Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2008

We already knew through the work of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation that there were American Christian groups urging their followers in the military to try and convert the Iraqi people from Islam to Christianity (one group actually had permission from the Pentagon to send care packages that included Arabic translations of the Bible). Here’s…

Black Jack, MO Does It Again

Remember the town of Black Jack, MO? Back in 2006, they denied an occupancy permit to a family because the parents weren’t married. The ACLU filed suit on behalf of the family and the city council quickly settled the case. But they changed the policy to say that families headed by unmarried couples could get…

He doesn’t appear to live in this one. John Hinderaker, the man who once praised the eloquence of George W. Bush, calling him “a great communicator” and saying that listening to him speak for 40 minutes was “an absolutely riveting experience” and “the most inspiring forty minutes I’ve experienced in politics,” has just called Barack…

A new memorial has opened in Berlin dedicated to the thousands of gay victims of Adolf Hitler. “This memorial is important from two points of view — to commemorate the victims, but also to make clear that even today, after we have achieved so much in terms of equal treatment, discrimination still exists daily,” Wowereit…

The Anti-Christian Lawyers Union

St. Louis Today reports: The ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a southeast Missouri city after a former library worker claimed she was disciplined when she refused to work at an event to promote a Harry Potter book due to her religious beliefs. The woman, Deborah Smith, is a Southern Baptist who believes the Harry…

Eugene Volokh makes a powerful argument about the meaningless and arbitrary distinction between “fair criticism” and speech that is mocking or hurtful. He quotes Anthony Comstock, one of the most notorious censors in American history, trying to make the same distinction: There is a vast difference between [a “respectable infidel” who simply expresses his disagreement…

Idiots 1, Sanity 0

In response to the ignorant blatherings of paranoid morons and professional sounders-of-alarm, Dunkin Donuts has pulled the Rachael Ray ad I mentioned the other day. Now I don’t mind the ad being pulled; one less chance to see that vacuous bubblehead is more than fine by me. But not for this reason, not when it…

McClellan’s New Book

As you probably know by now, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has a new book out that apparently really goes after the Bush administration on a number of things. Some of those criticisms, as I’ve seen them cited in the press, I can buy; some of them I can’t. For instance, I don’t…

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports: The curriculum that the Pilot Point school district recently chose for its Bible class has been under fire by several groups, including academic scholars. Pilot Point is getting its curriculum from the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, or NCBCPS, an organization out of North Carolina that declares on…

Rachael Ray IS a Terrorist!

And the proof was emailed to me this morning by Jeff Hebert. The fact that he’s a graphic artist may or may not influence your conclusion on whether it’s authentic: