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Group Files Lawsuit Against Kansas For Teaching Science In Science Class

A group with the deeply Orwellian name Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) have lost their lawsuit to stop the Kansas State Board of Education teaching evolution.

If this sounds familiar, it is because we have been here beforeQuite a few times, actually. However, in defiance of their ideology, creationists keep evolving new approaches in response to the courts’ determination that you can’t will away a mountain of scientific evidence based on your interpretation of a single ancient book.

The cause of this latest flare-up is a result of the Next Generation Science Standards drawn up by 26 states in cooperation with the National Research Council. The standards are based on the idea that, “Science—and therefore science education—is central to the lives of all Americans, preparing them to be informed citizens in a democracy and knowledgeable consumers.” As previous guidelines for science standards are at least 15 years old, it was considered time for an update.

COPE’s novel argument was that evolution promotes atheism, whose teaching violates the separation of the church and state. How this squares with the more frequent claim that the Intelligent Design is not religious, since the “designer” does not have to be God, is unclear. John Calvert, an attorney for COPE is also founder of the Intelligent Design Network.

“The state’s job is simply to say to students, ‘How life arises continues to be a scientific mystery and there are competing ideas about it,’” Calvert said when launching the case.

COPE’s lawsuit expressed concerns that the Standards will lead, “Very young children to ask ultimate questions about the cause and nature of life and the universe – where do we come from.” This is bad, apprently, because the Standards then allegedly use, “A variety of deceptive devices and methods that will lead them to answer the questions with only materialistic/atheistic explanations.” Presentation of scientific evidence now being classified as a “deceptive device”.

The case gained plenty of attention when it was first brought in September 2013. However, its dismissal by US District Judge Daniel Crabtree earlier this month was much lower profile. Strangely, COPE doesn’t even mention that they lost on their website.

Crabtree ruled that COPE had not shown any injury, beyond an “abstract stigmatic injury,” from students learning science.

Kansas has a reputation as a center for extreme conservatism and has a particularly strong anti-science movement. Nevertheless, it is one of only 12 states that have so far adopted the Next Generation Standards, while the Wyoming legislature has blocked their introduction. If that is not disturbing enough, the Wyoming decision was a compromise – the original proposal wanted sought to ban any new science standards at all.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/science-curriculum-back-kansas-courtrooms

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Yankees Vs Red Sox Game Was Delayed Today Due To A Swarm Of Bees

Yankees Vs Red Sox Game Was Delayed Today Due To A Swarm Of Bees

You won’t BEELIEVE it.

1. A spring training game in Tampa, Fla., between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was delayed on Tuesday due to a swarm of bees.

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6. It wasn’t easy though.

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7. And some players were even concerned for the bees’ well being.

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Woman Got Drunk, Beheaded Pet Snakes, Tried To Eat Their Heads

Woman Got Drunk, Beheaded Pet Snakes, Tried To Eat Their Heads

We’ve all messed up after a few drinks, but for most of us that normally involves drunk-dialingour ex or going into the wrong toilet at the bar.

Jennifer Lampe, 28, has been given a suspended 4 month jail sentence for killing her two snakes while drunk, and causing them unnecessary suffering.

She was discovered by police covered in blood, with the lifeless body of her boa constrictor wrapped around her neck, and the heads of both reptiles stashed in her pockets covered in vomit, after she had attempted to swallow them but thrown them up.

She told the RSPCA she ‘wanted to keep them’, and magistrates accused her of committing an ‘unpleasant, not to say bizarre’ act of animal cruelty.

The court was also told about how, a few weeks before the snake decapitations, she threw her pet hamster into a fish tank and watched it drown because it wasmaking too much noise in the night.

RSPCA prosecutor Roger Price told court she then ‘put the dead hamster in a chest freezer’ but its contents were later emptied.

Mr Price said Lampe killed the two-metre boa constrictor and a smaller ball python in April of this year because she was worried she mightbecome homeless and therefore wouldn’t be able to look after the pair.

She was living with her sister, but after falling out with her sister’s boyfriend she became agitated and took a pair of scissors and knife up to her room where she was keeping the snakes. Her sister found her hysterical with the snake draped around her neck and called the police.

A vet who examined the animals found that the snakes’ ‘suffering was prolonged and painful’ and saidthat reptiles’ heads ‘can remain operable up to an hour after decapitation’, meaning they likely were fullyaware of Lampe as she swallowed them.

Sarah Cooper, representing Lampe, described heras a vulnerable ‘loner’ who had ‘some mental health problems’, a drink problem and was currently taking anti-depressants.

