Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2007

Remember Lonnie Latham, the Southern Baptist preacher arrested at a Baptist convention in Oklahoma City for soliciting sex from an undercover cop? Well after years of railing against homosexuality and those damn liberal judicial activists whose rulings destroy morality, he’s suddenly discovered the wisdom of Lawrence v Texas: His attorney, Mack Martin, filed a motion…

A New Meaning to Prayer in Schools

This is a strange story. The principal and several teachers from a school in Florida, apparently concerned that their kids weren’t prepared for a state assessment test, decided to go classroom to classroom saying a prayer for their students to do better. In the process, they “anointed” all of the desks with oil because, apparently,…

Know Your Enemy

Any sane, decent human being can only find this appalling: Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a “fanatic”, who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that…

Welcome, Rob Knop

Rob Knop, an astronomer from Vanderbilt University, has joined ScienceBlogs with his Galatcic Interactions blog. Rob has been a frequent commenter here and I am thrilled to welcome him to the ScienceBlogs community.

Buttars Bill to be Signed

Our favorite loony state legislator, Utah Sen. Chris Buttars, has succeeded in passing a bill that would allow schools to ban GSA clubs from schools in that state. The bill would do two things. First, it would require that students get parental permission to participate in any student club; this is designed specifically to prevent…

If This is True, Fire the Principal

The ADF has filed suit against an elementary school in Pennsylvania that, if the allegations in the lawsuit are accurate, acted about as stupidly as is humanly possible. Here’s the local news story: The complaint, filed in federal court Tuesday, says officials at Willow Hill Elementary School in Glenside told the boy Oct. 31 that…

More Conservapedia Nonsense

Came across the Conservapedia article on Judicial Activism. You gotta love this kind of rigorous, scholarly thinking: There are two major types of judicial activism practiced in the United States’ court system: 1. Liberal judges striking down laws that uphold core conservative American values 2. Liberal judges refusing to strike down laws that subvert core…

Raja Kamal and Tom Palmer, writing in the Washington Post, alert us to the unjust prosecution and imprisonment of a blogger in Egypt: A former college student, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, is sitting in an Egyptian prison, awaiting sentencing tomorrow. His alleged “crime”: expressing his opinions on a blog. His mistake: having the courage to do…

Scott Bloch Investigation Continues

Scott Bloch, the controversial head of the Office of Special Counsel, the government agency that oversees all investigations of discrimination and whistleblowing in the Federal government, continues to be investigated and is now being accused of stonewalling that investigation. The controversy began when he refused to follow a Clinton executive order prohibiting discrimination against gay…

Dembski on Vestigial Structures

Dembski has a post making an absolutely silly argument about vestigial structures. Actually two silly arguments. Here’s the first one: Vestigial structures in biology are commonly cited as evidence for evolution, and it may well be that they did evolve. But if it is evidence of evolution, it is evolution in the wrong direction —…