Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2009

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From an old friend of Dispatches, Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars: I meet with the gays here and there. They were in my house two weeks ago. I don’t mind gays. But I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time. Certainly not in my kid’s face. I bet he even lets…

Our Mere Existence is Offensive

It has been fascinating watching the response, city by city, where the advertisement that says “Not religious? You’re not alone” has gone up. We’ve seen bus drivers refuse to drive buses with that ad on them (and get fired for it). In Cincinnati, death threats forced the removal of a billboard with that message. And…

New Church/State Lawsuit in Tennessee

A new lawsuit has been filed against the Cheatham County, Tennessee school system over a range of church/state violations including allowing Bible distribution in classrooms, teacher-endorsed prayer at football games and school-sponsored prayer at graduation ceremonies and the teaching of intelligent design, among other things. You can see the complaint here (PDF). Among the allegations:

An interesting conversation has begun on American Creation, where my friend Jon Rowe blogs along with several others from every side of the question of religion and the founding fathers (including frequent Dispatches commenter King of Ireland). The discussion is largely with Tom Van Dyke, who has commented here as well. The discussion is over…

The Kirk Cameron Action Kit

FunnyOrDie has an amusing video in response to Kirk Cameron’s crusade to hand out 50,000 copies of The Origin of Species with a creationist introduction. Video below the fold.

Right Wing Rap: Just Stop. Please.

Yet another right wing rapper has shown up on the scene at the tea parties. His name is Hi Caliber and he sucks as bad as all the previous ones. “Patriotic people throw your hands in the air, and wave them around like you just don’t care.” Seriously, is that the best he can do?…

And they’re quite proud of doing so, announcing it on their blog. The Lafayette County, MO Republicans have put up a billboard calling for revolution. And the banner on the billboard says “PREPARE FOR WAR–LIVE FREE OR DIE!” Here’s the picture:

The Supreme Court has denied cert in the case of McComb v. Crehan, the 2006 case where a valedictorian had her microphone cut off by the school during her speech at a graduation ceremony because she began to talk about her Christian faith, a deviation from the script they had approved (they had rejected the…

Cops: Break the Law, Change Departments

The Charleston Gazette of West Virginia documents a whole bunch of police officers breaking the law over and over again and just changing to a new department. The chief example is a cop named Matthew Leavitt, who was finally sentenced to two years in prison for assault after a long history of illegal behavior –…

Oh Ye Of Little Faith

This will show you just how strong the faith is for many Catholics. An Italian man has invented a hands-free holy water dispenser for Catholic churches because congregants were afraid of dipping their hands in the holy water urns: Clever Catholic inventor Luciano Marabese created the electronic holy water dispenser — a terracotta wall-mounted urn…