Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2008

Why Gay Marriage Matters. Again.

Yet another story that shows why not allowing same sex marriage causes real harm to real families. Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond had planned to take their three children on a family cruise. The Olympia, Washington couple had been together 18 years and with their children were looking forward to the holiday. But just as…

New Church/State Case in Michigan

And in Hudsonville, which is not far from where I live. The official city website shows the city’s mission statement with clearly religious language: The City Commission and Administration of the City of Hudsonville strive to serve God through the strengthening of family and community life and are committed to excellence in providing quality municipal…

This is hilarious. Hillary Clinton is now claiming that it’s the media making the plagiarism charge against Obama and her campaign had nothing to do with it: “It’s not us making this charge, it’s the media,” Clinton told Honolulu television station KITV Tuesday. “The media is finally examining my opponent which I think is important.…

OMG! Obama is Jim Jones!

So says our old pal Gribbit. He’s just repeating the latest silly meme that says that being a charismatic speaker makes one on the verge of being the next David Koresh (unless, of course, it’s a charismatic speaker that one agrees with). And Gribbit’s basis for this comparison? Quotes from two celebrities talking about how…

Gays Cause Earthquakes. Film at 11.

In yet another example of theological lunacy, an Israeli Knesset member says that recent earthquakes in Israel are God’s punishment for Israel’s failure to oppress gays enough: Shlomo Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave “legitimacy to sodomy”. Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988 and has…

Burroway Debunks FRC Brief

This is more than a year old but still well worth reading. Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin wrote a thorough debunking of a brief filed by the Family Research Council in a same-sex marriage case in Maryland. He offers example after example of how the religious right uses junk social science research to justify…

Confessions of a Failed Standup Comic

That is the title of an article I wrote for Paul Krassner’s The Realist around 1994 or so (he paid me for it but ended up not publishing it for some reason). I was reminded of that last night while watching a show on the History Channel about stand up comedy. During the show they…

Are Those Your Words, Sen. Clinton?

So I was watching the debate between Clinton and Obama last night and I was just stunned to see Hillary Clinton still trying to push that idiotic plagiarism argument. Could they possibly believe it’s helping their campaign at this point? Unfortunately, Obama didn’t make the argument he should have made. When she delivered that stupid…

Get Your Flu Shots

You may have noticed that I’ve not really interacted much on the blog this week, haven’t answered a lot of comments and so forth. That’s because I am sick as a dog. I had a lot of posts “saved up” and a few really easy ones to do during the week, so the posting has…

A Home School Science Fair Report

The Utne Reader has this report about a home school creationist science fair in Roseville, Minnesota. The article doesn’t say whether Answers in Genesis was a sponsor of the event or not, but it does say that their literature was all over the place at the event. Which makes it all the more amusing that…