Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2008

Evangelical Takes Down Barton

Thanks to Jon Rowe for spotting this post at the American Revolution blog. It’s written by Lindsey Shuman, an evangelical Christian and a grad student in history, and it blasts the pseudo-scholarship of David Barton. Jon leaves a comment that is spot on, noting that there are serious evangelical Christian historical scholars out there whose…

Okay folks, it’s time to award another Robert O’Brien Trophy for Idiot of the Month. And this month’s winner is a real doozy: Linda Harvey of Mission America. She’s receiving the trophy for this stunningly idiotic anti-gay screed. Do not read it while drinking a beverage; the urge to spit-take may be overwhelming and you…

The Worldnutdaily is throwing a fit about this and you can expect more howls of outrage from the religious right over the next few days about it. A military base in Kosovo has apparently made the perfectly reasonable decision that since military chapels are used for services by all of the many faiths with adherents…

Glenn Greenwald cites records showing that the telecom companies are spending incredible amounts of money on lobbying Congress for immunity from suits regarding their cooperation with the Bush administration on warrantless wiretapping and other illegal programs. Just in the first three months of 2008, recent lobbyist disclosure statements reveal that AT&T spent $5.2 million in…

Sally Kern, Gerald Allen, Chris Buttars – you’ve got company. Meet Jeff Wagner, a state representative from Ohio who thinks that if you don’t fire gays from their jobs and refuse to rent or sell a home to them you’re “encouraging homosexuality.” The Ohio legislature is considering a bill called the Equal Housing and Employment…

Boy Scouts Sue Philadelphia

I’ve been waiting to find out what the Boy Scouts were going to do with a Saturday deadline looming to either vacate their Philadelphia headquarters or pay $200,000 a year in rent. Now we know. They’ve filed a lawsuit against the city. I’ll see if I can get my hands on the complaint to see…

My friend Chris Rodda has an article about a Congressional authorization that would give $3.5 million to the Boy Scouts. On May 15, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5872, an act “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the Boy Scouts of America, and for…

Men Charged Under NC Sodomy Law

A law which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2003. The News Observer reports on a case where police were summoned to a home where one man claims the other man assaulted him, but they ended up arresting both men and charging them with “crimes against nature,” which means the sodomy laws that…

The Guardian reports that prosecutors have decided not to press charges for inciting religious hatred against a 16 year old who held a sign saying Scientology was a “dangerous cult” during a protest in London. A teenager who was facing legal action for calling the Church of Scientology a cult has today been told he…

The Wish for Kings

Here’s a disturbing article about the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a man alleged to be an Al Qaeda operative who was arrested six years ago after establishing residency in the US. The government says he was a sleeper agent who was plotting attacks on the US and they may well be right. But…