James Dobson spent last week hyping the event and lying about the facts on the ground. Most eggregiously, Media Matters reports that Dobson claimed that the radical 10 received the highest possible rating from the ABA. In truth,only 3 of the 10 received the highest rating. Tony Perkins spent the week leading up to the event claiming that Democrats opposed judges who believed strongly in God. As we noted previously, this calls into question the 205+ Bush nominees already approved. CNN sucks all the juice out the story with their report.
As I read the right's attempt to demonize the courts, I come to believe that the courts are the only obstacle left from the complete dismantling of the radical right. According to its tract, every bad decision in, the history of the court has been "judicial activism" -- Plessy, Dred Scott, Lochner. Every reversal of these decisions, then, is upholding the law or returning to the Constitution.
The courts have hidden from view the extremism of the religious right. Whether abortion or sodomy should be legal are questions which would deeply divide the electorate. But the right isn't content with those issues: the right would like to criminalize contraception and all forms of intercourse outside of marriage. Let's put that nonsense up for a vote. It's easy to take the "no new taxes" pledge, but how many Republican candidates would be willing to take the "no sex before marriage" pledge?
But a group of Christian students also made their own T-shirts with the help of several churches in the community. The T-shirt reads on the front, "Crimes Committed Against God," and on the back referenced the Ten Commandments.
NBC 5's Kim Vatis reported that both groups of students wore their T-shirts to class Tuesday, including some students who wore homemade shirts that read "It's Not OK To Be Gay."
The president of the creationist Christian apologetics ministry called Answers in Genesis (AiG) says evolutionists are trying to spin the latest archaeological discovery to line up with their erroneous theories of the Earth's history.
Recently, scientists in Montana announced they had found soft, flexible tissues inside the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Forced to break up what they believe is a thigh bone of the T. rex in order to fit it onto a helicopter for transport, the scientists were reportedly surprised to discover soft tissue and complete blood cells inside the bone. Evolutionists estimate the fossil at from 70 to more than 80 million years old.
However, AIG president Ken Ham says the latest discovery poses a major problem for proponents of the theory of evolution. "What they don't like" he asserts, "is the fact that creationists like Answers in Genesis have invaded their temples, so to speak -- gone into their 'Holy of holies,' if I can say it like that -- and we've captured dinosaurs and taken them back and given them their rightful place in history alongside of man, as the Bible would tell us." ...
To the AiG president these facts beg the question. "Why is it so ridiculous to believe that people and dinosaurs lived at the same time, when people and crocodiles live at the same time?" he asks. "And crocodiles, according to evolutionists, date back a long time before the dinosaurs and lived with the dinosaurs," he adds.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, the Alliance Defense Fund is appealing a decision which barred the Cobb County Board of Education from placing disclaimers on school textbooks that stated "Evolution is a theory, not a fact". If the Cobb County Board of Education is really concerned about science education, why is evolution the only theory that warrants special attention?
Dr. Earl Tilford, a military historian who teaches at Grove City College, is the author of three books on air power in Vietnam, and one of the authors of the 14-volume official history of the Vietnam War. He says myths abound today on American campuses concerning that conflict, which was fought on the ground in Vietnam and bordering areas of Laos and Cambodia between 1957 and 1975.
Probably the most common myth circulating about the Vietnam War, Tilford notes, would be "that it was an illegal or an immoral war." He contends it was neither. "It was maybe ill advised," he says, "but it was neither illegal nor immoral." However, that is only one of the many myths the historian finds prevalent in U.S. institutions.