Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2010

Turns out Bob Marshall’s idiotic statement about God punishing women who have abortions by giving them handicapped babies wasn’t the only stupid thing said at that press conference. A minister at that conference also said Pat Robertson was right about God punishing Haiti for voodoo: “I know his comments angered a lot of the so-called,…

Democratic Hypocrisy on the Filibuster

So I’m watching TV the other day and I see Sen. Tom Udall on the Rachel Maddow show, arguing that the Senate must get rid of the filibuster. And he called his plan to do so the “constitutional option.” Hmmmm, I thought to myself. That’s funny, because that’s exactly what Republicans tried to call the…

After poking fun at Ellish Washington over his utter ignorance of evolution the other day, he sent me an email. I will reproduce it in full: Just one question: How can you have such faith in the theory of evolution when Darwin himself said his theory was a ” mere rag of an hypothesis” and…

AFA Attacks CPAC and the Hot Air Blog

The American Family Association sent out an “action alert” blasting CPAC for allowing a gay GOP group to have a booth at the event and Ed Morrisey’s Hot Air blog for criticizing Ryan Sorba’s moronic and gratuitous gay-baiting at the event. The alert was written by Bryan Fischer and it says: Not only was GOPROUD…

McCain Rewrites TARP History

John McCain, as close to a changeling as one can find in politics, is stuck trying to project himself as a real conservative again now that he’s got a challenger from the right in his Senate reelection bid. His whole career has been a series of shifts between moderate and reasonable reformer, on the one…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From William Kelly, the candidate for Illinois comptroller who is suing over an atheist sign put up in the state capitol next to a nativity scene: “I believe that the result of this lawsuit is going to prevent these atheists from abusing these nativity scenes every year because really, that statement wasn’t contributing anything to…

That is the title of a panel discussion held at the Cato Institute last week, a discussion that featured Andrew Sullivan, Nick Herbert (a member of the British parliament from the Conservative Party) and the vile Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage. And it was quite an interesting discussion. Friend of Dispatches Jason…

Radio Show Preview 2-25-10

On tonight’s Declaring Independence: Mike Lillis, the congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent, will be on to talk about the jobs bill, health care reform and other goings on in Congress. Marcy Wheeler will be on to talk about the Office of Professional Responsibility’s report on John Yoo and the subsequent cover up going on…

One of the things revealed in the OPR report on Yoo and Bybee is that the Bush administration had, in that situation, yet again somehow managed — completely coincidentally, of course — to “lose” all of the emails involving the creation of their memos. As happened in so many other situations, all of the emails…

African Gays Under Duel Attack

Being openly gay has become much easier in the United States and most of the rest of the developed world, but it is getting more and more dangerous for people in many parts of Africa. There they face the two-pronged attack of fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Islam, depending on where they are. We already know…