Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2008

The Pretense of Science

Just like creationists who cover their religious views with a thin veneer of science, the same thing goes on in fields like psychology and especially in areas like ex-gay therapy. Warren Throckmorton is Professor of Psychology and Director of the College Counseling Service at Grove City College, a Christian university in Pennsylvania. He is an…

More Barber Lies on Day of Silence

The full-scale freakout going on by the anti-gay bigots over the Day of Silence is quite interesting to watch. They’re reading off the same dishonest talking points over and over again. Matt Barber, on a Concerned Women for America radio show, said the following. Let’s count how many lies you can find in just a…

Media Covers Jeremy Hall Case

Jeremy Hall is the Army specialist who has filed suit against the Pentagon claiming that a superior officer violated his rights by threatening him with retaliation for forming a group of atheists in his unit (with permission from the chaplain, one might add). CNN has a story about Hall that has some new details, including…

Longtime Dispatches reader Skemono reports on uber-bigot Ken Hutcherson’s protest against the Day of Silence at his daughter’s school in the Seattle area. As usual, Hutcherson is terminally clueless in his perception of the event: Hutcherson, who had called for 1,000 “prayer warriors” to join him in protesting a national day to call attention to…

7th Circuit Upholds Anti-Gay T-Shirt

In a ruling I’ve been waiting for, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a student’s right to wear a mildly anti-gay t-shirt in response to the Day of Silence protest (see full ruling here). This is absolutely the right result, though I wish the ruling was more broad in its support of free…

In yet another court loss for the Tangipahoa Parish school district in Louisiana, a Federal judge has ruled that the schools there cannot allow the Gideons to distribute Bibles to 5th grade students (see full ruling here). The ruling was in response to a motion for summary judgment. In this case, the Gideons were not…

I’ve often commented that it’s not surprising that so many Christians manage to find persecution under every bed and in every closet, since the core event in the history of the religion is an act of martyrdom. There is more to that, of course. Jesus, after all, explicitly warned his followers that they would be…

A blogger at Pam’s House Blend was at Mount SI high school taking part in a rally in support of the Day of Silence and got to see Ken Hutcherson’s protest first hand. Read her full report.

Duke Coaching Changes

For the benefit of the 4 readers of my blog who like college basketball….okay, just because I wanna write about it….Johnny Dawkins finally accepted a coaching job, taking over for Trent Johnson at Stanford. Dawkins has been Coach K’s top assistant coach at Duke for more than a decade and has turned down many head…

Gunn Shreds Boone

Jeremy Gunn, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, wrote a letter to the Worldnutdaily shredding Pat Boone’s latest idiotic screed against the ACLU. And to their credit, they actually published the letter. Well worth reading too.