Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2007

12000 Flags for 12000 Patriots

There’s an important event taking place at the National Mall in Washington DC this weekend, put on by the Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Log Cabin Republicans and Liberty Education Forum. Starting on Friday, November 3rd – the 14th anniversary of the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy –…

ACLU Blog on Drug Informants

The ACLU has begun a blog focusing on the use and abuse of drug informants, truly one of the most appalling features of our criminal justice system. The use of drug informants in the war on drugs personal freedom has led to massive, systemic corruption throughout law enforcement at every level. It must be stopped.

Balko vs. Princess Cruise Lines

I have to agree with Radley Balko, Princess Cruise Lines is showing appalling disregard for their customers. The story is that an elderly woman books an Alaska cruise for $2500 and airfare to get to Alaska for nearly $600 more. Due to multiple flight delays, none her fault, she ended up getting there too late…

Teaching Creationism in Adult Ed

The New York Times reports on a creationism class being taught in adult education in a Long Island school district. The NY Civil Liberties Union is threatening a lawsuit, as well they should. Robert Harrison taught the class during the fall 2006 semester and it has returned in 2007. The adult ed program is government…

The Full Crucifix Sweatshop Story

I’ve published the first article on the Chinese sweatshop story at the Michigan Messenger. This story is going to blow up big. Not only are most of the nation’s Christian bookstores implicated in this, so are many universities. The University of Michigan, BYU and many others have pins and medallions made by this same sweatshop.…

Get Your Larry Craig Doll

This will be a hot gift this Christmas – the talking Larry Craig doll. Push the button and the doll declares, “I am not gay.” I thought this part was amusing: The arms are “bendable, so you can put him in all sorts of poses… even the famous ‘wide stance’ the Senator refers to,” the…

RFRA Proposed in New York

An interesting debate is going on in New York state, where a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has been proposed in the state legislature. Like all RFRAs, this law would grant exemptions from generally applicable laws if those laws restrict religious freedom and would prescribe a standard for courts dealing with free exercise claims: A…

How Did I Miss This?

This is two years old and somehow I missed it – a transcript of anti-abortion nut Neal Horsley admitting to having sex with a mule and insisting that everyone does that when growing up on a farm. Transcript below the fold:

Farah’s Absurd Religio-Babble

You gotta love Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily; he can always be counted on to bring the crazy. In his latest column he’s blathering on about what the Bible says about illegal immigration. Quick answer: not a damn thing. Farah’s answer: well, you’re gonna love it. Especially this part about the Tower of…

Canada’s Free Speech Problem Gets Worse

For those who don’t think that ideological speech restrictions lead inevitably to even more draconian limits on speech, take a look at this ruling from the Ontario Superior Court in a defamation case. The case is Warman v Fromm. Warman is Richard Warman, an attorney who worked for the Canadian Human Rights Commission who routinely…