Daily Archives: April 16, 2009

Conservative Texas Church Throws Tantrum; Secedes from Bigger Church

The Episcopal Church has filed a lawsuit seeking to regain control of church property from the breakaway Diocese of Fort Worth.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Tarrant County district court. Defendants include Fort Worth Bishop Jack Iker, who led the theologically conservative diocese to split from the national church over issues including gay clergy and women in the priesthood.

Texans = Cry Babies

Science Rock Stars

Lynn Fellman, the Ira Flatow of the Twin Cities, has a guest post at Quiche Moraine about her recent trip to the Origins Symposium.

Rusty-red rocks against an electric blue sky were an exact color match for the mix of brilliant intellect I knew to be in Phoenix on Monday. I had just flown into Sky Harbor Airport from Minneapolis, and any Minnesotan will tell you that we don’t waste a day like that indoors. It was a sparkling spring morning alive with color and radiant sunshine. But I happily joined 3,000 other science fans inside a dark auditorium for a full twelve-hour day of physics, cosmology, biology and more.

Read Rock Stars of Science at Origins Symposium

I am so excited!!!

Texas is going to secede from the union! Seriously! The governor of Texas has laid down the gauntlet, and unless we get rid of that Black Guy as president and that Damn Woman as speaker of the house, it’s vamoose for Texas!

And I couldn’t be happier. Texas should not be part of the Union. Why? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but here are the top three:

  1. Texans are stupid. They bring our total national average down too much.
  2. Texans are regressive. Two steps forward, ten steps backwards, politically. I’d rather not live in the middle ages, thank you very much.
  3. Texans smell bad, look funny, and have kooties. I know that looks like three reasons but I think they may be linked.

Good bye, Texas!

(I can’t wait to see how this affects immigration policy in the US and the new Lone Star Country.)

You know, I got interviewed on the phone by a reporter from Texas this morning and I’m still washing my my ear out.

Louisiana: Not so sure about evolution

“Just in time for the bicentennial observance of Charles Darwin’s birth, a new survey of Louisiana residents shows 40 percent of the respondents believe evolution is not well-supported by evidence or generally accepted within the scientific community,” the Baton Rouge Advocate (April 14, 2009) reports. The Louisiana Survey, sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at Louisiana State University, asked (PDF), “Do you think the scientific theory of evolution is well supported by evidence and widely accepted within the scientific community, or that it is not well supported by evidence and many scientists have serious doubts about it?” Of the respondents, only 38.8% preferred the correct option, with 40.3% thinking that evolution is not well supported and 20.9% listed as saying they don’t know. The survey also asked, “When teaching students about human origins, would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism along with evolution in public schools?”; 57.5% of the respondents said that they favored teaching creationism, 31% said that they opposed teaching creationism, and 11.4% were listed as saying they don’t know.

See this for all of the details.