilst also accepting the scientific evidence for the evolution of humans from a common ancestor with other apes and through a series of archaic pre-modern hominids is becoming increasingly untenable.
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Holy Poland!

Holy Poland! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church has appointed Jesus as head of state in Poland! No! Seriously!
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Poland is now an official monarchy - if you believe the Catholic Church. In a ceremony in Krakow Cathedral, reportedly attended by government officials including President Andrzej Duda, Jesus was crowned King of Poland. The ceremony was also attended by 'huge numbers' from Germany, Canada and the United States as well as from the rest of Poland.
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Rapid Human Evolution in America!

Rapid Human Evolution in America! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Right on the heels of the paper showing how a change in the domestic dog's environment drove their evolution, pushing them closer to humans, we have this example of how changes in the environment by one human group can have a major impact on the evolution of another human group.
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Nasty Design. Nasty Designer?

Nasty Design. Nasty Designer? | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
If you believe in an intelligent (sic) designer, you need to explain this piece of sheer, malevolent nastiness
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I've written several posts with examples of the sheer malevolent nastiness of creationists' notional intelligent (sic) designer, asking if it can get any nastier, but this latest example really does take some beating.
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Ten Great Reasons Women Should Vote For Trump

Ten Great Reasons Women Should Vote For Trump | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Great reasons women should vote for Donald Trump! O
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Donald Trump is the perfect choice for women. Here are ten great reasons women should vote for him! He has a penis and you need a penis to run a country. Even a small one will do. Women are physically handicapped in the genital department.
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Catholic Church Can Keep Child Abuse Secret!

Catholic Church Can Keep Child Abuse Secret! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Louisiana Supreme Court has given protection to Catholic priests who fail to inform the law enforcement agencies of cases of child abuse.
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The Catholic Church scored a victory in Louisiana, USA, a few days ago in it's struggle to prevent priests having to report cases of child abuse to the law enforcement agencies. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that Catholic priests do not have a duty to report instances of child abuse if they learn about them in the confessional.
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A Christian Husband's Guide to Sleeping Around

A Christian Husband's Guide to Sleeping Around | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Why Christians so admire Donald Trump despite his adultery is explained by a fundamentalist Christian - God approves of it and requires men to be polygamous, apparently. People just need to learn to read the Bible properly.
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If we're to believe our anonymous Christian mentor in matter marital, God not only intends good Christian men to be polygamous but actually approves of it and encourages it. Sleeping around is almost a sacrament.
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Christian Hypocrisy and Donald Trump

Christian Hypocrisy and Donald Trump | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
In what way exactly does Donald Trump represent Christian values? If he does, what does it say about Christians?
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It looks at the moment as though Christians have abandoned Christianity in their bid for power at any prices and would sell their soul to the Devil if that were possible, for a chance to sit alongside the President of the United States of America and have him in hock to them for their continuing support.
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Oh Creation! Interbreeding Chimps and Bonobos!

Oh Creation! Interbreeding Chimps and Bonobos! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
News that Chimps and bonobos interbred on occasion as the species diverged, shows the absurdity of key creationist ideas.
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So, come on creationists! How do you account for this emerging evidence of frequent interbreeding between gradually diverging species, within your co-existing alternatives of impossible speciation and warp-speed speciation?
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Windsurfing Mute Swans!

Windsurfing Mute Swans! | Atheism and Science | Scoop.it
Mute swans have been observed using their wings as sails to windsurf, so saving energy.
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A lovely example of a structure evolved for one purpose being used for another, unrelated purpose was published very recently in a short communication in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
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