Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2011

Tennessee Gets Anti-Sharia Bill

Tennessee has become the third state to get one of those anti-Sharia bills in the state legislature. A proposed new state law would make following the Islamic legal code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail. State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, introduced the bill, known as Senate Bill 1028, last…

Montana joins TN in Anti-Gay Legislation

Montana has become the second state to try to pass a law forbidding local governments from passing ordinances to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. Tennessee is the other one. The Republican majority on the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that would effectively overturn Missoula’s 2010 ordinance banning discrimination against city residents based…

Here’s a fascinating case in Indiana, where the state court of appeals has upheld a state law that upgrade burglary to a more serious felony if one robs a church rather than another kind of building. A man convicted of burgling a church challenged the increased punishment on Establishment Clause grounds but the court said…

More Progress on Equal Rights

Maryland is poised to legalize same-sex marriage this week, while Hawaii is about to legalize civil unions for both gay and straight couples. Both are big steps in the right direction. The more states pass such laws through the legislative process rather than having them imposed by the courts, the better. And guess what? The…

Rock Beyond Belief Finally a Reality

I want to congratulate Justin Griffith, organizer of the Rock Beyond Belief festival, for finally getting the military to agree to a date. This day long festival will be a signal to non-believing soldiers serving in our military that they are not alone. I long ago agreed to be the host and emcee of the…

In one of his most bizarre diatribes yet, Glenn Beck says that Reform Judaism is just like radical Islam in being highly politicized. When you talk about rabbis, understand that most — most people who are not Jewish don’t understand that there are the Orthodox rabbis, and then there are the reformed rabbis. Reformed rabbis…

Bachmann’s First Stump Speech

Though she still maintains that she’s waiting to hear from God directly, Rep. Michele Bachmann is clearly working toward running for president in 2012. And she gave what may have been her first real stump speech of the campaign in South Carolina the other day. My colleague Andy Birkey reports on some of the whoppers…

The Craziest Anti-Choice Bill Yet

With the election of so many plainly crazy people to state legislatures in November, we should not be surprised to find those people submitting crazy legislation. But this one may take the cake. Rep. Bobby Franklin of Georgia has submitted a bill requiring the state to investigate every miscarriage that happens in that state to…

The Latest Anti-Obama Conspiracy Theory

Somehow I managed to be on the mailing list of a website called Special Guests, which suggests people who can be interviewed on talk radio shows (I didn’t sign up for it, they just started sending me emails). The whole outfit is clearly of the wingnut variety because they keep suggesting guests like Gordon Klingenschmitt,…

Glenn Beck Infiltrated by Communists!

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs, who was kind enough to link to my post about Islam and Sharia law (thank you), hoists Glenn Beck on his own petard of symbolic insanity. He noticed Beck on his show ranting about a “clenched fist” logo being used for uprisings in the Middle East and he relates…