Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2008

David Weigel is reporting for Reason from the libertarian national convention, where Bob Barr is trying to get the nomination from a skeptical group of delegates. The Libertarian Party has fallen so far. It makes me sad to see what has happened to it in the last 10 years. I’ve never had any illusions about…

I’m sure you know by now that John McCain has officially denounced and rejected the endorsements of religious right whacko ministers John Hagee and Rod Parsley. “I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America, and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn’t endorse him, the fact…

More Misplaced Outrage

I think I’ve made it fairly plain on this blog that I have almost nothing but disdain for Hillary Clinton, but this latest episode of feigned and misplaced outrage over her reference to Bobby Kennedy is utterly ridiculous. I had several people last night claim, in all seriousness, that she was advocating Obama’s assassination with…

Why Blogging is Like Eggs

Because first we hear that blogging leads to premature death (how do you tell? Does your birth certificate have an expiration date on it?) and all sorts of health problems and now we’re hearing about studies that show blogging is good for us. I think I’ll just keep blogging. And eating eggs.

A bill has passed the Tennessee legislature and been sent to the governor that would authorize the development of a Bible as history and literature course in the state’s public schools. The bill authorizes the state board of education to “develop and adopt a curriculum for a state funded elective course consisting of a nonsectarian,…

Remember the controversy last week over a city in Wisconsin selling public land with a large cross on it to the Lions Club over higher offers from groups that wanted to remove the cross? The American Humanist Association, which made the highest bid for the property, is considering filing a lawsuit. Legally speaking, it’s a…

Here’s another disturbing free speech story, this time from England: The boy, who is described only as a minor, was taking part in a demonstration outside the church’s central London headquarters on May 10 when City of London Police officers ordered him to remove the placard. It read: “Scientology is not a religion, it is…

Posner on Parsley

Sarah Posner has a detailed look at Rod Parsley, a fast-rising megapreacher who has endorsed John McCain, at the Huffington Post. Her essay delves into the whole Word of Faith movement and the way it overlaps with other elements of the religious right. The Word of Faith movement is an utter fraud, recognized so by…

Principal Quits Over GSA Club

The Worldnutdaily reports: The principal of a South Carolina public school announced he plans to resign following a demand to launch a student club to promote homosexuality. “The formation of this club conflicts with my professional beliefs in that we do not have other clubs at Irmo High School based on sexual orientation, sexual preference,…

From the Department of Ridiculously Hyperbolic Rhetoric: the terminally absurd Janet Folger says gay marriage portends the end of the world! How same-sex marriage points to end of the world Need I mention that this is another Worldnutdaily “exclusive,” which as always means something so mind-numbingly idiotic that no other news outlet would even consider…