Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2007

God Sends Fires Too

Apparently, God’s retribution can take more diverse forms than just floods and locusts. Not only did God send Hurricane Katrina, say the wailing nutballs, he also sent the wildfires currently raging in California. So says James Hartline, perhaps the whackiest of the anti-gay whackos:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: major scandal breaks out and internal documents, obtained through FOIA requests, shows that the agency involved knew of the problems years earlier. This is proving true once again in the Blackwater scandal. ABC News reports: Internal State Department e-mails, obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com, show top…

Legal Sanity Returns to Georgia

At least in one case. The Georgia Supreme Court has finally managed to get a young man out of prison for the crime of having oral sex when he was 17 and the girl was 15. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has already served 3 years. The state legislature changed the…

Skeptical Podcast Blog

I wanna get in a plug for Reasonable Doubts, a new podcast blog put out by some of the folks at CFI-Michigan (formerly the West Michigan Freethought Association). They do podcasts with the people who come to speak to the group, including one recorded with Ed Tabash that should be up soon on the site.

White House Joins the BS Parade on ENDA

The White House is signaling that Bush will veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would add sexual orientation to the already existing Federal anti-discrimination laws. The religious right has been in a full court press of lies and distortions to stop this bill and now the White House is joining the chorus…

Wacky Conspiracy Theory of the Day

I got this in an email. The name attached to it is Robert Antonellis, who apparently managed to chew through the restraints and take over a computer in the sanitarium he inhabits. His website, christianclout.com, is sort of the standard issue lunatic Christian right rhetoric – I don’t mean Jerry Falwell nuts, I don’t mean…

Catholic Church Worsening AIDS Problem

This seems pretty obvious to me. The rate of AIDS infections in Latin America is skyrocketing and part of the blame certainly lies with the Catholic Church teachings against the use of condoms: Some 1.7 million people across Latin America are infected with the HIV virus or full-blown AIDS, and the epidemic is spreading swiftly…

Who Do You Root For Here?

Forget that little tiff between Michelle Malkin and Geraldo Rivera, here’s a really tough fight to pick a side on: Oral Roberts vs Satan. A noted U.S. televangelist returned to his namesake university Monday and denied accusations of lavish spending by school officials and illegal involvement in a political campaign, telling students and employees in…

Yet another example of why we need to keep religious righters off school boards. A board member in Bakersfield, CA, has been pushing for posters that say “In God We Trust” (posters created by the American Family Association) to be placed in every classroom. His rationale is that it’s our national motto. When it seemed…

Off to Lansing

To complete my peripatetic week, I’m headed to Lansing to cover an event at Cooley Law School on the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy. I’ve been working on a couple articles on this subject anyway, so this fits perfectly. Be back late this evening. Ed