Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2007

NY Times on Expelled Movie

The NY Times has an article about the forthcoming documentary Expelled, which purports to show how the jackbooted thugs of the Darwinian Priesthood horribly mistreat those brave truthtellers of the ID movement. This is a prominent facet of the anti-evolution PR campaign being run from Seattle, positioning themselves as victims to gain public sympathy no…

Dissecting a Claim: Perkins v Blumenthal

In my last post about the Louisiana Family Forum, I repeated a claim that Max Blumenthal made in a Nation article. The claim was that Tony Perkins, founder of the Louisiana Family Forum and now head of the Family Research Council, had bought David Duke’s mailing list in 1996 while running the Senate campaign of…

Pace Does It Again

Remember when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace told Congress that the military should not change don’t ask, don’t tell because homosexuality is immoral? Well now that he’s leaving office, he’s done it again: “Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes,” he told the Senate…

Long Article on NCBCPS Curriculum

The Faces of Faith in America News Initiative, a project of the Carnegie and Knight foundations, has a long and detailed article about Bible courses around the country, especially the NCBCPS curriculum and the controversies surrounding it. The crux of the matter: And while legal precedent supports offering such courses, it also compels freedom from…

Welborn’s MySpace Page

Wanna see the MySpace page of the major who has been harassing Pfc. Jeremy Hall, the atheist soldier in Iraq? Here it is. Suffice to say that after reading it, you won’t be at all surprised by the accusations. And yes, I’ve saved the whole page because it will likely disappear soon.

Key Provision of Patriot Act Struck Down

This is a very important ruling. Federal District Judge Ann Aiken struck down a key provision of the Patriot Act in a lawsuit filed by Brandon Mayfield, an attorney from Portland who was arrested and falsely accused of being a co-conspirator in the Madrid train bombings because the FBI misread his fingerprint. Mayfield is an…

Update on Military Atheism Lawsuit

There are a couple of new developments in the lawsuit filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation against the Pentagon on behalf of an atheist soldier who has experienced harassment in Iraq from Christian superior officers. The first one was certainly predictable; that soldier is now getting threats and even worse treatment from his “brothers”…

A Must-Read Kuznicki Post

Here’s how it starts: Imagine you are walking down the street and see a box of ammunition. Do you a) Walk blithely on by. b) Pick it up so that kids won’t play with it. c) Pick it up so that killers won’t use it. d) Pick it up so the authorities can dispose of…

More ENDA Nonsense

From the Worldnutdaily, of course, and from a black writer, Mychal Massie. He begins with dark and dramatic overtones: That creeping darkness is the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, H.R. 2015. If the proposed measure becomes law, it will add “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” as a category to the 1964…

The Unconstitutionality of Forced Service

I agree completely with Ilya Somin’s series of posts on compulsory national service plans, which seem to be proposed by candidates in every Presidential election cycle, and the military draft. As Somin notes, calls for such programs come from all sides of the political spectrum, including Charles Rangel, Rahm Emanuel, John McCain and William F.…