‘It is a bizarre set of circumstances, needless to say, the animals have suffered, they shouldn’t have, she knows that.’

If you have any concerns about the welfare of an animal, contact the RSPCAor your nationalanimal welfare organisations.

H/T: Daily Mail, Telegraph

Lead image: RSPCA

Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2016/08/woman-got-drunk-beheaded-pet-snakes-tried-to-eat-their-heads-102702/

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The Thing You Need to Know About Your “Difficult” Child

The Thing You Need to Know About Your "Difficult" Child

“Children are a gift from God, but much like any cleverly wrapped present, you have no clue what youre going to find when you open it…”

By Brie Gowen

I think parenting is hard no matter how you slice it, but when you factor in the wide spectrum of personalities children can possess, that much to a parents distress is far different from their own, you have a clash of ideals. Children are a gift from God, but much like any cleverly wrapped present, you have no clue what youre going to find when you open it. And with kids even what you see is not what you get. Parenting is a practice in patience for sure, but also a unique learning experience. Even when it is exasperating.

I can remember with my first daughter making my way hesitantly through her infant existence. As a new mom it was certainly challenging, but looking back I realize she was an easy baby. Shes also grown into a very simple to understand child thus far. I never had to baby proof my home when she was little, and though she could crawl, if you set her down in one place she was quite content to just stay there playing with a single toy. Shes a very loving young lady with a precious heart for those around her, and shes obedient as much as she is gracious. Quick to smile, and even quicker to forgive, shes an easy child to raise. She just is.

This morning as I sat on the sofa pulling on my socks I prayed for each of my girls in turn, and when I came to my middle child I laughed a bit as I prayed for her safety. I always do. I often joke with my husband that she must have an entire host of guardian angels surrounding her at all times as thats the only explanation for zero emergency room visits in her almost four years of life. Shes my accident prone child, and if theres something to trip over she would be the one to find it. Heck, she trips when theres nothing there.

As I gazed at her gorgeous features while she slept, no doubt dreaming of something adorable, my heart melted at how much I loved her. I loved her so much! And it was a good thing. She was what you might term my challenging child, or my difficult one. Whether you called it independent, strong-willed, or highly spirited, she was indeed a personality all her own. She pushed every button I had, sometimes twice or more, and made me mutter things I would just rather not.

She was the child that would boldly defy you right to your face, but also give you the most passionate embrace youd ever experienced. Her wheels were always turning for what exploration and mayhem should could conjure up next, but when she smiled I was sure the earth stopped spinning. I called her my star. My bright, shining star. She was so far away from the planet I had imagined her to be, but her brilliance radiated for light years.


This morning as I prayed specifically for this wonderful girl who made me pay for my raising I asked God to show me wisdom.

Show me how to parent her, Lord, in a way that would cultivate the special gifts you have planted in her. Help me to lead her closer to you, and to help her emerge as the young woman you have designed her to be.

The thing was I didnt want her to be easy. I didnt want her to be like her big sister, or even like me. I realized something about my girl. She wasnt difficult, she was different. She wasnt so much a challenge as she was a unique soul. All children are, some just more than others. I believe God places special personalities in each of His creations, and my job as a mother isnt to squash her spirit, but to help it shine. Its not my job to capture my little star and place her in a box, but rather to help her radiate Gods goodness in the way He has in mind.

Its not because shes the middle child, contrary to popular believe, but I think its because the Lord has a special calling on her life. Hes going to use her independent, strong spirit to do amazing things for His kingdom, and I just pray I can help her cultivate her gifts to bring glory to her creator. Shes not so much difficult as she is on a divine path for Gods glory, and I wonder how many of us loose our shine along the way trying to fit into a mold thats easier for the world to handle?

So what I do is try to never let her forget how special she is. Sure, I set boundaries. Theres rules, consequences, and plenty of loving discipline, but theres also a lot of hugs. When she seems to be bouncing back and forth through her day like some eighties video game I take the time to stop her, make eye contact, and tell her how loved she is despite my frequent, frequent correction. Thats where my pet name came in.

I love you, my little bright and shining star. Youre very special to mommy.

But I do that with my oldest too. I take tiny blocks of time alone with each one to sow feelings of love and appreciation for the unique spirits they possess. In the end there is no easy child or difficult child. Not really. There is simply different children with different gifts that God can use in different ways. My prayer is that I can lead them to discover their gifts, and never make them feel like they should change who He has made them to be.

About the Author:Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When shes not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. Shed love for you to check out her blogat BrieGowen.com.

Read more: http://www.faithit.com/thing-you-need-know-about-your-difficult-child-brie-gowen/

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