Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2011

Evolution Leads to The Gay!

An obscure creationist group I’ve never heard of even after 25 years of closely following the creationist movement says that the teaching of evolution leads to homosexual indoctrination: The Creation Studies Institute is warning members that, like the Nazis, gay-rights activists are using public schools to indoctrinate students. While many Religious Right groups have alleged…

My friend Robin Marty points out that the Louisiana legislator who wants to outlaw all abortions in that state also wants to sterilize poor women. When Louisiana Rep. John LaBruzzo announced he was authoring a bill to enact a full ban on all abortions in the state, he claimed that language that a woman obtaining…

AFA Uses Fake Founding Fathers Quote

Right Wing Watch reports on a video series being promoted by the American Family Association that — yet again — uses a fake quote from John Quincy Adams that has been debunked for a long time. The American Family Association is promoting the lecture series “Biblical Foundations of Government with Erich Pratt,” a graduate of…

As much as conservatives like Ann Coulter like to pretend that it’s Democrats who are bringing all the attention to the birther movement, Michelle Goldberg pretty much shreds that absurd claim at the Daily Beast. Increasingly, conservatives are trying to replace one conspiracy theory with another, accusing liberals of spreading birtherism in order to discredit…

The White House this morning released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate. This raises two questions for me. 1. Why did he bother? There is an old adage that you should never interrupt your opponent when he’s making a fool of himself. And the whole birther issue is a solid gold winner for him politically. The…

This is from Andrew Cohen, who “won a Murrow Award as one of the nation’s leading legal analysts and commentators.” This statement, in defense of the prosecution of the owners of online poker sites, will call that award into question: Friedersdorf’s lament about the current demise of three major online poker sites is easier to…

Ironic Headline of the Year

From TPMlivewire: Sean Hannity To Host Special Report On Media Bias For Fox News That’s as ridiculous as the idea of Bristol Palin giving speeches against teen pregnancy. Or Rush Limbaugh criticizing gays for destroying marriage. Or Newt Gingrich prosecuting Bill Clinton for an affair while having an affair. Or David Vitter talking about family…

The ACLU has recently defended two men who’ve burned the Quran, one a New Jersey transit worker who burned pages of the Quran in protest of the Park 51 Islamic center project and the other a Florida pastor who wanted to protest outside the largest mosque in America in Dearborn. In the New Jersey case,…

This spat between Salon.com writer Justin Elliott and Worldnutdaily owner Joseph Farah has been quite amusing. It’s fun to watch Farah twist and turn and try to avoid the central issue. It all began when Elliott emailed Farah asking for documentation of the WND’s claim that Obama had spent $2 million in legal fees to…

It Isn’t Just Iowa

Turns out Iowa Republicans do represent the national party rank and file. A new CBS/New York Times poll finds that 47% of Republicans nationally don’t believe Obama was born in the United States. 22% aren’t sure. 33% say he’s a citizen. So the GOP is basically 2/3 out of their goddamn minds. But remember, this…