Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2008

Scott Pilutik writes about an interesting court case in California, where two men are suing Diskeeper, a computer software company, over forcing them to attend Scientology training sessions as a condition of employment:

Preparing for Vegas, Baby, Vegas

I’m heading to Vegas from January 11-15 and I just found this picture at PunditKitchen: That snow had better be gone by the time I get there. I’m not flying to Vegas to see freaking snow. I’ve got enough of that here (I point out after removing nearly 2 feet of snow from my deck).…

Justice and Basketball

A reader emailed me a link to this hilarious PDF that suggests that all of the big 5-4 decisions of the Supreme Court in the last 100 years were decided by a basketball game. It plays off the fact that the 4th floor of the Supreme Court building houses a basketball court, which if facetiously…

Rick Warren’s Bill Buckingham Moment

Bill Buckingham, you may recall, was the Dover school board member who denied under oath, both in depositions and on the witness standing during the trial, that he had never, ever used the term ‘creationist’ at any time when discussing his desire to use a supplemental textbook in science classrooms in the Dover schools. Then…

The DI’s Shameless Fundraising Tactics

The desperation of the Discovery Institute is clearly on display in a fundraising appeal they’ve sent out seeking to exploit the suicide of a college student to get people to send them money. Cheryl Shepherd-Adams has the fundraising letter, which is based on the story from a few weeks ago about Jesse Kilgore killing himself…

Campbell’s Soup has The Gay

Campbell’s has come to the bizarre conclusion that gay people might eat soup too and has taken out magazine ads to appeal to that segment of the market, which predictably has the American Family Association all verklempt. The American Family Association (AFA) says Christian consumers need to know that the Campbell Soup Company embraces the…

Cheney’s Insane Defense

Watching the Dick Cheney farewell tour of interviews is becoming downright surreal. He steadfastly refuses to admit that the Bush administration has ever done anything wrong. In fact, the closest he’s come to saying they’ve made a mistake is to argue that Bush should not have fired Rumsfeld because Rumsfeld was doing a great job.…

Obama to Appoint Gay Navy Secretary?

Looks like a possibility. As gay activists protest the selection of evangelical megapastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, they could have reason to cheer a future Obama announcement. Sources tell NEWSWEEK that the president-elect is considering the appointment of the first openly gay chief of a military branch. Bill White, president of the…

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling on countries to pass laws against the defamation of religion for the fourth straight year. The good news is that each year it seems to be getting less and less support: The non-binding resolution, championed by Islamic states and opposed by Western countries, passed by 86 votes…

Obama’s First Big Missteps

Obama has made his first two serious missteps as president-elect, which are: A) his mishandling of the Blagojevich situation and B) his invitation to Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural. Neither will be a big deal in the long run, but they’re causing unnecessary difficulties for the campaign and they amount to…