Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2009

Bush Demands His Own Prosecution

Andrew Sullivan finds a Youtube video of George W. Bush on an Arab television station after the Abu Ghraib situation went public, explaining the difference between a free nation with the rule of law and a dictatorship. He says: It’s important for people to understand that in a democracy, there will be a full investigation.…

The lawsuit filed by the Association of Christian Schools International against the University of California over the university system’s refusal to give credit for several classes taught in some Christian schools is now on appeal to the 9th circuit (the university won at the district court level) and our friends from Pepper Hamilton, Eric Rothschild…

Here’s another one of those classic Worldnutdaily headlines: Yes, it’s an “exclusive,” which as always means it’s something so breathtakingly idiotic that no other “news outlet” would even consider publishing it.

Zubaydah’s Interrogator Speaks Out

Defenders of torture continue to claim that abusing Khalid Sheikh Mohhamed and Ali Zubaydah worked, that it got useful intelligence that saved lives. Today, one of the FBI interrogators who handled Zubaydah dumps cold water all over those claims in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. He says in no uncertain terms that…

We know the Bush apologists claim that the use of stress positions, sleep deprivation, waterboarding and the like isn’t torture when done by Americans, but what if it’s done to Americans? We have always treated it as torture in the past, but now we may get a current example after two journalists were arrested and…

Uber-wingnut Gordon Klingenschmitt is now praying — in Jesus’ name, of course — for God to strike down Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. You can listen to the prayer here. It’s what they call an “imprecatory prayer,” the same thing…

Andrew Sullivan notes just how far the right has fallen since the days of their constantly-evoked hero, Ronald Reagan. Reagan fought for the passage of the U.N. Convention on Torture and made the U.S. a signatory to it in 1984. And not only did he push for each country to prosecute anyone in their leadership…

Remember last week when I reported that the judge had issued a preliminary injunction against a school for having a 3rd grade class sing a ridiculous country song called In God We Still Trust at an end-of-year event? Well now the school has replaced that song with another one called Chatter With the Angels, apparently…

Balko Nails Harman

Balko has a pretty devastating post about Rep. Jane Harman. I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the NSA may have caught Harman on wiretaps offering a quid pro quo to two Israeli lobbyists (we don’t know at this point if that’s true, she denies it and the tape has not been produced). Balko notes…

Whitson on ICR Lawsuit

Tony Whitson, who comments here from time to time, has an analysis of the ICR’s lawsuit against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for refusing to certify them to hand out master’s degrees. And it includes pictures of the complaint that really have to be seen. The attorney who wrote the complaint, James J. S.…