Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2010

Great Movie Line Comes to Life

One of my favorite lines in one of my favorite movies of all time is this one, spoken by Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) in Broadcast News: Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If “needy” were a turn-on? But a new study suggests that this might, in fact,…

Pope: It’s Everyone’s Fault But Ours!

Marc Maron used to do a brilliant bit on stage about starting every day with a set of affirmations, one of which was, “It’s everyone’s fault but mine.” Pope Palpatine, errr Benedict, seems to have picked up on this strategy. In his annual address to Catholic cardinals and bishops, he actually wants to blame the…

Remember that UN resolution against extra-judicial killings that had sexual orientation removed as a wrongful basis for execution? The Obama administration pushed for an amendment to add it back in and the UN General Assembly approved it. Howard Friedman reports: Yesterday by a vote of 93 to 55 with 27 abstentions, the United Nations General…

The New Crazy Anti-Obama Argument

The right wing continues its pattern of ignoring perfectly valid criticisms of President Obama and opting instead for batshit crazy paranoia by declaring that he’s going to turn the country over to the Indians because we stole it from them in the first place. The Worldnutdaily headline reads: Obama to give Manhattan back to Native…

I reported a few months ago on a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that denied qualified immunity to two elementary school principals who denied students the right to hand out religious literature in their schools. Now the full appeals court has granted a request for an en banc rehearing on the matter. I expect…

A DHS fusion center in Tennessee — an agency designed to aid cooperation between state, local and federal officials in anti-terrorism investigations — has put the ACLU of Tennessee on a map of terrorist organizations because it sent a letter to schools warning them about Christmas celebrations and the First Amendment. A state government anti-terrorism…

David Barton’s Christmas Card

The Nashville Scene has pictures of the Christmas card sent out this year by Wallbuilders, David Barton’s group of Christian nationalists. It’s covered, predictably, with statements like “In God we trust” and “One Nation Under God” and with quotes about Christianity from various obscure founding fathers.

Americans: Less Religious Than They Claim

Shankar Vedantam asks a provocative question at Slate: Why do Americans claim to be more religious than they are? If you ask Americans in a poll if they regularly attend religious services, for example, about twice as many claim to do so than actually do so. Beyond the polls, social scientists have conducted more rigorous…

Back in the Saddle Again

I am now officially back from my long vacation and I’d like to give a huge thank you to Jon Rowe, Chris Rodda, Michael Heath and Kevin Vicklund for doing an incredible job of filling the page with thought-provoking material. Seriously, I can’t thank you all enough for giving me the opportunity to get totally…

Handing Back the Keys

Well, today is the last day of guest-blogging. I hope Jon, Chris, Michael, and I were able to entertain, inform, and provoke thought in all of you. Ed’s getting back in the saddle as I type this; hopefully this break has given him a chance to recharge the batteries. I look forward to a new…