Saudi professor says sinful acts at Christmastime caused disaster
Source: World Net Daily [Link]
A Muslim Saudi professor says the earthquake and tsunami in south Asia were punishment from Allah for homosexuality and fornication committed by residents and visitors of affected countries at Christmastime.
Six Apart to buy LiveJournal
Source: Om Malik [Link]
EXCLUSIVE: Folks have been predicting a big year for mergers and acquisitions in 2005, and we are starting the year with a bang. I have learnt exclusively that Six Apart, the parent company behind hosted blogging service TypePad, and Moveable Type is about to acquire Live Journal, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is a mix of stock and cash, and could be announced sometime later this month, according to those close to the two companies. If the deal goes through, then Six Apart will become one of the largest weblog companies in the world, with nearly 6.5 million users. It also gives the company a very fighting chance against Google’s Blogger and Microsoft’s MSN Spaces.
The Museum Of Christian Stupidity? "YAY!" says Kentucky
Source: Answering Genesis [Link]
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith, and to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a ‘millions of years old’ earth (and even older universe).
Answers in Genesis teaches that ‘facts’ don't speak for themselves, but must be interpreted. That is, there aren’t separate sets of ‘evidences’ for evolution and creation—we all deal with the same evidence (we all live on the same earth, have the same fossils, observe the same animals, etc.). The difference lies in how we interpret what we study. The Bible—the ‘history book of the universe’—provides a reliable, eye-witness account of the beginning of all things, and can be trusted to tell the truth in all areas it touches on. Therefore, we are able to use it to help us make sense of this present world. When properly understood, the ‘evidence’ confirms the biblical account.
Fundies say the darndest thingsCreation: ‘where’s the proof?’
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Braise Jebus. Now bow your heads and lettuce spray.
House considers weakening ethics rules
Source: CNN [Link]
Republican leaders are considering a change in House ethics rules that could make it harder to discipline lawmakers.
The proposal being circulated among House Republicans would end a general rule against any behavior that might bring "discredit" on the chamber, according to House Republican and Democratic leadership aides.
House members would be held to a narrower standard of behavior in keeping with the law, the House's rules and its ethics guidelines.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is the focus of a grand jury probe into his campaign finance practice
More gays targets of hate, state says
Sources: Newsday [Link] Tallahassee Democrat [Link]
Though race still is the top motivator in such crimes, sexual orientation now makes up 20% of them.
Plan for Social Security relies on an immediate, familiar Bush strategy
Source: Boston.com [Link]
The run-up to President Bush's plan to deal with Social Security is looking a lot like the run-up to his plan to deal with Saddam Hussein.
Arkansas court overrules ban on gay foster parents, State promises to appeal ruling won by ACLU
Source: MSNBC [Link]
A judge struck down a state ban on placing foster children in any household with a gay member, ruling that the state agency enforcing the rule had overstepped its authority by trying to regulate “public morality.”
INXS Holding auditions for new lead singer
Source: INXSRockstar.com [Link]
Surviving members turning to fans to pick new lead singer