Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2011

Andrew Sullivan nails the anti-jihadist far right: It is precisely this blind spot by the anti-Islamist right that made me and others get off the train. They have every right to point out supine government capitulation to restrictions on free speech, and the worst forms of Islamist violence and rhetoric. I second every one of…

This report is a few months old but important to note in the wake of the Norway bombings. Americans, especially conservative Americans, tend to believe that terrorism is virtually synonymous with Islam, but only a minority of what could fairly be called terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11 have been committed by Muslims.…

Like our friend Pat, Bryan Fischer seems to be utterly oblivious to his own obvious contradictions. As Right Wing Watch points out, he recently claimed that calling people names — especially calling them Nazis — is proof that someone has lost the argument: And by the way, ladies and gentlemen, this is a clear indication…

Those Scary Muslim Words

This may be the most idiotic thing you’ll hear all week. The massive dust storms that swept through central Arizona this month have stirred up not just clouds of sand but a debate over what to call them. The blinding waves of brown particles, the most recent of which hit Phoenix on Monday, are caused…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Barry Lynn: Let’s try a thought experiment. Let’s say you had a candidate who was skeptical of some portions of the Bible. Let’s say he took the New Testament and removed the stories of Jesus’ miracles and assertions that he was divine. Let’s say this candidate once wrote a letter to a friend saying…

Creationism Beaten Back in Texas

A bit of good news out of Texas, where the State Board of Education voted to accept a list of supplemental science materials that did not accept any creationist nonsense. Today the State Board of Education voted to adopt the Texas education commissioner’s recommended list of science instructional materials. Special interest groups and activists off…

I’ve always found it interesting the people who have voices in their heads are always being told by those voices to do terrible things like kill people. Why don’t people have voices in their head telling them to volunteer at a homeless shelter or something? In that same manner, people who think they talk to…

Big Brother Comes to Massachusetts

If this doesn’t make your skin crawl… Civil libertarians are raising the alarm over the state’s plans to create a Big Brother database that could map drivers’ whereabouts with police cruiser-mounted scanners that capture thousands of license plates per hour — storing that information indefinitely where local cops, staties, feds and prosecutors could access it…

Excerpts from Breivik’s Manifesto

Reading through Anders Breivik’s manifesto is quite interesting. I thought I’d share a few passages from it for your comment. The thing that jumps out is that his rhetoric echoes perfectly the claims of the American nativist right. The third parallel is that both varieties of Marxism declare certain groups virtuous and others evil a…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Sarah Palin: “I want the mainstream media — and I’ve said this for a couple years now — I want to help them. I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied. I understand that this cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, is sound journalism. I want to help them build…