Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2007

A Threatening Troll

I just wanted to move this comment up here for everyone to see just how insane some people can be. This was in response to the post about Dr. Laura’s apparently whacko son and it appears that he has company in his insanity: you are full of shit you fat liberal fuck if it was…

The Polish government descends yet further into anti-gay absurdity with an announcement that they are investigating the Teletubbies TV show to make sure it’s not warping the minds of kids in to thinking that gays might be human beings: Poland’s conservative government took its drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda to the…

Phelps on Mary Cheney’s Baby

Pam Spaulding has the video and transcript of Fred Phelps’ absolutely appalling rant against Mary Cheney having a baby. It’s an interesting observation on the various levels of bigoted insanity. Phelps makes anti-gay nuts like Paul Cameron look almost sane by comparison. It’s even more frightening to think that Phelps isn’t even as bad as…

An article in Newsweek has more information on that showdown between the top DOJ officials and the White House over what everyone presumes was the NSA wiretapping program. Seems the revolt was quite broad at the DOJ: Appalled by the White House’s heavy-handed attempt to coerce the gravely ill attorney general, virtually the entire top…

Jerusalem Pride Parade 2007

The city of Jerusalem has approved the permit for this year’s gay pride parade, but that’s just the beginning of yet another battle to violate the rights of gays and lesbians there. A group of government ministers in Israel is asking the Knesset to pass a bill that would specifically allow Jerusalem to ban gay…

We’ve reached a new low in the battle over the Mt. Soledad cross, a giant cross on public property in a park in San Diego as part of a war memorial. The new rhetorical low is to pretend that those who object to the cross do not object to the fact that it is an…

I love stories like this, when the religious right is up in arms over non-Christians exercising the same rights they went to court to demand for themselves. Most schools have a system for sending home flyers to parents informing them of school events. Most schools also allow outside groups, like the Scouts or the YMCA,…

Russian Pride March Turns Violent

This was certainly predictable. After 70 years of official atheism and suppression of the church, the Russian Orthodox Church has made a big comeback in Russia and they’re flaunting that power by beating up homosexuals. Color me unsurprised. After the mayor of Moscow refused to allow a gay pride march because homosexuality is “Satanic”, the…

I knew that judicial nominees could be blocked by a senator from their home state (a procedure called blue-slipping), but I had no idea a bill could be blocked from a floor vote by an anonymous hold. That’s what Patrick Leahy says is happening to a very good piece of legislation that reforms the Freedom…

Haynes on NCBCPS Lawsuit

Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center has a column about the ACLU’s lawsuit over the NCBCPS Bible curriculum in which he says that the outcome of this trial could be nationally significant: Far more is at stake in this case than a couple of Bible classes in Odessa. That’s because the material used in…