Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2007

Astronomy for Creationists

This article on the new creation museum cracked me up. It focuses on the planetarium and the arguments for a young universe in it. Let’s play “spot the logical fallacy”: “We start from the Bible, and that’s what makes it a little bit different than so many other planetarium shows that you’ve seen before,” Lisle…

As I predicted yesterday, the threats of violence are already starting from the ultra-orthodox nutballs. Rabbi Oded Shmueli of the haredi sect warned the government not to approve the march, calling homosexuality “evil”… Shmueli also said that the haredi had formed an alliance with the extreme-right Jewish National Front to oppose the parade. Shmueli said…

Biology and “Real” Parents

One of the disturbing things to me about the current brouhaha over gay parents is the religious right’s elevation of biology over relationships. By this I mean that they act as though being a biological parent is infinitely more important than being a day to day parent, which is entirely contrary to reality. Here’s a…

Yet another example from Malaysia of the dangers of mixing religious law with civil law. Howard Friedman has the details: In a 2-1 decision, Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled today that Lina Joy, a Muslim convert to Christianity, must get permission from a Sharia court in order to have her religion changed on her identification card.…

Thomas’ Dissent in Raich

For those who still think that Clarence Thomas is either A) an embarrassment to the Supreme Court or B) nothing more than a sockpuppet who blindly parrots Scalia’s opinions, I think it’s worth reading his dissenting opinion in the Raich case. Not only did he write a brilliant opinion in the case, and not only…

Abramsky on Bush-Hitler Rhetoric

Sasha Abramsky has written an excellent and thorough refutation of the all-too-casual and glib rhetoric equating Bush with Hitler and modern America with Nazi Germany. I agree with it completely. And before we get into the predictable attempts to dismiss him rather than engage his arguments, Abramsky isn’t exactly a Bush apologist; he’s a writer…

As things begin to heat up over the lawsuit to stop the highly sectarian Bible curriculum in Odessa, Texas, one courageous teacher in the district is taking a public stand. Her name is Lisa Roth and she is Jewish. She wrote a letter to the local newspaper trying to inform the citizens of the area…

Mass Resignations From Congress?

A correspondent from CBS News made this rather audacious claim to Chris Matthews: Gloria Borger: This new ethics legislation that’s been passed by the House, is going to be passed by the Senate. Watch for mass resignations from House members, who are now saying they can’t afford to live here unless they’re bought and paid…

It is absolutely incredible the lengths to which some religious right folks will go to create the fake appearance of persecution, and no one is more dishonest about it than the Worldnutdaily. They’re up in arms about the University of Edinburgh in Scotland allowing a pagan group to hold a conference at the university after,…

Or, why conservatives should learn to stop worrying and love gay marriage. Dale Carpenter has a brilliant column about the many ways in which opposition to gay marriage actually undermines marriage in ways that the social conservatives think gay marriage itself does. He begins: Conservative opposition to gay marriage is having unconservative effects, helping to…