Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2011

Now that they’ve heard from Justice Scalia, Michele Bachmann’s con law class will now hear from Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. Jay is a brilliant attorney, beyond a doubt. And he’s done some really important First Amendment work that deserves praise, including the application of Free Speech precedents to attempts…

That’s a Lot of Ducks

Religion Dispatches reports that Romania has decided to tax witches: On January 1, Romania implemented new tax codes that, among other changes, added the occupation of “witch” to the nation’s labor codes. Those charging clients for tarot readings, curses, and blessings must now pay a 16 percent income tax and make contributions to health and…

Nazi Analogies? What Nazi Analogies

Here’s video of Megyn Kelly declaring that Fox News hosts never compare Obama, Democrats or liberals to Hitler or the Nazis.

Debunking Astrology

I have been rather amused watching the furor over recent changes to the astrological charts. Astrology is a monumentally ridiculous idea; the notion that the stars control our personality and behavior is every bit as stupid as the notion that everyone born in the Chinese year of the dog is going to behave the same.…

How the Right and Left View America

After I wrote about Michele Bachmann’s inanely sanitized version of American history it occurred to me that her view of such matters really helps illustrate the way the right wing tends to think about a whole range of issues. Most importantly, she views America as just another paradise lost archetype, much like the Garden of…

One of the fun things about watching the Worldnutdaily over the last couple years is seeing them get all excited about the latest irrelevant development in one of the seemingly infinite number of birther lawsuits in the courts. As the collective brain they all seem to share filters out reality, they are forever being convinced…

Ed’s Adventure in Aviation

Wednesday was pretty much a nightmare day. I was originally scheduled to leave Washington DC at 6:45, connecting through Cleveland to get in to Grand Rapids around 10 pm. But then it became clear that DC was going to get a major storm just before my flight out of there, so we decided it was…

Easy Church/State Case in California

The Desert Sands Unified School District in California decided to have a fundraiser to help pay for their new high school, allowing members of the community to purchase bricks to be placed permanently on campus with any message they would like to put on those bricks. But when an atheist decided he wanted an anti-Christian…

Wiley Drake, the California minister who is a birther and a first class loony who prays for God to kill those who disagree with him, used to be the second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Now he may take a run at being president: As most of you know I have served the…

Apparently Rudy is thinking about running for president again in 2012: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani tells National Review Online that he is seriously considering a 2012 presidential run. “I’m like a running back that has the ball and I’m looking for openings,” he says. “A crowded [field] may be good, from my…