Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2006

100 Funniest Movies

Thanks to Fishy Fred for tracking down Bravo’s list of the top 100 comedy movies of all time. I caught part of it and wanted to comment on the list. For the most part, I thought the list was abysmal. Four Weddings and a Funeral no higher than 96? Preposterous. Dr. Strangelove only at 53?…

The Washington Post has a report on religious right poster boy Ralph Reed and his misuse of religion in the service of making himself right. This will surprise no one: In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed’s firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and…

Paul Gleason Dies

Who’s Paul Gleason, you ask? He’s a “That Guy”, one of those actors you instantly recognize but whose name you don’t know. He frequently played the same kind of character – the authority figure who blusters and poses but doesn’t really know what he’s doing. He was Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in Die…

Amar on Congressional Searches

Akhil Amar, one of the very best constitutional scholars in the nation, has an essay at Slate about the controversy over the FBI’s search of the office of a congressman in a criminal investigation. He says pretty much exactly what I’ve been saying since the day it happened, that the only problem with the search…

Paul Nelson’s Outrageous Lie

There is a long history of creationist misrepresentation of the views of scientists, going back to the time of Darwin himself. As the creationist movement has grown and gone through its various phases over the last century, such misrepresentations have been a powerful weapon in their arsenal. In the 20 years or so I’ve been…

The VA’s Religious Bias

Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to report again on this story. Wiccans have been trying for years to get the Veterans Administration to allow soldiers buried in military cemetaries to have Wiccan symbols on their headstone. The latest such case involves Sgt. Patrick Stewart, a soldier who was killed in battle in Afghanistan…

Home again, Home Again

I have returned home from a day of baking in the hot sun to watch my best friend’s kids play baseball and softball. It was blisteringly hot and I just scrubbed off the shell of sunscreen and sweat that had accumulated on my during the course of the day. But a good time was had…

So I posted the other day about the Federal judge striking down Oklahoma’s law that prohibited them from recognizing adoptions by gays performed in other states. You had to know the religious right was going to react by throwing a blizzard of empty catchphrases around, right? Here’s the little snippet in Agape Press, which labels…

DI Responds to Cobb County Ruling

The Discovery Institute has responded to the Cobb County ruling with their usual empty rhetoric. “A final ruling in this case will be at least as important, if not more important, than the Dover school district case last year,” added Luskin, a co-author of “Traipsing Into Evolution Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision”.…

DaveScot and the ACLU

In a new post, DaveScot criticizes the ACLU for suing the state of Kentucky over a new law banning protests at military funerals. As usual, he gets the facts wrong and misses the point. The mistakes begin with the title of his post: “ACLU Supports Vile Protesters at Military Funerals.” Nonsense. They don’t support the…