Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2004

Oh My God, the ACLU are Terrorists!

In today’s Carnival of the Vanities is a link to an article on this blog about a strange church/state ruling. The facts of the case are that the Byron, California school district has a very controversial 3 week unit in their World History class for middle school students in which, in order to teach them…

The JoMo Creationist Challenge, Take 2

In a posting last week, I discussed a challenge that has been made by Joseph Mastrapaolo to pretty much everyone he can find who defends evolution. After sending out this challenge and getting no response from scientists who have better things to do with their time than play JoMo’s absurd little game, the True.Origins archive…

Intelligent Design as Roman Mythology

It is appropriate that in the month of January, I have made so many entries about the Intelligent Design movement. January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates, often depicted as having two faces. The more I study the ID movement, the more convinced I am that Janus is the perfect symbol for…

Intelligent Design Creationists are actively working in several states and at the federal level to get their ideas into public school science classrooms. In their famous Wedge Document, the Discovery Institute’s strategic blueprint for overthrowing materialistic science, Phase 1 was supposed to be “Scientific Research, Writing and Publication.” Indeed, they say that without this, everything…

Creationist Challenges, take 1

The True.Origins website – a ripoff of the Talk.Origins Archive that I’m involved with – has posted an article about “debate dodgers”. This is something that is quite common in creationist circles – make a ridiculous “challenge” to their opponents and then crow about how cowardly those heathen infidel evilutionists are not to take them…

Intelligent design advocates have been furiously busy trying to find a way to sneak their views into science classrooms around the country. In Kansas, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and several other states, they have tried a variety of tactics to get in to the curriculum. But if this is any indication of what they…

The first link on my list of other blogs is Jason Van Steenwyk’s Iraqnow blog. Jason is an Army officer serving in Iraq around Ramadi. Unlike most of the military bloggers, Jason is an excellent writer with a degree in literature and an engaging mind. His blog is enormously valuable because it gives us a…

Defending Christian Terrorism

Ignored in the justifiable attention being paid to foreign Muslim terrorists after 9/11, domestic Christian terrorists have taken a backseat in terms of media coverage. How many people know that in 2001, 3 of the 10 names on the FBI Most Wanted List were anti-abortion zealots? Not many, I imagine. Clayton Waagner was one of…

In the midst of a flap over Howard Dean’s sudden conversion to the summonings of the spirit, Sandra Jacoby has an op-ed piece in the Times that includes something I’ve long said about the secular nature of the Constitution. She writes, The 18th-century public’s understanding of the Constitution as a secular document can perhaps best…

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Hewlett-Packard’s right to fire an employee who insisted on posting anti-gay bible verses on his office cubicle in response to the company having posters encouraging respect for diversity in the office building he worked in. The diversity campaign, as the Chronicle reports, was the sort of empty…