Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2004

Interesting Take on Gay Marriage

Paul Starr, editor of The American Prospect, has an interesting opinion article about the gay marriage controversy. He is asking the political (as opposed to legal) question of whether the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s ruling may have made it less likely, not more, that there will be equal rights any time soon. His answer to that…

More Legal Scholars Agree on Scope of FMA

Jacob Levy of the University of Chicago has weighed in on the question of whether the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) in the New Republic. He agrees entirely with the argument I made in my fisking of William Kristol and in my post on Bork and the bizarre framing process of the FMA. That argument is…

Response to Rusty on the 9th Amendment

Rusty Lopez has written yet another response to something I’ve written, but this time on a different subject. This time it’s in response to a post I made on gay marriage and the notion of judicial activism. In particular, he is objecting to my arguments concerning the 9th amendment and unenumerated rights. He quotes a…

250 scientists and science educators from the state of Missouri have released a joint statement pointing out the unscientific nature of “Intelligent Design”(ID) and taking a public stand against Missouri House Bill 911. This bill is the most cleverly worded and detailed ID bill yet introduced in any state. Contrast the text in the Missouri…

Fisking William Kristol on Gay Marriage

The more I read from conservatives and their arguments against gay marriage, the more I’m convinced that there simply isn’t any there there. The latest is from William Kristol, who, along with Joseph Bottum, writes this article in the upcoming issue of the Weekly Standard. The article is almost purely rhetorical, with virtually nothing of…

The Limits of Libertarianism

Tyler Cowen, of the Volokh Conspiracy, is encouraging everyone to read Will Wilkinson’s post on libertarianism and the problem of mythology. Wilkinson likewise encourages us to read the conversation in Reason magazine on the subject between Richard Epstein, Randy Barnett (one of my favorites), David Friedman and James Pinkerton. Let me add my own “ditto”…

The Popularity of Religious Nonsense

WorldNetDaily is reporting on a new poll, taken by ABC, which says that 60% of Americans believe in a literal 6-day creation and a literal global flood. This is a bit unsettling to the scientifically literate, but it should come as no big shock. The average American is likely to get their information not from…

A Brief Return to Testability

As a brief follow up on the claims made by Rusty Lopez concerning the “testable creation model” that is advocated by Hugh Ross and Fuz Rana of Reasons to Believe, I’d like to quote something on the subject of testability written by Doug Theobald, one of the folks who has contributed so much to the…

Partisan Hypocrisy Alert

President Bush has pardoned David McCall, a Plano, Texas businessman who pled guilty to bank fraud in 1996. He and 4 others pled guilty to creating a scheme to hide bad loans from bank regulators during the Savings and Loan scandals of the 80s and 90s. Prediction #1: the Republicans who howled in self-righteous anger…

Federal Marriage Amendment Snafus

The Washington Post is reporting on the framing of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which has been proposed in Congress to ban gay marriages nationwide, that it is so poorly written that even its proponents don’t know what it would prevent and what it would allow. The article begins: In the spring and summer of 2001,…