Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2004

My news aggregator sometimes comes up with fascinating links. This morning one popped up that just left me shaking my head. Someone named Stephen Erwin on GOPUSA, a conservative political website, wrote what has to be one of the most ridiculous arguments on separation of church and state I’ve ever read. He begins: With the…

Sandefur Joins the 9th Amendment Battle

Tim Sandefur has responded to my brief mention of his blog earlier. He thanks me for the mention, and I likewise thank him for his. I think he may have misunderstood something I said though. He quoted my statement in response to Rusty that if the government could show a legitimate state interest for banning…

The End of Irreducible Complexity?

One of the principle arguments made by Intelligent Design Creationists (IDCs) is often referred to as “irreducible complexity” (IC), coined by Michael Behe of Lehigh University and the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. The argument is essentially that at the molecular level there are systems with multiple components that must all be present…

The 9th Amendment Battle is Joined

Bill Wallo of Walloworld has joined my ongoing conversation with Rusty (see posts here and here) about the 9th amendment. Mr. Wallo is an attorney and a writer. Welcome to the fray, Bill. He begins: From the tenor of the discussion, Ed reminds me of me – way back in undergraduate school, after I’d taken…

Trivial Pursuit has a brilliant post on tyranny of the majority and the preference for judicial restraint the excesses of democracy. I agree with him almost entirely and can hardly think of a thing to add to what he said: I’m far more comfortable relying on courts than legislatures, especially given that the entire and…

Evangelicals Mad at Bush?

The Washington Times is reporting that conservative evangelical Christians are upset at President Bush for a wide variety of supposed offenses. Such religious right luminaries as Gary Bauer and Donald Wildmon are sending up warning signals that evangelicals may just decide to stay home on election day because Bush hasn’t inspired their faith in him.…

Conservative Judicial Theory in Practice

I had to chuckle as I read Tim Sandefur’s take on how conservatives view the judiciary: Joe: I would like to do X, which is something that doesnít harm anyone else. Richard: Yeah, but I donít like you doing X. It just bothers me. Therefore Iím going to force you to stop. Judge Bill: Um,…

Scalia and Originalism

Jack Balkin of the Yale Law School keeps a terrific blog that I link to and read often. On his blog today, he includes a reposting of a message he sent to a constitutional law listserv concerning Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his concept of originalism. The listserv thread concerned an article that was…

Stephen Meyer and John Angus Campbell of the Discovery Institute had an op-ed piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday concerning the recent flap over evolution in the science curriculum in Georgia. In a way, you have to admire how skillfully the Intelligent Design (ID) movement has mounted the ongoing public relations campaign, with a…

Rusty at New Covenant has posted a reply to me concerning the 9th amendment. He begins with this statement: I think part of Ed’s issue is that he really doesn’t understand what I’m saying, or that I’m not communicating it clearly enough… or a little of both. He seems to think that I’m advocating that…