Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2009

The Washington Post had an op-ed the other day endorsing that we need to have investigations and prosecutions over torture during the Bush administration — but only for those “rogue” interrogators who went beyond what the Yoo memos pretended they could legally do. We reject the distorted interpretations that underpin the OLC memos and that…

As the furor over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates has grown, I have repeatedly offered one simple opinion: it is no more illegal to yell at and insult a police officer than it is to yell at or insult any other citizen. The mere fact that they have the power to arrest you does…

My friend Chris Rodda has been blasting the “Christian heritage” resolutions that have been submitted in Congress by Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia for years. Those resolutions are chock full of oversimplifications, half-truths and outright lies. During a recent radio appearance, Forbes issued the following challenge: “I challenge the president or anyone else — come…

In addition to all the other neighborhoods she visits in the loonisphere, Michelle Bachmann appears to be on the birther bandwagon as well. When a congressman from Hawaii offered a routine resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming a state – a resolution that noted that the state was the birthplace of the 44th…

Sharlet Describes Our Leaders

Jeff Sharlet has not only done us a great service by documenting the history, ideology and actions of the Family, he has also left us with some delightful descriptions of our legislative leaders. In his book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, he offers this description of Republican Congressman Todd…

Texas County Tries Hiring Chaplains

Collin County, Texas has decided to try hiring ministers to come in and talk to county employees and counsel with them about their problems. After much debate, Collin County commissioners agreed to “try out” a new employee care program during their regular meeting on Monday. Representatives from Marketplace Chaplains pitched the program to the commissioners.…

There’s something quite amusing about people who are batshit insane yet utterly unaware of that fact. They’re like the little chicken in the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, being held easily at bay while swinging away at their target and missing by a mile, all the while issuing bigger and bigger threats and detailing all the…

More than a year after controversy erupted over the firing of longtime wrestling coach Gerry Marszalek by Dearborn Fordson High School over allegations that one of his volunteer assistant coaches had converted one of the team members to Christianity and baptized him, Marszalek has filed a wrongful termination suit against the Dearborn Public Schools and…

The Worldnutdaily’s Uncle Tom

What else could you possibly call a black writer who savages the NAACP, calling them “one of the most radical socialist organizations in America” and part of the “totalitarian cult of liberalism”?

Tony Alama, the Christian mega-preacher from Arkansas, was convicted on Friday of Mann Act violations for taking girls as young as 9 across state lines and having sex with them. The five women, now age 17 to 33, told jurors that Alamo “married” them in private ceremonies while they were minors, sometimes giving them wedding…