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Road To Nowhere?: Ky. Officials Ramp Up Support For ‘Ark Park’

Officials in Kentucky have apparently decided that they’re willing to endure a large amount of embarrassment if it will bring some mediocre jobs to the state.

Media outlets reported recently that the state will spend $10 million on road improvements near the infamous “Ark Park,” a creationist attraction being erected in Williamstown by Ken Ham.

Just Can’t COPE: Kan. Anti-Evolution Group Loses Second Challenge To Science Curriculum Standards

A Kansas-based creationist group has lost a legal challenge to science education standards in public schools. Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) filed suit against the Kansas Board of Education in 2013 to block implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards because, COPE asserted, they encouraged schools to promote atheism to children.

Museum Misadventure: Ky. Elementary School Takes Students To Ken Ham’s Creationist Exhibition

A Kentucky elementary school has a strange concept of what constitutes a reward given that it took a group of students to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in 2012 as a prize for having “perfect” attendance.

“Perfect” belongs in quotes, here, because Lee County Elementary in Petersburg, Ky., has a rather flexible definition of perfection: students could miss one day of school and still qualify for flawless attendance. (Who knew perfection was open to interpretation?)

Intelligence Test: Justice Scalia And The Limits Of Brilliance

As I sift through the news in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, there’s one word I keep seeing over and over again:  Brilliant.

We’re told that even if you disagreed with Scalia’s extremely conservative views, you must stand in awe of his brilliance, his genius, his searing wit.

Fair enough. I have observed Scalia in action many times at the Supreme Court over the past 28 years. I don’t doubt that he was a pretty smart guy.

Presentation Problems: Sectarian Speakers Find Ways To Preach To Public School Students

Public schools are paying religious groups to speak to students, and the presentations aren’t always as secular as they claim, Slate reported today.

According to investigative journalist Katherine Stewart, some groups bent on spreading a sectarian message in public schools have discovered an “effective” way into what should be a secular setting.

Our Top Stories: Ten Prominent Church-State Flaps From 2015

As 2015 winds down, you’ll encounter a lot of lists – best movies of the year, what’s hot and what’s not and so on. Well, here’s our version of that: a list of what we at “The Wall of Separation” consider to be the Top Ten church-state stories of 2015:

Growth Industry: New Study Illustrates How Creationist Tactics Keep Evolving

A new study says that a single county policy spawned at least 65 bills to promote creationism in American public schools. Nicholas J. Matzke, a phylogeneticist based at the Australian National University, traced the bills back to a 2006 Ouachita Parish, La., curriculum policy that encouraged teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”

Science Lesson: Celebrating 10 Years Of The Dover Decision

On Dec. 20, 2005, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania handed down an important ruling in a case challenging the teaching of “intelligent design” creationism in public schools.

In Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Jones struck down a policy that had been approved by members of the school board in Dover, Pa., a small town of about 2,000 residents. His ruling was a slam dunk, making it clear that intelligent design (ID) is not science.

Maine Education Official Under Fire For Past Pro-Creationism Remarks

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has appointed a man to be acting education commissioner who in the past has expressed support for teaching creationism in public schools.

Dr. William Beardsley is the former president of Bangor-based Husson University and is considered a close associate of LePage. Beardsley’s academic credentials are not in doubt, but his understanding of basic science is questionable: He expressed unequivocal support for teaching creationism during his unsuccessful 2010 bid to become the Republican nominee for governor.

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