Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2008

MySpace Deletes Atheist Group

The Secular Student Alliance reports: Social networking site, MySpace.com, panders to religious intolerants by deleting atheist users, groups and content. Early this month, MySpace again deleted the Atheist and Agnostic Group (35,000 members). This deletion, due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive, marks the second time MySpace has cancelled the group since…

Dumbest Statement Ever?

Politics being largely the art of saying the ridiculous with a straight face, it’s not uncommon to watch the news and end up staring at the screen in disbelief as some official says something that your average 6 year old would find laughable. But how about this statement from Attorney General Michael Mukasey in his…

Hulk Hogan Endorses Obama

Mike Huckabee has the Nature Boy Ric Flair, John McCain has Sylvester Stallone and now Barack Obama has Hulk Hogan. Hogan declared on the Jimmy Kimmel show that he’s supporting Obama. I’m all giddy. We’re obviously one step closer to finding out who Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake endorses. My money is on Hillary.

Conservative members of the Israeli Knesset have submitted legislation to ban gay pride events in Jerusalem. The proposed amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem, would enable the Jerusalem Municipal Council to ban gay parades and rallies for considerations of disturbance to public order, offending the public’s sensitivities or for religious considerations. Very nice. If you can…

It appears that someone doesn’t want anyone to know about our investigative report on Sovereign Deed. As of January 17th, there were links to 6 Michigan Messenger articles on the company. On January 20th, the external links were edited and all those links were gone. It was edited by someone at the IP address 24.15.67.235,…

When Feminists Act Like a Mindless Mob

I am a feminist. On most issues, like choice on abortion and equal pay for equal work, I’m likely to agree with the position of the National Organization of Women. At the same time, I am highly skeptical of identity politics. And this is a perfect example of why: the New York chapter of NOW…

Lessenberry on Sovereign Deed

Jack Lessenberry has responded to our investigative work on Sovereign Deed with an essay on his website. Key excerpt: Sovereign Deed’s entire premise is this: In the event of a disaster, some lives are worth more than others, so we are here to save the truly deserving: The rich. This is a company founded on…

Blackwater Sues Own Attorneys

This could get really interesting. Blackwater has filed a legal malpractice suit against the Wiley Rein law firm, one of the real heavy hitters in Washington legal circles. Wiley Rein had represented Blackwater in a wrongful death suit filed by the families of 4 Blackwater employees: Blackwater Security filed a $30 million malpractice suit against…

Afghanistan’s Blasphemy Laws

A 23 year old student and journalist has been sentenced to death in Afghanistan for blasphemy. Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh was arrested last fall for publishing on the internet an article critical of the treatment of women in the Quran. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has sent a letter to Condoleeza Rice demanding that…

Huckabee and Copeland

My Talk2Action colleague Sarah Posner has a post at the American Prospect blog about Mike Huckabee’s relationship with TV evangelist and con man Kenneth Copeland. Copeland is a mentor to Huckabee, who dropped out of divinity school to join Copeland’s ministry. Huckabee has preached at Copeland’s church, even during his campaign for president. Posner notes…