Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2008

Silly Religious Accommodation Case

Liberty Counsel, Jerry Falwell’s third rate legal group, has dredged up yet another case of feigned persecution. They’ve filed an EEOC complaint on behalf of a woman who refused to answer the phones at her job by saying “Happy Holidays” because it was against her religion to contribute to the secularization of Christmas. She ended…

The Lions’ Perfect Season

The Lions completed their perfect season, becoming the first team to go 0-16 in the NFL. I have to confess to being almost happy about it. We actually had high hopes for the Lions around here this year after last year, thinking that they had a shot to make the playoffs with a revived running…

On the Virtues of Amateurism

Jim Babka has a great post at Positive Liberty about blogging and the virtues of amateurism that I agree with entirely. He offers this great quote from Robert Proctor: Something is lost when people specialize. I like to see things like an amateur. The word amateur is literally “lover,” it’s from amore. Professionalism is often…

More on Rick Warren and Anti-Gay Views

Bruce Wilson has an important post at Talk2Action with another big piece of evidence about Rick Warren’s anti-gay views. I’ve written many times about the barbaric treatment of gays and lesbians in Nigeria, backed by both Muslim and Christian leaders there. I wrote two years ago about the draconian law in Nigeria that strips gay…

Fannie and Freddie Have The Gay

Of all the things you could criticize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for, the American Family Association and the perpetually unhinged Regina Griggs from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays are upset because the two mortgage giants gave small amounts of money to gay rights groups, which means they now have a full-fledged case of The…

Cheney Plays Humpty Dumpty

When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” So said Humpty Dumpty to a bewildered Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. It appears that Dick Cheney believes exactly the same thing as he continues to redefine reality in order to exonerate himself…

Minnesota’s Challenged Ballots

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has put up a website with PDFs of a lot of the challenged ballots in the Coleman-Franken race. It just points out the kind of stupid games being played by both sides. Both sides have challenged ballots that were clearly cast for the other side. Take a look at this ballot,…

Dobson v Beck: Who Do You Root For Here?

In a battle between James Dobson and Glenn Beck, and between right wing fundamentalists and right wing Mormons, who exactly am I supposed to root for? This post at Pam’s House Blend tells the story of how Focus on the Family put up a video promoting Glenn Beck’s new book – until some of their…

Bribing Warlords with Viagra

The CIA is pulling out all the stops to get Afghan warlords on our side in the fight against the Taliban, including giving them viagra. Paying for information is nothing new for the Central Intelligence Agency, but officers have started employing unusual incentives to persuade Afghan local leaders to share intelligence about the Taliban’s movements,…

Gay Navy Secretary? Cue the Outrage

And you just knew that outrage would come from Elaine Donnelly and be published by the AFA, the folks who are so bigoted that they refuse to even use the word gay. I especially like this quote: Donnelly says while there is no requirement that a Naval secretary have military experience, she thinks it would…