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Explain this to me Atheist - Response.

Explain this to me Atheist - Response. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I know, I'm sorry. I couldn't resist doing another one of these posts where I respond to questions for atheists. They are just so fun to watch and write that I will probably do quite a few more of them when I'm bored.
I hope you enjoy these sorts of posts. If not then drop me an email and I will stop doing them.

Today's question comes from a Youtube user 'cjae2631'.

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Evolution Is Still Happening: Beneficial Mutations in Humans

Evolution Is Still Happening: Beneficial Mutations in Humans | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One of my all-time most popular posts on Daylight Atheism, "The Scars of Evolution", lists some of the kludges, hacks and jury-rigs left behind in the human genome, the telltale signature of evolution. The vestigial structures and design compromises still found in human bodies are tangible evidence that our species has a long evolutionary history and didn't just pop into existence ex nihilo.

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Survey: U.S. Protestant pastors reject evolution, split on Earth's age – CNN Belief Blog

Survey: U.S. Protestant pastors reject evolution, split on Earth's age – CNN Belief Blog | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

America’s Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject the theory of evolution and are evenly split on whether the earth is 6,000 years old, according to a survey released Monday by the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A new year of creationist nonsense

A new year of creationist nonsense | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

It looks as if the yahoos will still be with us in 2012, trying to worm their creationist nonsense into the public schools. But of course since it all stems from religion, and religion is still with us, what do you expect? Here, from Yahoo News, is a roundup of what we can expect from two states this year:

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Yellow Cat Offers Rebuttal to Creationist Rabbi

Yellow Cat Offers Rebuttal to Creationist Rabbi | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The stakes are higher this time for Higgs. He's going to rebut a much more promient creationist this time. Rabbi Moshe Averick writes for the Jewish newspaper Algemeiner.
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Tri-City Herald Publishes Creationist’s Tall Tale As News | Friendly Atheist

Tri-City Herald Publishes Creationist’s Tall Tale As News | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Here’s a perfect example of bad reporting.

John Trumbo of the Tri-City Herald in Washington state wrote an article about Greg Morgan, a local man who recently found an unusual sandstone formation. And there’s only one conclusion he can draw from it: “This is excellent evidence for Noah’s flood. It is far better than what anyone believes for an ancient Earth,” Morgan said.

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Intelligent Design Is Dead: A Christian Perspective

Intelligent Design Is Dead: A Christian Perspective | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
For a person of faith, Intelligent Design is not just an unnecessary choice; it is a harmful one. It reduces God to a kind of holy tinkerer. It locates the divine in places of ignorance and obscurity.
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How do we know evolution *really* happens?

How do we know evolution *really* happens? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
It's a common misconception that evolution is a matter of faith, because it happens too slowly to observe. Here's the way one reader sees it: "I don't see any fish walking around, nor do I see any other creature in mid-evolving mode. . . . Simply stated, both creationism and evolution should be taught as competing theories; both are not provable, and both cannot be duplicated in a lab."

But evolution does happen in the lab, in real time, and it's bad news for us because such rapid evolution allows organisms that can kill us by evading drugs, vaccines, and our own immune systems.

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Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren | Video on TED.com

Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

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County school superintendent blasts evolution | NCSE

County school superintendent blasts evolution | NCSE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The superintendent of the school system in Hart County, Kentucky, is complaining about the emphasis on evolution in the state's new end-of-course test for biology, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader (December 13, 2011). In a November 21, 2011, letter to state education commissioner Terry Holliday and the state board of education, Ricky D. Line expressed "deep concern about the increased emphasis on the evolution content required in the new End-of-Course Blueprint ... I find the increase is substantial and alarming." He continued, "I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point in education that we are teaching evolution, not the theory of evolution, as a factual occurence, while totally omitting the creation story by a God who is bigger than all of us. I do not believe in macroevolution, and I do believe in creation by our God." Line oversees six schools with about 2200 students.

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Controversial Turkish Internet Censorship Program Targets Evolution Sites - ScienceInsider

Controversial Turkish Internet Censorship Program Targets Evolution Sites - ScienceInsider | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Evolution, apparently, ranks alongside pornography and terrorism as topics that the Turkish government's controversial new Internet filtering scheme keeps out of the hands of children. Internet users in Turkey were surprised yesterday to find that several educational Web sites about evolution, such as this one, were inaccessible. After Hürriyet Daily News reported the censorship yesterday, the government reversed the block today. But science advocates and Internet freedom activists say it's a worrying sign of the government's attitude toward evolution.

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Another reason to never debate creationists | Pharyngula

Another reason to never debate creationists | Pharyngula | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Because they are scumsucking profiteering liars.

Case in point: a few people had a conversation with Eric Hovind and Sye Ten Bruggencate, a couple of dishonest frauds. This was not a commercial transaction.

