Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2004

Sandefur Takes Me to Task

Boy, ya know, I send all those people to read his brilliant posts on constitutional law, and this is how he repays me! He thinks my post about the Randian grandeur of sex was mean-spirited, overly simplistic and betrays an ignorance of Rand’s views on sex. To which I reply, “guilty as charged”. But Timothy,…

Joseph Farah, owner of the WorldNetDaily, has a commentary today about the Reverend Moon that is filled with hypocritical statements. He begins by telling of his experience over a decade ago, being invited to a Moon event in South Korea and sitting on the stage behind Moon as he declared himself the Messiah. Farah writes:…

Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice is asking the Supreme Court to overrule an appeals court decision in Ohio that removed postings of the Ten Commandments from 4 schools in that state. In a WorldNutDaily article about the appeal, the following quote appears: “It is an undisputable fact that the Ten Commandments played…

I know, I know, you probably think that he’s either paying me to link to him or I’m some sort of groupie, but the truth is I just think he tends to express the opinions we share on this subject better than I do, so why reinvent the wheel? And if he keeps writing great…

The Randian Majesty of Sex?

There’s something just plain weird about this commentary by Ilana Mercer in the WorldNutDaily. She is discussing a couple of books, one entitled Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation by Chris Matthew Sciabarra, and one entitled The Hijacking of a Philosophy: Homosexuals vs. Ayn Rand’s Objectivism by Reginald Firehammer (theres a porn star name if…

John Scalzi on Punctuation

John Scalzi has an interesting post this morning (well, interesting if you’re a writer anyway) about the use of punctuation, prompted by a little battle he is having with the copy editor for his new book. It’s interesting to me, at least, because I just had a similar conversation with Lynn last night in the…

Sandefur on Mencken

In the latest entry of his ongoing Libertarian Bookworm series, Timothy Sandefur writes about H.L. Mencken, in my opinion the finest essayist in American history and probably my single favorite writer, period. He mentions a new biography of Mencken written by Terry Teachout, which I had not heard about and would like to read. Teachout…

In his continuing exchange with Clayton Cramer, Jon Rowe has written a very interesting post on the timeless and universal nature of the principles found in the Declaration of Independence. As usual, I find myself in almost complete agreement with his views, though I’m probably more apt to oppose what he calls “public proclamations of…

Clayton Cramer says the concept of separation of church and state should be “given a proper (and secular) burial”. Jon Rowe has already said much of what I would say in response to it, so I’m only going to comment on one aspect of Cramer’s post. I have to give Cramer credit for at least…

Sandefur on Judicial Activism

If you have any interest at all in constitutional law, I strongly recommend that you read Timothy Sandefur’s post on demagoguery and the claim that “unelected judges” are “usurping the will of the people”. It’s one of those essays you read and think, “Damn, I wish I’d written that. He says exactly what I wanted…