Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2010

Scientology’s Faith Healing in Haiti

AFP reports that there are Scientologists down in Haiti practicing a rather odd form of faith healing: Amid the mass of aid agencies piling in to help Haiti quake victims is a batch of Church of Scientology “volunteer ministers”, claiming to use the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems. Clad in yellow T-shirts emblazoned…

In one of the most appalling and ridiculous stories I’ve ever encountered, a school district in California has removed all the Merriam-Webster dictionaries from school classrooms because they actually defined sexual terms. After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across “oral sex” in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided…

Civility and Blogging

As usual, I failed to make it down to the triangle for the Science Online conference that my friend and colleague Bora works so hard every year to put on. Which means that, once again, I missed the opportunity to meet a few of the Sciblings I’ve not yet had the chance to meet. It…

Witless Response to Bible Verse Scopes

Leave it to Fox News to give a platform to the utterly witless Greg Gutfeld to say something utterly stupid about the controversy over Bible verses on scopes sold to the U.S. military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gutfeld is the host of Fox’s atrocious Red Eye show — seriously, have you seen that…

Texas BOE Bans Children’s Book Author

Just how utterly clueless are the religious right intelli-phobes on the Texas State Board of Education? They banned a children’s book author with a very common name because one of the dolts on the board did an Amazon search and found a different author with the same name had written a book about Marxism.

Rain in California: Blame the Gays

San Diego’s favorite wingnut, James Hartline, says that the torrential rains in Southern California are God’s punishment on the gays: On January 16th, James Hartline warned San Diego and America about the radicalized homosexual group CAPI which has ties to an anti-semitic globalist homosexual group. CAPI is holding a gay pride conference in San Diego…

Judge Vaughan Walker, who has been so good when it comes to rejecting the invocations of the state secrets privilege by the Bush and Obama administrations, has nonetheless dismissed a key legal challenge to the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping (specifically, their data mining) program on standing grounds. See the full ruling here (PDF). The government has…

The Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in Briscoe v Virginia, a legal challenge to a ruling that came down just last year, Melendez v Diaz, which established the right of defendants to cross examine forensic experts who perform tests entered into evidence against them. You can see the full transcript of the oral…

Taking Your Suggestions

After a while it becomes more difficult to think of interesting guests to have on my radio show, so I thought I’d ask my readers for suggestions. You all know the kinds of subjects I like to talk about and write about. Who would you suggest I ask to come on the show for an…

Greenwald on the Citizens United Ruling

Glenn Greenwald does his usual brilliant job of analyzing the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. He punctures, as I attempted to do, the astonishingly overwrought arguments being used against the decision about how this is the coming of corporate fascism and now big business will have unlimited influence in politics — as if they…