Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2010

I’m on the mailing list for Worldview Weekend, an ultra-fundy group that hosts seminars all over the country to preach their twisted vision. And sometimes what they send out is really, really funny. Their missive on Friday had Brannon Howse, their leader, going after Beck again for preaching Mormonism. And he includes this quote from…

Rev. Moon Wants Washington Times Back

I haven’t written about the Rev. Moon in a long time, but this report caught my eye: Four years ago, Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon gave the Washington Times to his eldest son. Now, following a year of turmoil and uncertainty at the publication, he is considering paying millions to buy it back,…

From Gary North in his 1986 book The Sinai Strategy: Economics and the Ten Commandments, urging the death penalty for blasphemy: The question eventually must be raised: Is it a criminal offense to take the name of the Lord in vain? When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime (Ex. 21:17). The…

Here’s one other aspect of this ridiculous controversy over the Islamic center in Manhattan that I’ve mentioned once but deserves broader recognition: The man behind this project is a Sufi, which is considered a heresy by the Islamic radicals in Al Qaeda. Fareed Zakaria pointed this out on his show recently. Last month, Islamic radicals…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From the Catholic Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, in a speech to the Canon Law Association of Slovakia: In general, Catholics have thrived in the United States. The reason is simple. America has always had a broadly Christian and religion-friendly moral foundation, and our public institutions were established as non-sectarian, not antireligious. Wow. Talk…

Weirdest Headline Ever?

I can’t be the only one to do a double take when seeing this headline: Scientists create ‘dry water’ But it’s really pretty cool stuff and could have a lot of important applications in the real world. But like Balko, I’m reminded of the old Steven Wright joke: “I bought a box of powdered water,…

Daily Show on Glenn Beck’s Rally

Jon Stewart has some fun with Glenn Beck’s audacious and disgusting attempt to claim the mantle of Martin Luther King and his rally at the Lincoln memorial.

Do you consider yourself an agnostic? Then Uncle Sam wants YOU! Okay, not Uncle Sam. A couple of Canadian researchers want you to help them with a project and all it requires is filling out a survey for them. Dr. Allan Cheyne, psychologist at the University of Waterloo, and his research partner Fred Britton of…

Get Well, PZ

I just want to send along my best wishes to PZ Myers for a quick recovery from his recent health problems. Get well fast, PZ.

Daily Show on Fox News and Terror

The Daily Show had a hilarious take on the fact that the very person demonized by Fox News as a major funder of terrorism is a co-owner of Fox News. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c