Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2007

No Legal Merit Badge for This Attorney

The deadline for the Boy Scouts in Philadelphia is approaching. They only have until December 3rd to rescind their discriminatory policies or face a choice: either move out of the city-owned building they’ve been using since 1931 or start paying fair market rent, estimated at around $200,000 a year. Defenders of the scouts are inventing…

Crosses Made in Chinese Sweatshops

An absolutely appalling story that I’m working on for a longer expose for the Michigan Messenger. The National Labor Committee released a report documenting that crucifixes sold in Christian bookstores all over the US are being made in a sweatshop in China that is far below even the Chinese legal standards. A sample of the…

Possible Nativity Scene Fight in Michigan

There’s a possible lawsuit brewing in Menominee, Michigan, where the city has approved a nativity scene in a public park band shell. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is threatening suit, but I don’t think they’ve got a case. Here’s what happened: The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics has filed a letter of protest…

Worldnutdaily Lies About Survey Results

Here’s a rather breathtaking example of a lack of journalistic ethics. The Worldnutdaily is reporting on a poll over whether Americans prefer that retailers use “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” in their advertisements. Unsurprisingly, a majority prefers “Merry Christmas.” But here’s the headline and sub-title for the article: Americans get fed up with ‘Happy Holidays’…

The AFA’s Anti-Gay “Logic”

The Human Rights Campaign is urging a boycott of Walmart and urging people to shop at Target instead because Target provides domestic partnership benefits for gay employees while Walmart doesn’t. Naturally, the American Family Association has its panties in a wad over it (though they themselves were recently boycotting Walmart because it’s too pro-gay for…

The Alliance for Science has announced its 2nd annual essay contest for high school students. This year’s subjects are Climate and Evolution or Agriculture and Evolution. If you know a bright young high school student with an interest in this sort of thing, encourage them to throw their hat in the ring. Full details here.

Standing Up to Tyranny

You might have heard by now about the appalling case in Saudi Arabia recently where a woman was sentenced to receive 200 lashes and jail time for being the victim of a gangrape. That woman was defended by a brave Saudi lawyer named Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem. Naturally, the Saudi government has suspended al-Lahem for defending the…

And it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with terrorism. Even in routine criminal cases, the Federal government is apparently using cell phone tracking without having to show probable cause to a judge as the 4th amendment requires. The Washington Post reports: Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish…

The recent NOVA special about the Dover trial has given me a sense of deja vu, as the Discovery Institute predictably rehashes all of the bad arguments they made against the decision after it came out. As I’ve said in speeches about the trial, it took Judge Jones about 10 seconds to go from a…

Gay Parents and Small Samples

Expect this book to get huge play in the religious right media, starting with this article at the AFA’s news page. A Canadian woman raised by a gay father has a new book out and, naturally, the anti-gay crowd will push the absurd notion that one bad gay father reflects on all gay parents in…