Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2004

WSJ Reporter on Iraq

I posted a bit of this email from a Wall Street Journal reporter in Baghdad in the Andrew Sullivan post below, but there’s more worth reading in it. It’s hard to pinpoint when the ‘turning point’ exactly began. Was it April when the Fallujah fell out of the grasp of the Americans? Was it when…

Andrew Sullivan on Iraq

From Andrew Sullivan, an ardent supporter of the war in Iraq, who echoes much of what I’ve been saying here lately about the situation there: The reason I believe things are dire in Iraq is pretty simple. The evidence is accumulating that the insurgency – fostered by Baathist thugs, al Qaeda murderers, and other Jihadists…

Worldnutdaily Proves Moyers’ Point

As if on cue, the Worldnutdaily has provided a perfect example of what Bill Moyers was talking about in the quote I posted yesterday about Christian evangelicals viewing our foreign policy through the prism of end times eschatology. Amazing role of U.S., Israel, Iraq in Bible prophecy screams the headline. It links, predictably, to yet…

Mea Culpa

My thanks to Timothy Sandefur, who just emailed me a link to this post by Stuart Buck about Cheney’s statement that if Kerry is elected there will be another terrorist attack. I hammered Cheney pretty hard over that, not because of the statement itself, which is fair comment (obviously both sides want to make the…

Presidential Debates

Someone suggested that I should write something about the upcoming presidential debates that draws on my background as a debate judge, coach and theorist (yes, there is actually such a thing as debate theory and I’ve actually published on it). It brought to mind 1988, when I was in college and coaching a high school…

Moyers on Free Speech and Patriotism

I just had to copy this passage as well from Moyers’ speech. The Chicago Tribune recently conducted a national poll in which about half of those surveyed said there should be been some kind of press restraint on reporting about the prison abuse scandal in Iraq; I suggest those people don’t want the facts to…

Bill Moyers on Theology and Iraq

Thanks to Brian Leiter for linking to this brilliant speech by Bill Moyers of PBS. It’s a wide ranging speech covering a lot of ground and Brian is posting excerpts from it. This passage particularly caught my eye and it may well explain a lot of the motivation for what is going on right now.…

From Debbie Daniels’ fawning religiobabble article about President Bush at intellectualconservative.com: George Bush is no ordinary man. It is because of his deep faith in God that he’s been able to withstand the vile attacks by seemingly everyone… He’s been knocked by one of the big three networks; the billion dollar bank account of George…

Falwell’s Law School

Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University is starting a law school. I’m sure it’ll be every bit as rigorous as Pat Robertson’s law school. How rigorous is that? Well, out of 184 law schools ranked, they’re 177th in the percentage of students passing the bar the first time and 178th in overall program achievement.

Isn’t the Worldnutdaily Fun?

I love this. The Worldnutdaily’s idea of “news” is an article like this one, entitled “Christian Revival in U.S. – Can It Really Happen?”, which is really just an ad pimping a book by John Chalfant that is available, naturally, from the Worldnutdaily at a tidy profit. Ironically, but predictably, Chalfant has ties to Reverend…