Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2009

Public Opinion on Torture

I recently asserted, based mostly on anecdotal evidence, that the American public by and large doesn’t care about torture and, if anything, a majority wants the government to engage in torture. But Glenn Greenwald cites a recent survey that pretty clearly suggests otherwise. In fact, that poll is very encouraging on a range of issues.…

Congress Targeting Blagojevich

David Weigel notes an interesting line in the stimulus bill being considered in Congress: None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State…

This article notes some of the silly reaction to Obama’s simple and obvious statement that the nation includes non-believers. Here’s what Obama said: “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness,” the new president said. “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth,”…

Limbaugh Has Gone Bananas

Here’s one of the most idiotic statements you are ever likely to hear: LIMBAUGH: What I’m afraid of is that what Obama did with this executive order is actually make it easier for the media to go get Bush documents. Because you know Pelosi and some of the guys over in congress are talking about…

OMG, We’re Gonna Die!

That pretty much sums up the reaction from the loony right to Obama’s order to close the prison at Gitmo and end torture. Glenn Greenwald is doing an excellent job of debunking all the fear-mongering. I like this part especially: The New York Times today prints a front-page article claiming that a detainee released from…

Haggard’s Church Paid Off Victim

As Ted Haggard is making the rounds of talk shows to promote a documentary about his fall from grace and (alleged) redemption, there’s more information emerging about his dalliances – including one with a young church volunteer: Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall…

Keyes’ Historical Dishonesty

Alan Keyes brings the crazy again in this Worldnutdaily article about Obama’s inaugural address. He quotes this portion of the inaugural, which was, I admit, pretty much empty pablum: In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of…

So far, Obama has taken some important steps. He’s issued an executive order rescinding a Bush order that mandated more secrecy in government: Barack Obama’s first acts as president included signing three orders today that could open public access to documents and records that had been closed off during the Bush administration. Obama reversed George…

Last year there was a lot of controversy over goings on at a Muslim charter school in Minnesota and the anti-ACLU types gave their usual silly argument – “Why isn’t the ACLU suing over this? They just hate Christianity and don’t care about Islam.” In fact, the ACLU had said then that they were investigating…

Wilders to face hate speech charges

The timing of this, given my interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali the other day, is almost too perfect. Geert Wilders, the Dutch member of parliament who made a film comparing statements in the Quran to Nazism, will face hate speech charges in his home country. This idiotic statement from the ruling jumps out: “In a…