Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2010

Ed Blasphemes in Grand Rapids

Tonight I am returning to the stand up comedy stage for only the second time in 15 years to headline an event for International Blasphemy Rights Day. The show takes place at the Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids. We’ll be on the upper level as the lower levels are taken…

The Obama administration wants easier access to your online communications: Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. Essentially, officials want Congress to require…

This certainly doesn’t surprise me. A new Pew survey finds that atheists and agnostics know more about religion than those who practice religion. A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly…

Balko has some good news. Anthony Graber, a Maryland man who was charged with felony wiretapping for recording a police officer during a traffic stop, has had those charges dismissed by a state judge. The police actually busted down his door and arrested him after he posted the video of the traffic stop on the…

Gay Conservatives Embrace Coulter

The long-anticipated appearance of Ann Coulter at a fundraiser for GOProud finally happened last week. And as amusing as it has been to watch the wingnuts tear each other apart over it, it’s equally amusing to see the gay conservatives embrace Coulter as though she’s on their side suddenly. Politico reports on the event and…

The Obama administration is arguing for dismissal of another new lawsuit based on the state secrets privilege, this one a case challenging the government’s authority to assassinate American citizens abroad. This is the third time it has done so in cases filed since it took office, on top of all the Bush-era cases where it…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Sara Robinson, explaining perfectly the entire reason for the faux controversy over the “ground zero mosque”: Conservatives can do without a god, but they can’t get through the day without a devil. Their entire model of reality revolves around the existence of an existential enemy who’s out to annihilate them. Take that focal point…

O’Donnell on Evolution

Bill Maher had Anne Druyan on his show this weekend and he played a clip of Christine O’Donnell making the usual idiotic arguments about evolution. She was about to claim that Darwin recanted on his deathbed, it appears, but she was interrupted and she offered the astonishingly stupid “why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans”…

Obama and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Redux

Obama got heckled by gay rights activists at a fundraiser on Wednesday: President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Activists yelled slogans and held signs aloft reading “Obama broken promises KILL.”…

Those four Christian missionaries I wrote about who were arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of the peace while preaching at the Dearborn International Arab Festival in June were acquitted by a jury on Friday. That’s the right result, but frankly the charges should have been dismissed by the judge in the first place. Nabeel…