Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2006

Interesting Free Speech Case

The Worldnutdaily is reporting that Ken Starr, famous for his prosecution of Clinton in the 90s, has petitioned the Supreme Court on behalf of a school in Alaska in the case of Frederick v Morse. The case involves a student who, on a day when students were released from school to watch the olympic torch…

Ahnold signed into law this week a bill that adds sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. Naturally, the religious right is in full freak out mode over it and making absolutely hysterical claims about it. I love the way Agape Press describes the bill: Shock and dismay — that’s how pro-family groups in California…

A bill in the Senate that would increase government transparency and accountability has been put on “secret hold” by one or more Senators, who, by Senate rules, can pretty much kill the bill in this manner: A bill to promote government transparency faces an uncertain future because of a far-from-transparent hold placed upon it in…

Agape Press reports on an ACLU lawsuit against Doniphan Elementary School in Missouri for opening mandatory school assemblies with Christian prayers. This is a really, really easy case where the school is absolutely certain to lose, but Liberty Counsel, a religious right legal group, has taken the case anyway. And listen to what their director…

Black Jack, Missouri Changes Policy

Remember the story of the couple in Black Jack, Missouri who were told they had to leave town because they weren’t married and having three unrelated people living in a home violated zoning laws? The ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of the couple and the city council just…

Volokh on an ACLU Brief

Prof. Volokh has a post about a particularly good brief in a student free speech case, filed by the ACLU of Southern California and partly written by a former student of his. The case involves a student who wrote two opinion pieces for a school newspaper, one of which a “expressed unfavorable opinions about Latino…

I swear, by the time Christmas gets here I’m gonna be on a clock tower with a high powered rifle if this crap keeps up. The Worldnutdaily has this report on Sam’s Club and their horribly offensive “holiday” advertising. The American Family Association threw a hissy fit because Sam’s Club’s in-house magazine had an ad…

Keith Miller, the Christian geologist whose words were so egregiously misrepresented by Paul Nelson recently, has an interesting post to the ASA listserv (the ASA is the American Scientific Affiliation, a group of predominately pro-evolution Christian scientists) about Jonathan Wells. Wells is a DI fellow, ID advocate and a Moonie. Miller writes: I have just…

Balko on the War on Terrorism

Radley Balko has a very interesting post about the war on terrorism and why we should not allow it to close up our free society and violate our constitutional protections. He bases this in part on an article by James Fallows in The Atlantic, which I have not read. But I find Balko’s logic quite…

Glib Fortuna Distorts Reality Again

Not that this will surprise anyone, but even when he’s right, he can’t seem to avoid misrepresenting what the ACLU says or does. In this post at STACLU, he cites a column by Nat Hentoff (one of my absolute favorite writers) where Hentoff takes the ACLU to task for inconsistency in a pair of cases,…