Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2011

Clough Needs to Go

I agree completely with Jeffrey Goldberg on G. Wayne Clough, the head of the Smithsonian Institution, who refused to stand up to right wing blather and censored what is, by all rational account, a brilliant exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. You may remember the controversy over the last few weeks. A display by David…

Oklahoma’s New Anti-Evolution Bill

It’s the start of a new legislative session, and with Republicans in control of most state houses now you can expect a sharp uptick in the number of anti-evolution bills being submitted. Oklahoma, of course, always its share of such bills and the NCSE has the details on the first one of the session: First,…

Ellis Washington Wants a Real Crusade

Ellis Washington brings the crazy again in his latest Worldnutdaily column where he actually begins by citing Ann Coulter’s famous argument that in the war on terror we should “invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity” — with approval. Last week a radio host was interviewing a Muslim convert to Christianity…

Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even hear about Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC until late Saturday night when someone messaged me and said, “Why did Olbermann leave?” I replied, “Leave what?” Still, I’m certainly not surprised by this turn of events. The tensions between him and the network weren’t exactly a secret and they’ve…

Supreme Court and Recusal, Once Again

The New York Times reports: When the conservative financier Charles Koch sent out invitations for a political retreat in Palm Springs later this month, he highlighted past appearances at the gathering of “notable leaders” like Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court. A leading liberal group is now trying to use that…

Ex-racist Says He’s Sorry

Here is a must-read story by Zach Beck, an ex-racist and neo-Nazi apologizing to the people of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for his past actions. You don’t have to forgive me and I don’t blame you if you don’t, but I need you, Coeur d’Alene, to know that I and so many before and after me…

If you thought the defeat of some of the worst members of the Texas State Board of Education would calm things down there, think again. The Foundation for Thought and Ethics, publishers of the book Of Pandas and People, intends to apply with the board to be an organization that can supply supplemental material for…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Andrew Sullivan, responding to the latest evidence that the Roman Catholic Church cared more about their reputation and avoiding embarrassment than about protecting children from pedophile priests: And let us be clear who was presiding over this disgraceful and disgusting negligence of a core moral value: the protection of children from abuse and rape.…

Off to DC

By the time you read this, I’ll be in the air headed toward the nation’s capitol for three days of meetings, briefly interrupted by seeing my friend Vinx perform at Blues Alley Tuesday night. Thankfully it’s a bit warmer in DC than it is here in Michigan, where the wind chill is well below zero.

Rick Santorum is running for president in 2012. And he’s already saying really stupid things. In a recent interview, he actually said: “The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person…