Church of Reality becomes Official

Church of Reality fishThe Church of Reality, a religion that is based on believing in everything that is real (e.g. no imaginary friends in the sky), has become an officially recognized church/religion in the eyes of the IRS (via Boing Boing):

We have got word from the IRS that the 501(C)3 tax exempt status of the Church of Reality has been approved. We will get the paperwork next week.

In related news, creationism and intelligent design in the science classroom is under fire, with a leading proponent admitting that intelligent design theory is no more or less plausible than astrology (and by extrapolation, mythology):

Astrology would be considered a scientific theory if judged by the same criteria used by a well-known advocate of Intelligent Design to justify his claim that ID is science, a landmark US trial heard on Tuesday.

Under cross examination, ID proponent Michael Behe, a biochemist at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, admitted his definition of “theory” was so broad it would also include astrology.

Good to know that in the interest of science, we can look forward having our children taught the speculation that the reason some people are smarter or more athletic is because Zeus was a randy deity back in the day.

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