Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2011

America’s Christian wingnuts aren’t the only ones who think people have sex with demons and cast spells on people, it turns out. Not only does Saudi Arabia have them, they’ve got official government positions. When the severed head of a wolf wrapped in women’s lingerie turned up near the city of Tabouk in northern Saudi…

There’s a new development in the Freshwater case. The Rutherford Institute, which is now representing him (and is far more competent than the awful attorney who represented him during the administrative appeal) has gotten the Ohio Department of Education to rescind a letter of admonishment in Freshwater’s file because of a technical violation of department…

Rob Tisinai has the perfect response to those New York clerks who think they have the right to refuse to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples because they disapprove of gays: In New York, you’ve got state employees demanding you pass their personal religious test before they’ll help you. That’s not religious freedom. In fact,…

Those Poor Persecuted Christians

Bryan Fischer climbs up on the cross and nails himself to it: “Alas, the homosexual lobby is rapidly turning us into China and the former Soviet Union. Christians are now being treated officially as second-class citizens with far fewer human and civil rights than those who engage in aberrant sexual behavior.” Those poor Christians are…

Christian vs Muslim Terrorism

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, the tragic act of terrorism in Norway was evidently perpetrated by a right wing Christian who believed things that are pretty much identical to the view of racist groups like the British National Party and the American far right of Pam Geller and Frank Gaffney. Like those people,…

O’Keefe’s Latest Bit of Moronia

The bizarre world of James O’Keefe and what he thinks is clever journalism continues to get weirder and weirder. His latest video is from a Medicaid office in South Carolina, where he sends in some moron dressed in Irish garb to spin some crazy tale of wanting to get 25 IRA terrorists medical care, along…

Crazy Wingnut Screed of the Day

This is actually two of them, from John Benefiel, one of the looniest of the many preachers endorsing Rick Perry’s prayer rally in Houston next month. In the first one he says that the District of Columbia is named after the “queen of heaven” instead of Columbus. And that he has renamed if the District…

A Jewish Theocracy in New York

Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State writes about Kiryas Joel, a town in New York that is entirely made up of members of a particular ultra orthodox sect of Judaism. Kiryas Joel is an enclave of ultra-orthodox Jews who belong to the Satmar Hasidic sect. Members of this group believe…

Police Officer Endorses Camera Use

This is a few weeks old but it’s an important article by a police officer telling his fellow officers that they have nothing to fear from being recorded while on duty — if they’re not doing anything wrong. Aren’t we known for saying, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, what are you worried about?” This…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Ronald Lindsay of the Center for Inquiry, talking about Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer declaration: “Perry’s proclamation could have been as easily issued in 1011 instead of 2011. It suggests there is a god controlling our destiny who can be moved only by people begging for help and punishing themselves by going without food. At…