Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2008

This just gets worse and worse. Radley Balko reports that the government is not only moving forward with charges against Brooke Oberwetter, the woman arrested during the little libertarian dance party to celebrate Jefferson’s birthday, they’re adding new (and false) charges and moving it to Federal court. The new charge is “demonstrating without a permit”…

Beware the Muslim Socialists!

I may need to make the O’Brien trophy a weekly or daily award. John Armor of the American Civil Rights Union (god, that’s so clever – you get it? It sounds just like ACLU? That’s incredible!) is back with yet another stunningly idiotic claim: He says the ACLU does not seem to have any problem…

Ben Stein Lies About Sternberg

In an interview with Newsweek: There are a number of scientists and academics who’ve been fired, denied tenure, lost tenure or lost grants because they even suggested the possibility of intelligent design. The most egregious is Richard Sternberg at the Smithsonian, the editor of a magazine that published a peer-reviewed paper about ID. He lost…

More Problems in Gull Lake

My longtime readers will likely remember the problems in Gull Lake Public Schools here in Michigan a few years ago. There were two teachers teaching creationism in 7th grade science class and Michigan Citizens for Science got involved and got the school board to force them to stop doing so. Now another problem has hit…

TerranceDC has a dilemma. The National Eagle Scout Association is putting together a database of information on every eagle scout in the country. Terrance is an eagle scout. They’ve asked Terrance to call them so they can get all his information for the Roll of Honor they want to publish. That information will undoubtedly include…

From the Spit Take File

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire whose money has funded virtually every right wing cause for the last 30 years, has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Possible explanations?

Troy Britain shows us why he’s such an invaluable addition to the science blogging world with two posts (part one and part two) analyzing a document put out by Expelled producers, which they called a Leader’s Guide, to help promote the issues surrounding the movie. This guide, it turns out, is full of anti-evolution boilerplate…

The Columbus Dispatch has a story about a group of kids at the school in Mt. Vernon, Ohio carrying Bibles to school to support John Freshwater, a teacher who was told to remove the Ten Commandments from his door and take a Bible off his desk. As I said last week, the school is wrong…

Yes, I know I already gave out one trophy this month, but I’ve decided that a second one is required after reading this staggeringly idiotic column by Craig Smith at – where else? – the Worldnutdaily. As usual, it’s an exclusive commentary, meaning the Worldnutdaily is the only outlet that would even consider publishing such…

More Police Overreach

Balko highlights yet another case of a police chief who thinks criticizing him is a crime. This time it’s Whitewater, Wisconsin police chief James Coan, who has been using police resources to try and find out the identity of a blogger who goes under the name John Adams. His website, Free Whitewater, has been harshly…