Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2008

A group of some 200 leaders, including many prominent Republicans and retired generals, are issuing a statement condemning torture, abuse and indefinite detention of military detainees. A bipartisan group of 200 former government officials, retired generals and religious leaders plans to issue a statement on Wednesday calling for a presidential order to outlaw some interrogation…

And it will surprise no one that it was vandalized by painting a swastika and a cross on it. Weinstein is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and he’s been very aggressive in fighting against the many ways that fundamentalist ministries have infiltrated the military. Perhaps the vandals here thought they would take…

Jason Kuznicki has a provocative essay at Positive Liberty discussing possible future advances that could allow parents to screen a fetus for potential homosexuality and even “fix” it before a baby is born. The whole idea makes me squeamish, but there are important issues there to discuss.

Freshwater’s Defense

I came across this article about John Freshwater being fired that has an amusing statement from his attorney: Freshwater’s actions became public in April after he refused to remove a Bible from his desk. Today, his attorney, R.Kelly Hamilton, focused on the Bible in characterizing Freshwater as a victim who’s being denied his Constitutional right…

My Email Address

I am trying to consolidate most of my various email addresses down to a single primary email address. Those of you who email me and are using either of the crystalauto.com addresses that I’ve used for years, please begin using stcynic@gmail.com instead. I’m trying to phase out the crystalauto addresses completely. My email program will…

Richard Lardner reports that the Bush administration is rejecting a proposal to reform military contracting, which has been plagued for decades by waste, political expediency and outright corruption. The Office of Management and Budget, President Bush’s administrative arm, has shot down a service plan to add five active-duty generals who would oversee purchasing and monitor…

Quick NBA Draft Review

I didn’t get to watch the draft at all because I was hosting my weekly poker game and I’m still getting caught up on all the trades that were made, but here are my initial thoughts on what happened. 1. Beasley may well not be staying in Miami. I’m sure they’ll be exploring potential trades…

Christian Embassy Redux

You may recall that last year the Pentagon found several officers guilty of violating military regulations by appearing in uniform in a promotional video put out by a group called Christian Embassy. That investigation was prompted by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Now my friend Chris Rodda, the research director for the MRFF, reports on…

Krauss on Ignorant School Boards

Lawrence Krauss, a man I’ve oddly never met despite having a huge number of mutual friends and mutual interests, has an excellent op-ed at New Scientist about why school boards should not be allowed to determine the curriculum when they don’t have a knowledge base from which to operate. He begins with this example:

Supreme Court Overturns Handgun Ban

As expected, the Supreme Court overturned the Washington D.C. handgun ban (see full ruling here). I actually figured it would be a 6-3 ruling but it was 5-4. I think the decision is a correct one. I think it is entirely clear that the founding fathers did intend the 2nd amendment to protect an individual…