Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2009

Judge Sotomayor: Not a Radical

Conservative interest groups have predictably launched their familiar litany of codephrases on Judge Sotomayor. Within moments of the announcement of her nomination, all the old rhetoric immediately came out: she’s a “liberal judicial activist,” declared Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network, whose “personal political agenda is more important tha[n] the law as written.” But…

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the California Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state. The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage but also ruled that gay couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state…

More Anti-SSM Stupidity

Since the Washington DC city council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, some members of Congress want to get involved and overturn that decision. A group of Republican legislators want to pass a law doing so and they’re using the usual idiotic rhetoric: “Nothing can be more important than the sanctity of…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Yet another dumbass quote from Pat Boone at the Worldnutdaily. It’s a long one, so the full quote below the fold:

Sotomayor Is The Nominee

The New York Times reports that President Obama has chosen Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace Justice Souter. Sotomayor is a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, which seems a near-certainty barring serious scandal, she will be the first Hispanic justice to serve on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor’s life…

In an amusing bit of hypocrisy, Liberty University has decided to pull recognition from the College Democrats as a student organization. Liberty University will no longer recognize its campus Democratic club because, officials say, the national party’s platform goes against the conservative Christian school’s moral principles. Officials at the private Lynchburg school, which was founded…

Obama is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Souter this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. In the last week I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s basically a toss up between two candidates: Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General, and Judge Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s my…

AP is reporting that Sen. Jon Kyl, the #2 Republican in the Senate and a member of the Judiciary Committee, is refusing to rule out a possible filibuster if Obama nominates someone for the Supreme Court that he doesn’t like: The Senate’s No. 2 Republican on Sunday refused to rule out an effort to block…

Right on cue, the Worldnutdaily shows us why what the scientists, PR people and media outlets who overhyped the find of an early primate fossil did was detrimental to the public’s understanding of science. Such exaggerations and overblown statements are easily turned around and made to cast doubt on the validity of science and the…

This is kind of weird. A spokesman for Focus on the Family apparently said that the organization has no problem with a gay justice being placed on the Supreme Court. And other religious righters are none too happy about it: Focus on the Family has no problem with a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court…