Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2007

More on the Louisiana Family Forum

The group that Vitter wants to give $100,000 of our tax money to has quite an interesting history. It was founded by Tony Perkins, how the head of the Family Research Council, the political wing of Focus on the Family, in 1998. Guess how he may have built up the membership for this group? By…

Think This Conversation Ever Took Place?

This is a great find by Balko, a Youtube clip where Bush is asked directly about private military contractors in Iraq not being covered under either the UCMJ or Iraqi law. He agrees that this is an important issue and says that he’ll get Rumsfeld on the phone and find out what they’re doing to…

Cops Don’t Write Cops

Balko links to this site where cops throw hissy fits about other cops who – gasp! – give them tickets for things they’d give other people tickets for. Such cops get nominated for a “Dick of the Month” award. And look at how dishonestly they do it, posting this disclaimer to make it seem like…

Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights

A series of rallies and vigils are planned that encourage straight Americans to stand up for the equal rights of gays and lesbians around the country. It’s called Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights and the rallies will take place between October 7th and October 13th. The website says: On October 7-13, 2007, straight people…

Paul Cameron’s Latest Scam

The indispensable Jim Burroway reports on Paul Cameron’s latest scam, a pay-to-publish online “scientific” journal in which to promote his egregiously idiotic anti-gay views. What do you do when you are having trouble getting your junk science published in reputable peer-reviewed journals? Well, one solution would be to improve the quality of your science. Or,…

Could O’Reilly Get Any More Ridiculous?

Even by O’Reilly’s standards, this is absurd. He went and had a meal at Sylvia’s, a famous restaurant in Harlem, with Al Sharpton and he was shocked – shocked! – to find out that not all black people are gangbangers and pimps. On his radio show he said: “I couldn’t get over the fact that…

Fired for Saying Adam and Eve Mythical?

So says a professor from a community college in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports: A community college instructor in Red Oak claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted. Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with…

Repost: The Nature of Modern Cynicism

Having used the moniker StCynic for nearly a decade now in various places, I have often been asked what a cynic is. More often, I am simply presumed to be whatever the person asking the question presumes cynicism to be – unduly negative, hateful, unhappy, angry, etc. For myself, the best definition I have seen…

Someone with the moniker BobMort has responded to my post about Vitter’s $100,000 earmark for the Louisiana Family Forum. His response, amusingly, is to deny that the LFF is a creationist group and that it’s a “smear” to call them one. He writes: A careful study of LFF’s web-site wll reveal that it has never…

A Chaplain’s Job

Most of my readers have read my criticisms of Gordon Klingenschmitt, the disgraced Navy chaplain. A couple of more recent controversies involving chaplains help illustrate what distinguishes a good chaplain from a bad one. Both chaplain controversies were at private hospitals and both were either fired or forced to resign. The first was in Florida,…