Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2011

The 5th Circuit is currently hearing an en banc appeal of a case where a school district refused to allow a student to hand out candy cane-shaped pens with religious messages attached to them. And the religious right continues to lie about the case, particularly in the Worldnutdaily. Look at what they’ve claimed about the…

I’m sure most of my readers are aware of the situation in Bastrop, Louisiana by now. That’s where a high school senior named Damon Fowler protested a planned school prayer and the whole town turned on him. Including, I just found out, his own parents. Greta Christina has a thorough review of the whole story,…

Public Policy Polling has very interesting results for potential presidential candidates and their favorable/unfavorable rating. Voters nationally are evenly divided on Barack Obama’s job performance at 48% approving and 48% disapproving. Despite the mixed feelings toward him he leads Mitt Romney by 7 at 49-42, Newt Gingrich by 14 at 51-37, and Sarah Palin by…

Why FOIA Needs Reform

My former colleague Spencer Ackerman writes about a recent experience he had with a Freedom of Information Act request: Imagine my joy when I received a manila envelope in the mail bearing “DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE/OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL” in the upper left. How I should have known better. “This is in response to your Freedom…

Obama and Easter

The latest pathetic attempt by the religious right to Otherize Barack Obama comes from David Barton’s Wallbuilders radio program, which had former Bush aide Timothy Goeglein on to declare: Most Americans have a sense that it’s a good thing that the White House and the President recognize the most important feats day in the Christian…

The governor of Tennessee just signed into law a bill that was struck down by the Supreme Court 15 years ago. The law forbids local governments from passing anti-discrimination legislation that varies from state laws. It was designed to overturn an ordinance in Nashville that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for city…

The Worldnutdaily Turns 11

No, I don’t mean it was founded 11 years ago. I mean that appears to be the actual age, or at least emotional maturity, of the people who run it. Consider this headline: Liberals and Islamists sitting in a tree That’s a freaking headline on the site. What’s next? I know you are, but what…

Bryan Fischer continues his diatribe against sanity by arguing that the government should outlaw profanity and blasphemy. And he goes on quite a rant about how the NBA punished a player for calling someone a faggot and MSNBC suspended Ed Schultz for calling Laura Ingraham a slut, thus proving that we can outlaw blasphemy and…

Edwards May Be Prosecuted

The DOJ is preparing to prosecute former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for campaign finance violations in the process of covering up his affair in 2008. The Obama administration’s Justice Department has given federal prosecutors the go ahead to prosecute former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, ABC reported late Tuesday… Federal prosecutors were reportedly…

Con Man Calls Kettle Black

Now this is funny. Pat Robertson’s CBN News calls Harold Camping is a “fringe preacher.” On related news, the pot and the kettle were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide pact. The difference between Camping and Robertson is that Robertson’s false prediction of the end of the world was in 1982; Camping’s was in 1994.