My Scottish Loch is Full of Eels

September 5, 2019

Behold as The Morning Heresy links to an article from Sports Illustrated! For very good reason: Tim Rohan reports on Clemson University’s football program and how coach Dabo Swinney has saturated it with Jesus:

Last year, when D.J. Uiagalelei, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the 2020 class, visited Clemson, he noticed the deeply religious culture. Uiagalelei is a devout young man himself, and after touring the facilities and meeting with Swinney, he called his mother all excited. You can feel the presence of God here, he said. He’s here, Mom. He’s here.

Rep. Jarred Huffman, the only avowed nonbeliever in Congress, tells the FFRF that there should be no theistic invocations when being sworn in to testify before Congress:

It’s unconstitutional to require a witness in congressional testimony to affirm an oath to a deity they may not even believe in or to affirm an oath to a singular deity when you might be a polytheistic Hindu for example. It’s just preposterous.

He also says that GOP Rep. Liz Cheney “went ballistic” over the idea that Democrats wouldn’t require the God part. Her office responded predictably:

[Rep. Cheney] will always defend God. Period. If that bothers Rep. Huffman, we’ll be praying for him.

On the latest episode of our podcast Point of Inquiry, Kavin Senapathy talks to Dr. Sarah Taber of the podcast Farm to Taber, one of the “most prolific and eye-opening agriculture myth-busters.”

Former CFI chief Ron Lindsay returns to the blog to get a handle on the issue of how old categories for gender and sex simply don’t take into account the varieties of human biology and experience. He also says you can’t make “a workable chair or table wholly out of tomatoes” and I’m all CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Last night, CNN devoted seven hours of airtime to town halls with Democratic candidates, all focused on the climate crisis. Take THAT, DNC!

Marianne Williamson thinks your negative thoughts contribute to hurricanes, and then gets mad at people for criticizing her, attacking in particular, um, Democrats. She must know her time as a candidate is up.

It will likely not surprise you to know that a new study shows that Muslims are the most negatively-covered minority in U.S. news media. You might be surprised by how bad the disparity actually is.

A proposed school curriculum in Wales seems awfully fuzzy to a group of prominent scientists and organizations, 46 of whom, including Richard Dawkins, Alice Roberts, and David Attenborough, are jointly opposing the new standards for concerns about how creationism could creep its way into science classes.

Earlier this year, Jesse Karmazin’s company Ambrosia, which offered blood transfusions from young folks as an anti-aging serum, was shut down after the FDA made noise. Now he’s back with what sounds like the same crap: Ivy Plasma. Sounds itchy.

Cathleen O’Grady at FiveThirtyEight reports on the efforts to replicate studies that purported to prove that the act of smiling induces happiness. I just find it exhausting.

Richard Cooke at The New Republic, goodness gracious, dives into the world of right-wingers and their brain pills.

Alex Jones loses an appeal in the lawsuits brought against him by Sandy Hook families. WNPR reports, “Jones must now pay all costs associated with an appeal filed against a parent of a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim, says the Texas Court of Appeals.”

John Horgan seems to really not like scientists or, um, science? So for whatever reason Scientific American decided to publish a piece by him which says, in a nutshell, that science is hubristic because we don’t know everything yet.

Joe Nickell has done more with his life than I can comprehend. Among the bazillion other careers and adventures he’s had, did you know he used to be a cop and a Hollywood stunt man? I’m wondering if I’ll find out he was an astronaut, and maybe a time traveler.

Remember how a New Zealand scientist gathered up DNA samples from the waters of Loch Ness to see what the hell was in there? No? It’s okay. He did. And the results are in:

Prof Neil Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago. said: “People love a mystery, we’ve used science to add another chapter to Loch Ness’ mystique.

“We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data. So, sorry, I don’t think the plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data that we have obtained.” …

“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA. Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them. So – are they giant eels?

“Well, our data doesn’t reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness. Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness Monster might be a giant eel.”

I’m sure that means we’re done now with this. Right?

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Kentucky sees your dollar-bill-instead-of-an-In-God-We-Trust-sign, and raises you…a penny.

Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says that you’re not really human if you don’t have kids. Shows how little he knows. I’ll tell you from direct experience, my kids see to it that I feel as inhuman as possible, every single day.

Quote of the Day

Rev. Michael Andres, writing into the Concord Monitor, responds to Arch-Patriarch Mike Pence’s declaration that “the Bible stays” in V.A. hospitals:

What some of us would like is for the VA to follow the Constitution and not put one religion over another, and for the VA to be inclusive to all religions.

How does a Muslim feel when they walk past that table? Or a Jew or a Hindu? What about an atheist? Not all POW/MIA’s were Christian.

During my time at the VA I have had the opportunity to visit and minister to Muslims, Jews and, yes, atheists. It’s not practical to have the scriptures of every religion on the table, so we shouldn’t have any. …

… I wonder, if a copy of the Koran was placed on the table instead of a Bible, would Pence say, “the Koran stays”?

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