Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2005

Hammering Rusty Nails

Rusty Lopez has reacted to my post about Bush backing away from the Federal Marriage Amendment with this strangely myopic post. He says: Speaking of venturing out of the “ghetto,” Ed Brayton, over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, seems to think that because President Bush is now not pushing for a constitutional amendment banning…

Jon Rowe has caught another great example of why the phrase “judicial activism”, thrown about incessantly by conservatives, means nothing more than “judges doing things we don’t like”. The example comes, predictably, from the Worldnutdaily. Illinois has just passed a law to become the 15th state to add sexual orientation to their anti-discrimination laws. The…

In the recent hubbub concerning the use of the Nazi analogy, there are two seemingly unrelated statements that have struck me. The first was from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, while giving a talk at the oldest Jewish synagogue in the United States. The AP reported on November 22, 2004: In the synagogue that is…

And does so with his usual brilliance and clarity. His post is in response to this one by Mark Olson. Jason sums it all up so perfectly: I must begin by saying that I do not seek respect for the gay community. Far too often, the gay community has been spoiled, immature, ignorant, and yes,…

For the second time in three months, Joseph Farah, owner of the Worldnutdaily, is the winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award). His latest foray into the world of sheer idiocy is this column, called The Threat to Adoption. Actually, it’s not so much the column itself. There is…

Rosenhouse Hammers O’Reilly

Jason Rosenhouse, a fellow Panda’s Thumb contributor, has written a thoroughly blistering post about Bill O’Reilly’s ridiculous take on Intelligent Design. In a segment about ID, O’Reilly interviewed a University of Colorado biologist, and in his typical smugness-meets-stupidity style, he made quite a fool of himself in the process. This exchange is especially amusing: O’REILLY:…

Another part of Bush’s interview with the Washington Post the other day that was fascinating was this exchange on the Federal Marriage Amendment: The Post: Do you plan to expend any political capital to aggressively lobby senators for a gay marriage amendment? THE PRESIDENT: You know, I think that the situation in the last session…

First it was Jerry Falwell publicly claiming that Tinky Winky was gay; then a bunch of “pro-family” groups actually claimed that the animated movie A Shark’s Tale was encouraging kids to be transvestites; now it’s James Dobson’s turn, taking aim at Spongebob Squarepants. His spokesman says that a new video by the We Are Family…

Rowe on Gay Adoption and John Adams

Jon Rowe has a couple of excellent posts up, one on gay adoption and one on John Adams (there’s no connection between them, but I didn’t want to bother writing two different posts to link to them). The first one looks at the question of gay adoption and pretty much shreds the argument that James…

Liars for Jesus

Here’s an interesting aspect of the Dover, PA intelligent design lawsuit. In sworn depositions, three school board members and the school superintendant have either denied or said they don’t recall any discussion of creationism or Christianity during the school board meetings at which the ID policy was debated. But those comments were reported by two…