Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2004

Thanks to Walter Olson

Thanks to Walter Olson of the great weblog Overlawyered for his mention of my blog yesterday. I cringe a bit when I see myself listed as a “legal analyst”, since I don’t have a law degree; at minimum, the word “amateur” should be attached to it. But I appreciate the recognition from someone who really…

The Myth of Christian Persecution

Kevin Drum has a post up at the Washington Monthly about the new meme going around to the effect that saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is some sort of anti-Christian conspiracy. I wrote about it a few days ago with Pat Buchanan’s inane blustering about it. He quotes a religious rightie from North…

Just when you think Joseph Farah can’t get any more absurd, he does. Exhibit A: this column about evolution and creationism. I especially like this tidbit at the beginning: I was stunned the other day when I asked evolution-believing listeners to my nationally syndicated radio show to call in and tell me why they believed.…

ACLU Hypocrisy?

The New York Times reports that the ACLU has a huge internal battle going on over their use of a data mining company to gather information on those who contribute money to the organization, as well as potential legal trouble: The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of…

The judge who has begun wearing a judicial robe with the Ten Commandments stitched into it is finding support in his own home town of Andalusia, where his district court is found. I doubt anyone could be surprised. But here’s what I find amusing about it. Look at this quote: Elizabeth Shine, also of Andalusia,…

Explore the Rest of the Neighborhood

I’ve been busy today so I haven’t had time to write anything, so you all should be out exploring this little corner of the blog neighborhood. Specifically, you should be stopping in at Jason Kuznicki’s place to see this post where he fisks the latest ridiculous idea from the religious wrong. And when you’re done…

Wanna Read Something Hilarious?

Click here to read the first chapter of Joe Queenan’s hysterically funny book Red Lobster, White Trash and the Blue Lagoon.

Did Flew Really Disavow Atheism?

As I said before, I don’t have a stake in this one either way, since I’m not an atheist and don’t much care what Flew believes. But I do think it’s important not to misrepresent the views of others, and in light of the long and storied tradition of fundamentalist Christians distorting the views of…

Briefs in the Ten Commandments Case

Here are links to some of the briefs in the McCreary County v ACLU of Kentucky case that will be heard by the Supreme Court in March. The brief I mentioned in the post below, written by Herb Titus and William Olson on behalf of a bevy of religious right groups, can be found here.…

The Doctrine of Incorporation

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a display of the Ten Commandments on government property. The case is McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky. This morning I received a PDF of a brief filed in that case on behalf of several religious right organizations. I do not know if the brief…