Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2008

This time in Weston, Ohio, where a county sheriff pretty clearly crossed the line. The local paper reports: The children attending Weston Church of Christ’s Vacation Bible School recently have learned “there are rules, and then there are Rules.” Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn was the guest speaker from the community on one night of…

A Marine on Torture in Iraq

Andrew Sullivan prints an email he received from a US Marine serving in Iraq about torture by the Iraqi troops and the reaction of American soldiers to it. Very interesting read.

Making Plans for Austin

My trip to Austin, TX is only 3 weeks away, so let’s make some plans. Everyone in the area who is interested in having a get together of Dispatches readers for dinner while I’m there, please email me and let me know what day is best for you. The plan will be to go to…

Iowa Punished by God Too

You knew that was coming, right? The flooding in Iowa and other states obviously has to be the fault of God trying to take out all the gays and lesbians. A reader sends along a statement from Jason Lerner, a fundie nutball who ran against Dennnis Kucinich (and lost in the primaries). I’ve been blaming…

US Hid Detainees from Red Cross

New documents released by a Senate committee show that the Bush administration has been lying about its treatment of detainees and deliberately hid detainees that they had mistreated from the Red Cross during inspections. Long excerpt below the fold:

The AP reports that the government now says that since it has to go before civilian judges, it wants time to rewrite all the evidence they’ve relied on against the Gitmo detainees. The Bush administration wants to rewrite the official evidence against Guantanamo Bay detainees, allowing it to shore up its cases before they come…

Never heard of Mary Eberstadt? I hadn’t either until I came across a series of essays she’s posting to National Review Online about atheists and atheism. Eberstadt is a fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. And if don’t know her work and don’t find her terminally…

RIP George Carlin

It just came out that George Carlin has died at age 71. I don’t typically get caught up in celebrities dying, but this one really hits home. Carlin is one of my original idols, since I was a little kid. He is a true comedy genius. If there’s a Mt. Rushmore of comedy, there’s no…

Along with the myth that all the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay were “captured on the battlefield” there is another myth being repeated over and over again by Bush administration apologists: the myth that 30 men released from Guantanamo Bay “returned to the battlefield” to fight against the United States. It can most prominently be…

Sandefur on Kmiec and Gay Marriage

Sandefur picks up where I left off in criticizing Doug Kmiec’s op-ed about same-sex marriage being a threat to human survival and adds some very important arguments to the mix. He offers an excellent response to the “marriage is all about procreation” argument: With that in mind, let us look at marriage. In Kmiec’s view,…