Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2008

Americans United has sent a letter to the Pentagon demanding an investigation into what looks like a textbook case of the military pushing recruits into becoming Christian. Their press release on the matter notes: Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri offers “Free Day Away” as one of only two opportunities for soldiers to leave the base…

Wonkette has some hilarious comments from the Boycott McDonald’s website. You can tell from the writing style and grammar that most of these comments would be more at home if they were scrawled in crayon on the back of a Piggly Wiggly bag. Here are a few of my favorites: “I`m sorry that you have…

Justin Logan at the Cato blog quotes Jonathan Chait’s critique of Naomi Klein’s absurdly simplistic use of the term “neo-conservative”: [Klein] pays shockingly (but, given her premises, unsurprisingly) little attention to right-wing ideas. She recognizes that neoconservatism sits at the heart of the Iraq war project, but she does not seem to know what neoconservatism…

NYC Reader Meet and Greet

A whole bunch of Science Bloggers are getting together in NYC in a few weeks and we’re putting on a meet and greet for our readers. It will be somewhere in Manhattan, possibly in Central Park, in an air conditioned place, on August 9th around 3 in the afternoon. We’ll have snacks, ScienceBlogs swag and…

Inventing Anti-Gambling Statistics

Mark Twain famously said there were three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Perhaps we can add a fourth kind: statistics that are outright lies. Jacob Sollum documents a whopper of a lie from Rep. Spencer Bauchus (R-AL) in his arguments for banning online gambling. Speaking against the bill, Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus,…

I’ve been having an amusing exchange with former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt on the religion law listserv. The man is almost impossibly ridiculous. The discussion began when someone posted a link to an article about the Texas State Board of Education refusing to issue guidelines for the Bible courses they’ve approved. I replied with the…

McDonald’s Boycott in California

The Worldnutdaily reports on a protest at a McDonald’s in California. The AFA is calling for a boycott of the fast food giant because they have an executive on the board of the Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a picture of the protest:

How Things Change

More evidence of a relatively rapid change in public attitudes on a major gay rights issue: Public attitudes about gays in the military have shifted dramatically since President Bill Clinton unveiled what became his administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy 15 years ago today. Seventy-five percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll…

Idiot of the Century?

Guy drives drunk. Guy crashes into another car, seriously injuring a woman. Guy gets charged with a felony. Guy throws a party, dresses up in a prison jumpsuit with the name “jail bird” on it, gets bombed out of his skull and puts pictures of his drunken revelry on his Facebook profile. Prosecutor uses pictures…

Anti-Gay Distortions of Research

Take a look at this story at OneNewsNow, which begins: Quoting a recent study, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is warning of the increased risk of suicide that is linked with young people who identify themselves as homosexuals before achieving full maturity — a process encouraged by many homosexual high school clubs.…