Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2010

Fred Phelps and his merry gang of ghouls and bigots say they’re going to protest at the graduation of Constance McMillen, the young lesbian girl in Mississippi whose school and fellow students treated so abominably. The Westboro Baptist Church, which has drawn jeers for picketing at soldiers’ funerals and on Tuesday cheered the deaths of…

You know it’s only a matter of time before the right wing seizes on this story as Obama’s blueprint for America, since he’s a Kenyan Muslim and all. A group of Islamic clerics in northeastern Kenya said on Monday it was cracking down on public broadcasts of soccer and films because it feared young Kenyan…

The GOP’s latest fundraising tactic is to tell some rather ridiculous lies about some of Obama’s judicial nominees for the federal courts. TPM has the details on the new GOP site, http://www.obamavconstitution.com/, and the false claims made on it. According to the RNC, Goodwin Liu wants to keep the government from having “the tools to…

Noah’s Ark Found! Uh…Again!

The Worldnutdaily credulously declares Noah’s Ark found one more time: “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wingcheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International, told Agence France-Presse. The team says it…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Texas Board of Education wingnut Cynthia Dunbar, being interviewed by theocratic wingnut John Lofton: “They (the founding fathers) didn’t want in any way religion to be chilled. They certainly didn’t want to have any concern whatsoever for the, quote-unquote, nonreligious, which is the new standard that we know, as far as seeing what the…

Ackerman at Gitmo

My colleague Spencer Ackerman is spending the week at — not in — Guantanamo Bay, observing the start of a military tribunal for Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen accused of attacking American troops in Afghanistan. One purpose of his trip is to determine whether the Obama-era tribunals are any different from Bush-era tribunals, as Obama…

One of the glaring scandals in this country — and virtually no one speaks about it — is the fact that our prisons are littered with people who were convicted on the basis of pseudo-scientific nonsense that has either never been shown to be valid, or has conclusively been shown not to be valid. Bruises…

Rick Pino Spins Me Right Round

If you thought the holy ghost hokey poker was funny, you’re gonna love this minister turning a godawful 80s dance song into a hymn and getting his flock to bust a move — while spinning their socks over their head. And then it turns into pentecostal square dancing — a holy ghost hoedown. It’s like…

Steve Chapman has a compelling piece at Reason.com about Arizona’s draconian new anti-immigration law and the emptiness of the excuses being made for it. Here’s the excuse: Arizona legislators are fed up with being terrorized by illegal immigrants, and they have passed a law to get tough. Under the measure, passed this week and sent…

If you thought the Constance McMillen story was bad, another Mississippi school has simply scrubbed the very existence of a lesbian student out of the school yearbook. When Veronica Rodriguez opened Wesson Attendance Center’s Yearbook on Friday, she didn’t find a trace of her lesbian daughter Ceara Sturgis after a long battle with school officials…