Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2009

A New Creationist Strategy!

Those of us who’ve been active in defending science education from the attacks of creationists, as I have for most of my adult life, often find great amusement in the fact that the anti-evolution movement evolves quite rapidly in response to changes in the legal environment. The latest strategy, apparently conceived by the brilliant minds…

Bork on Sotomayor

Robert Bork has an interview in Newsweek slamming the Sotomayor pick for the Supreme Court. The more I see about Sotomayor the less I like the pick myself, but the criticisms coming from the right are not only idiotic they’re also breathtakingly hypocritical. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite lines from the…

ACORN? ACORN Who?

The Brad Blog reports on a guilty plea by Mark Jacoby, the head of an organization hired by the California Republican Party to head their voter registration efforts. First he quotes the LA Times on the story: The owner of a voter-registration company pleaded guilty Tuesday to voter-registration fraud, according to the Los Angeles County…

An interesting lawsuit has been filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) on behalf of two students and their parents against the Spartanburg, South Carolina school system for awarding academic credit to students for released-time Christian education classes. You can read the full complaint here (PDF). South Carolina has a law allowing schools to…

In response to a Georgia case where the state Supreme Court recently ruled that a trial judge could not order a father to keep his children away from his gay friends when visiting, Liberty Counsel goes even further and argues that children should not even be allowed to visit a parent if that parent is…

Fresh from its tireless (and largely successful) efforts to weaken the science curriculum, the Texas State Board of Education has set its sights on ruining the social studies curriculum too. It starts with the appointment of a panel of “experts” chosen by the board to make recommendations on that curriculum, which includes supreme wingnuts like…

Remember the Ricci case, the New Haven firefighters lawsuit that Sotomayor ruled on that has created so much controversy? Politico cites a rather odd fact: the Obama administration is actually urging the Supreme Court to overturn that ruling even while defending her for making it. And Alaska, led by Sarah Palin, has filed a brief…

Bachmann Refuses to Fill Out Census

Michelle Bachmann, prom queen for life of Wingnuttia High School, tells the Moonie Times that she and her family will refuse to answer most of the questions when the census takers show up because ACORN is one of the many organizations that has applied to help recruit the door-to-door canvassers. Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann…

The Poker Players Alliance has updated their response to the seizure of some $30 million by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York with some interesting new items. For instance, they say that the seizure was done on the basis of the Wire Act: We have been advised that the action taken…

Thomas More Law Center Loses Again

A federal judge from the Eastern District of Michigan denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed by an Arab Christian group that sought the right to pass out literature at a major gathering of Muslims in Dearborn. Pastor George Saieg, founder of the Arabic Christian Perspective, has attended the Dearborn Arab International Festival…