American Atheists—which may have the most self-descriptive name of any organization out there—has launched a lawsuit over the iconic seventeen-foot crossbeam at Ground Zero, saying it should be removed or at least make room for a similar-sized atheist monument. “The overwhelming impression of this cross is religious,” said Edwin Kagin, the national legal director for American Atheists. “We are worried about the alienation being suffered by atheists. This cross screams Christianity, but there were perhaps 500 or 1,000 people who died in this tragedy who were not Christians.”

Museum representative Mark Alcott disagrees, saying that “the curators decided to place this object in the museum because they believe it was an important part of the history of this story. Rescue workers took comfort in this remnant of the building structure and they prayed to it as a religious object.But there is a difference between displaying an artifact of historical significance and saying we want you [the public] to bless it — museum goers understand that distinction" ... Discuss

 

Interesting numbers coming out of a CNN poll, saying thirty-eight percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in most circumstances, but legal in a few. Another twenty percent said abortion should never be legal at all, bringing the grand total of people who believe that abortion should be at least mostly banned up to fifty-eight percent. Twenty-seven percent said abortion should be legal in all circumstances, and the remaining thirteen percent said abortion should generally be legal.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland had this to say about the findings: "Only a minority of the rank-and-file members of both [Republicans and Democrats] take an extreme position on the issue, with just 31% of Republicans calling for a complete ban on abortion and just 32% of Democrats saying that abortion should be legal in all circumstances" ... Discuss

 
World Vision's president talks about living out the Great Commission. Read More
 

Regular readers of RELEVANT know that I was away on a sabbatical for the last couple issues.

I wish it was just one of those “extended vacations” pastors like to take, but unfortunately, mine was spent dealing with a difficult family situation. My team saw me going through it last summer and basically told me, “You need to go.” So I went, and I embraced an unexpected, difficult season without distraction.

It was life-changing—and life-giving. Read More

 
A few takeaways from the evolution vs. creation brawl. Read More
 

Ali vs. Fraser. Morris vs. Slater. And now, Nye vs. Ham. In case you missed the highly anticipated Rumble in Kentucky that was the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham creationism intellectual showdown, the good folks at Answers in Genesis have put the entire thing on YouTube. You can watch below and use the comment section to give your own thoughts about the Thunderdome throw-down ... Discuss