Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2011

There’s been an amusing little fight going at the National Review Online ever since New York passed a law allowing same-sex marriages on Friday night. It began with Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York making a terrible analogy over the issue, saying: “Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in…

Roberta Combs of the Christian Coalition makes a silly argument: Obama spoke at a Manhattan fundraiser on Thursday and, although he did not specifically state that he supports gay marriage, told gay rights advocates that, “I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country.” This took place…

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) has issued a new report on abstinence-only sex education that reviews all of the studies so far and concludes that such programs are not only a waste of resources, they can actually diminish the sexual health of those who undergo such training. A rigorous published review of 28…

If you’re looking for one of the reasons why the United States imprisons more people — by miles — than any other nation, you can look to the development of private prisons as a means of making some people rich. Those people spend millions of dollars to lobby elected officials to do two things: Convert…

I’m sure this will come as no shock. Opposition to interracial marriage is highest among evangelical Christians — twice that of the general population. Pew’s February Political Typology Poll asked people about recent trends in American society. Pew asked if “more people of different races marrying each other” was good or bad society. Overall, only…

How to Record Police Activity

Alexis Madrigal has some important links for sites that will help you record what cops are doing without them being able to destroy the evidence. Which is what makes two new apps, CopRecorder and OpenWatch, and their Web component, OpenWatch.net, so interesting. They are the brainchildren of Rich Jones, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate who…

Bachmann Hearts John Wayne

Now this is truly hilarious. Michelle Bachmann announced her presidential bid in Waterloo, Iowa on Monday and she told a reporter that she was only following in the footsteps of conservative icon (and complete fraud) John Wayne, who was also born in Waterloo. “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne…

Ted Baehr, self-styled movie critic and Worldnutdaily columnist, declares bluntly that all governments — and their subjects, of course — should be subject to “divine law” and therefore that those legislators who voted for same-sex marriage in New York should now be prosecuted. Either of these distortions of real truth is more of the same…

Our Spineless Congress

The House of Representatives stuck to their stubborn pattern of utter spinelessness last Friday by sending a ridiculously confused message to President Obama and the American people. They had two bills to vote on, one that would have authorized the military adventure in Libya (and thus approve it) and one that would have defunded that…

Michael Potemra, a deputy managing editor at the National Review, was at the Stonewall Inn in New York on Friday night as the legalization of same-sex marriage in that state was celebrated. And he writes something remarkable for the context in which he’s writing, the National Review Online: The crowd here is not that large,…