Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2004

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were last night and I got to watch the immortal Bob Seger get inducted. I generally have little use for Kid Rock, who gave the induction speech for Seger, but he was actually funny. and dead on accurate when he said that Seger had paid more…

Plant People are People Too

When we talk about evolution, we almost always talk about animals or microbes, with only a rare mention of plants. The reality, though, is that evolution is a powerful theory in explaining the natural history of flora as well as fauna. The study of plants is called botany. Last summer, the Botanical Society of America…

Watching C-Span

Is there anything scarier than watching C-Span when they have live call-in shows? There are apparently a lot of insane people sitting in their apartments with C-Span on speed dial, just praying for an opportunity to spew their personal pet peeves at the world for 30 seconds. There appears to be some sort of time…

Two New Blogs to Read

The first is Stranger Fruit, a blog by John Lynch, a professor at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. Looks like it will be a very valuable resource for information about evolution. The second is the Evolution Blog. This blog is actually older than mine, but I just found it. It’s written by Jason…

Rusty of the New Covenant Blog put up a post that included a link to this article by James Hitchcock, entitled “The Enemies of Religious Liberty”. In this article, Hitchcock argues that numerous academics, including such prominent legal scholars as Cass Sunstein and Kathleen Sullivan, are opposed to the very idea of religious liberty, a…

Scalia Refuses to Recuse

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has issued a memorandum in which he answers the request that he recuse himself from an upcoming case involving claims of executive privelege for Vice President Dick Cheney as it regards meetings he held in formulating the administration’s energy policy, because he went on a duck hunting trip with Cheney.…

Another Great Blog to Read

Via Brian Leiter, the wonderful Strange Doctrines blog by Tadlow Windsor II (read the “about me” link for an explanation). Evolution, constitutional law, culture war stuff – it’s like reading me! He also provided Brian with this quote from Bertrand Russell that is absolutely perfect: “A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says…

Leiter Gets the JoMo Challenge

Well this was predictable. Say something in defense of evolution and one thing you can count on is Batman The Lone Ranger The Cisco Kid Inspector Cluseau Joseph Mastrapaolo and his faithful assistant Tonto Cato Poncho Robin Karl Priest showing up to issue the “Life Science Challenge”. Brian Leiter is the latest. The Life Science…

Moron of the Day Award

Goes to Rhea County, Tennessee: Rhea County commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee’s criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals with crimes against nature. “We need to keep them out of here,” said Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the motion. County Attorney Gary Fritts also was asked by…

A New Blog Arrives

Please welcome Reed Cartwright’s De Rerum Natura to the blogosphere. Reed is currently finishing his PhD in genetics at the University of Georgia and is involved with the Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education. A few weeks ago I cited his analysis of the proposed Georgia science standards, which have thankfully been changed. You…