"We did not agree for God Quest, inc. to edit the conversation we had with Sye and Eric. We did not agree for God Quest, inc. to use our comments for any commercial purpose of any kind. We were not asked if God Quest, inc. could use our comments in this way. We specifically said the whole point of our having the conversation was that it would not be used in this way."

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Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real

Female Scientists Patiently Explain That Yes, Evolution is Real | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

[A] group of scientists and science writers gathered a dream team of women who work in science to patiently explain what everyone should already know: that evolution is real and should be taught to students in schools. Among their reasons? If we don't understand evolution, we'll all probably someday be killed by ever evolving antibiotic resistant superbugs.

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Indiana Senate Bill Would Give School Boards The Power To Force Teachers To Teach Creationism As Science

Indiana Senate Bill Would Give School Boards The Power To Force Teachers To Teach Creationism As Science | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Senate bill being considered in Indiana would allow school boards across the state to force teachers to teach creationism as science.
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Nicolas Steno: The saint who undermined creationism

Nicolas Steno: The saint who undermined creationism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Celebrated with a Google doodle on his 374th birthday, Nicolas Steno set in motion a revolution that would ultimately unseat the Bible as an accepted scientific authority on the age of the earth. Now he is on the path to Catholic sainthood.
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William Lane 'Two Citations' Craig, Academic Midget

William Lane Craig likes to think of himself as an academic, an intellectual and if you believe his fans, 'is regarded by many as one of the worlds leading in Christian Apologetics'. Well that's all fine and dandy until you actually check out William Lane Craigs track record in the peer review literature. See it turns out that William Lane Craig is a champion in academic circles only in the category of publishing 'uncitable junk'.

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The New Golden Age of Freethought | National Atheist Party

The New Golden Age of Freethought | National Atheist Party | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

During a recent speech titled: A Strategic Plan for Secular Success, Author and Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Sean Faircloth, suggests that the main impediment to Atheism and the Secular community is the “seductive simplicity of certainty” possessed by those who endorse religion.

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Be Strident, Hitchens Tells Dawkins in His Final Interview | Big Think

Be Strident, Hitchens Tells Dawkins in His Final Interview | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Richard Dawkins guest-edited the Christmas edition of British left-wing politics and culture magazine The New Statesman -- and it contains an interview he conducted with his fellow anti-theist Christopher Hitchens, the writer’s last interview before he died of pneumonia, a complication of his oesophageal cancer. At 5,264 words, it’s a long, but riveting read. (There’s an excerpt at the magazine’s website.)

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Opposition to Indiana's creationist bill | NCSE

Opposition to Indiana's creationist bill | NCSE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (January 3, 2012) editorially criticized Indiana's Senate Bill 89. Introduced by Dennis Kruse (R-District 14), the bill, if enacted, would amend the Indiana Code to provide that "[t]he governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."

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Jerry Bergevin, New Hampshire Legislator, Links Evolution With Nazis And Columbine

Jerry Bergevin, New Hampshire Legislator, Links Evolution With Nazis And Columbine | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire who introduced legislation to stop the teaching of evolution in schools has claimed that the theory of evolution lead to the Columbine massacre.
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New year brings new attacks on evolution in schools

New year brings new attacks on evolution in schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The new year is bringing new controversy over teaching evolution in public schools, with two bills in New Hampshire seeking to require teachers to teach the theory more as philosophy than science.
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This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs!

This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs! We’re used to the familiar creationist trope of dinosaurs coexisting with humans, and we all remember the photo of P.Z. riding on a _Triceratops_ at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. At least those creationists have the decency to admit that dinosaurs were real, and that the fossils are real remnants of animals that once existed.

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4.5 million years of human evolution summed up in one picture

4.5 million years of human evolution summed up in one picture | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Redditor kreaturesleeper points out about the photo, “I like the part where gawd put those here to test us.”

Click here to see larger image.

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More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick

More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

According to a Gallup poll released today, there’s some heartening news: acceptance of evolution in America is on the rise. It isn’t jumping up precipitiously, but here are the latest data in a long-term (29-year) survey of Americans’ views on one aspect of evolution: how humans came to be.

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Rosa Rubicondior: 15 Answers for Creationists.

Rosa Rubicondior: 15 Answers for Creationists. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Written in reply to 15 Questions for Evolutionists.

This list of questions is depressing, not because they are difficult - any intermediate level biology student should be able to answer them with no more than a moments thought - but because they reveal the depths of ignorance, dishonesty and credulous stupidity on which Creationism relies. The questioner, apparently in all seriousness, believes these are difficult, killer knock-down questions which will challenge even the best of evolutionary biologists. Either that, or he imagines his target audience is that dishonest, ignorant and credulously stupid.

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