Godless Engineer Interviews: John Shuck

John Shuck is a pastor that doesn’t believe in God but more importantly he’s still Christian.

Find out how he reconciles this in a new version of this old faith.

You can watch the interview via Secular TV if you want video:

Or you can listen to it on Spreaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/godlessengineer/godless-engineer-interviews-john-schuck

Or on Sound Cloud:

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Creationism pushed in Louisiana schools

The Friendly Atheist reported on this recently but I wanted to point out some more violations contained within Zack Kopplin’s slate article.

As pointed out by Hemant in his article an email between a teacher her respective principal:

You wanted me to let you know when I was planning the Creation point of view. I will be doing this on Monday 3/21. The students will actually be doing most of the presenting. We will read in Genesis and them some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present. We will start off at the beginning of the period and I do not anticipate it lasting the entire time. That will be 1st and 2nd block.

But it doesn’t stop there at all:

After the hearing I followed up with the Ouachita Parish school system to learn how the “discrepancies” in evolution were being taught. I obtained a PowerPoint about the origin of life that is used in Ouachita Parish Junior High School’s life science classes. It presents evolution as just a theory and says that theories are “possibly true” but “not known or proven to be true.” Creationism is also presented as a theory and given equal footing with evolution. Students are taught that the “[b]asis for creationism is founded in Genesis of the Bible,” and “Creationism relies on the claim that there is a ‘purpose’ to all creation known only to the creator.”

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 No shit it says it right on the presentation. The entire thing, which I highly recommend you glancing over, goes through pages and pages of strawmanning and misrepresenting science to put Creationism in a positive light. The Creationism page is just one page but yet evolution and science gets shit on for multiple pages… Fair and Balanced my ass.

Of course it doesn’t help with comments from the goddamned Governor like this:

School boards have also used the act to push for creationism. At a 2010 Caddo Parish School Board meeting, board member Steve Riall “said he knows the Governor has granted permission for districts in Louisiana to give equal value in teaching evolution and creationism,” according to the meeting’s minutes.

Oh yes… Jindal is really looking to teach both equally. If by equally you mean defeating a strawman version of science.

Opinion

If you’re going to educate your child into ignorance, that’s fine but don’t force other kids that would actually want an education to do the same. You’re supposed to serve the public and that means the lowest common denominator and I can guaran-fucking-tee you that it doesn’t include goddamned christian beliefs.

The government is tasked with being secular but these fucknuggets don’t want it to be secular. They want a theocracy where they can force everyone to believe what they want them to believe.

(h/t Friendly Atheist, Zack via Slate)

Christians suing over “God’s Not Dead”

I shit you not. Christians really fucking care about this movie as well as who gets the credit for producing and creating this pile of dog shit movie. But you won’t guess who has reared his lil Dennis Leary looking head to bitch about this movie?

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are John Sullivan and Brad Stine… Brad Stine… this name should ring a bell because a video went viral sometime last year and I made a response to it:

Yeah that guy who apparently destroyed evolution with one of the worst comedy sets ever. It’s one thing to purposefully act like a dumbass about science / evolution and it’s another thing to do it without realizing it.

He was completely serious.

As for the actual lawsuit goes, I think they have a pretty good case for it because as Hemant points out the plot of Proof, the title of film the lawsuit is also concerned with:

At the core of this internal conflict is an engaging professor described and/or portrayed by Plaintiffs in the Proof Treatments as a militant atheist (the “Atheist Professor”) who openly mocks Professor Daniels’ Christian ideology, and further goes so far as to administer a failing grade to a Christian student (“Josh”) who incorporates “Intelligent Design” into one of his papers.

Now, it’s obvious that key points in this general description are prevalent in the film God’s Not DeadThey, Sullivan and Stine, had tried to sell the movie script to the studio for a few thousand but ended up turning it down. After that, Pure Flix started on their own version of the film that Sullivan and Stine had presented but declined to sell.

My guess is that they will win the suit and get a portion of the profit that the movie made which was 30x the price of production.

(h/t Friendly Atheist)