Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Mitt Romney seems to have gotten the endorsement of anti-gay, young earth creationist nutball Bob Jones III:

Bob Jones III, chancellor of the Christian fundamentalist school named for his family, is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney for president.

Romney’s campaign confirmed Jones’ endorsement Tuesday.

“We’re proud to have Dr. Jones’ support and look forward to working with him to communicate Governor Romney’s message of conservative change to voters,” Romney spokesman William Holley said in a statement.

That Romney is proud to have the support of this whackjob speaks volumes. This guy does lead a school that stopped taking Federal grant money so they could continue to outlaw interracial dating, for crying out loud. Then again, Romney’s church takes a doctrinal position that blacks were cowards during “pre-existence” and are now cursed. It wasn’t until 1978 that they lifted the ban on blacks entering the priesthood in the church, but at least that was a bit more enlightened than Brigham Young, who said:

“Shall I tell you of the law of God in regards to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so”

Perhaps the endorsement makes more sense than one might expect. Meanwhile, Fred Phelps gang of ghouls at is actually claiming that Fred Thompson, who once replaced Margie Phelps as attorney in a case in Kansas, once agreed with them in hating gays:

Church members released an open letter to Thompson this week, saying he had discussed his views on homosexuality with them while handling the case of a woman who had sued the state’s Republican attorney general for sexual harassment.

“We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question – and it was wonderful, and we saw eye to eye,” church members said in the letter to Thompson.

That statement appears to conflict with comments made by Margie Phelps to the Journal-World of Lawrence, Kan., in June about her interaction with Thompson.

“I’m quite confident he would’ve completely disagreed with everything about my faith,” she told the paper.

Phelps’ sister, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said in a phone interview Wednesday that while Thompson might disagree with the church today, he didn’t disagree then.

And yet, Phelps-Roper said, “He wouldn’t dare stand up and say that when he’s running for president.”

Not exactly a credible source for such accusations. But at least Thompson isn’t saying he’s proud of his association with such loonies the way Romney is.