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2009-09-03 10:58:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC protested the decision of El Mundo, one of Spain's leading newspapers, to publish an interview with the notorious British Holocaust denier David Irving this weekend, as part of its coverage of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. "David Irving has made a career out of lying," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "For El Mundo to bill a Holocaust denier as an 'expert' and 'innovative thinker' heaps shame...

2009-04-07 08:57:00

HDOT.org translated into Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Turkish ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDOT.org), a Web site founded by Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt to teach about the dangers of Holocaust denial and demonstrate how deniers distort historical evidence of the Holocaust, is re-launching in four new languages: Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Turkish. These translations are designed to spread the original site's messages to areas where...

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2009-01-21 11:30:00

The Texas Board of Education convened a public hearing Wednesday on proposed new standards for the teaching of science in Texas classrooms. The issue receiving the most attention is whether the state will continue to require teachers and textbooks to cover both the strengths and weaknesses of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, The Dallas Morning News reports. Curriculum review committees composed of science teachers and academics have recommended Texas scrap its long-standing requirement...

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2009-01-02 00:45:00

Critics of earlier drafts say the final draft of the Texas science curriculum will provide students with a 21st century education, especially on evolution. The draft changed a requirement that schools teach the strengths and weaknesses or strengths and limitations of scientific theories, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reports. In the third draft, the curriculum now requires that students be taught to evaluate models according to their limitations in representing biological objects or...

2008-10-02 12:03:50

British law enforcement officials, acting at the request of German authorities, arrested a leading Holocaust denier as he landed at London Heathrow Airport. Fredrick Toben was held for publishing "anti-Semitic and/or revisionist" material from 2000-04, The Times of London reported. He is accused of running an Internet site that argues the Nazis didn't kill millions of Jews during World War II. Holocaust denial isn't against the law in Britain but it is a serious crime in Germany, where...

2008-08-02 03:00:08

By Lorentzen, Laura I don't remember when I first learned about the theory of evolution, but nowadays I find myself reading of it a great deal in the popular press and hearing it discussed in the media. As my daughter enters elementary school, I find myself anxious to discuss with her teachers what they will cover in science class and where in their curriculum they plan to teach evolution. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAWS THAT SEPARATE church and state. Public institutions like schools must be neutral...

2008-07-03 12:00:20

By Terrence Stutz, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 3--AUSTIN -- A former state science curriculum director on Wednesday sued the Texas Education Agency and Education Commissioner Robert Scott, alleging she was illegally fired for forwarding an e-mail about a lecture critical of the movement to promote intelligent design in science classes. Christina Comer, who lost her job at the TEA last fall, said in a suit filed in federal court in Austin that she was terminated for contravening an...

2008-06-16 21:00:08

By George Pyle On his deathbed, Henry David Thoreau was supposedly asked, "Have you made your peace with God?" To which the great American philosopher replied, "We have never quarreled." Kenneth R. Miller has no quarrel with God. But this leading scientist has a serious beef with the so-called intelligent design movement. And his new book "Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul," is a concise and convincing destruction of any claim that this latest evolution of...

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2008-05-20 08:45:00

In many ways, much has changed since the famous Scopes Monkey trial of 1925. In recent years, US courts have consistently ruled that teaching explicitly religious alternatives to evolution in public schools is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. But in a new essay published in the open-access journal PLoS Biology, political scientist Michael Berkman and his colleagues show that despite these many legal victories, a surprising number of public high school biology...

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2008-02-18 10:10:51

Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller has to hand one victory to the "intelligent design" crowd. They know how to frame an issue. "The idea that there is "Ëœdesign' in nature is very appealing," Miller said. "People want to believe that life isn't purposeless and random. That's why the intelligent design movement wins the emotional battle for adherents despite its utter lack of scientific support."To fight back, scientists need to reclaim the language of "Ëœdesign' and...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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