Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2007

Islam and the Secular State

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im, an expert in Islamic law and human rights law from Emory University, has an important op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor about why Muslims should support modern ideas of the secular state and reject theocratic societies. The first paragraph is a powerful argument aimed at his fellow Muslims:

What Are You, Some Kinda Bilingual?

You have to love the utter stupidity of the nativist crowd. I can certainly understand the need to do something about illegal immigration; there are areas of the country with serious, undeniable problems as a result of illegal immigration. Personally, I’m all for converting the illegal immigrants we have here to legal immigrants as quickly…

I Get Mail. Okay, Chris Gets Mail

Chris Mooney received an email that was intended primarily for me, which he dutifully forwarded to me. At least I assume it was intended for me. It was addressed to an “Ed Batton”, which I assume is me. I’m not sure why it was so difficult for him to get my name right, since it…

Dale Carpenter has an excellent post at Volokh about the Larry Craig situation and the larger problem of why this keeps happening to Republican politicians. I think he really nails the reason why this keeps happening to Republicans in particular and he accurately pinpoints the real conflict between what most Republicans, particularly those in actual…

Mp3 of Raymer Interview

For those who didn’t get to listen to my interview with Greg Raymer last weekend, the mp3 is now available. Right click here and you should be able to download it. If that doesn’t work, go to this post on the Downsize DC blog and there’s a link there.

More Hindu Prayers

This time in the California State Senate, the same invocation offered by the same Hindu chaplain – and the same absurd reaction from the Christian right. Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle that it remains a mystery to whom Zed was praying. “I don’t know if he even…

The Praying Parents Case

A new development in the Praying Parents case from Wilson County, Tennessee. This is an establishment clause case brought by the ACLU on behalf of parents in the district (full name: John and Jane Doe v. Wilson County School System). There is a group there called the Praying Parents who meet at the school to…

Update on Antigua WTO Gambling Dispute

The NY Times had an excellent article the other day about the ongoing dispute between Antigua and the US over online gambling. Quick background: Antigua, which is home to several online gambling companies, filed a WTO complaint against the US and won. The US appealed and Antigua won again. Now the US is refusing to…

Rodda on Mansfield, Part 3

Chris Rodda continues to eviscerate any credibility that Stephen Mansfield might have had with the third part of her review. In it, she debunks one of the most infamous of all the Christian Nation myths, the “Jefferson attended church in the Capitol building” story. There are two parts to the story, often conflated in the…

The Larry Craig Office Pool

Okay, in light of the Larry Craig story, we need to start a pool here. The way I see it, Craig has two options. Pick which one you think will happen. Will he: A. Announce that he’s an alcoholic and is going into rehab? or, B. Enter the Ted Haggard 2-week Pray Away The Gay…