Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2004

More Falwell Lies

Media Matters has a report on the many lies told by Jerry Falwell in his appearance last weekend on Meet the Press. It’s just baffling to me that he continues to lie about his incredible statement on the 700 Club after 9/11, where he said, “The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this…

More Creationist Absurdity

Doug Patton, a freelance writer for mensnewsdaily.com and gopusa.com, has written a column on evolution that is so abysmal that it might well qualify him as the Idiot of the Month if I didn’t already have one. Perhaps I should wait a day and give him December’s award. I especially like this passage: I believe…

The Supreme Court today refused to hear a case asking them to overturn the Massachusetts State Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. Now one might wonder why on earth someone would try to appeal a state supreme court decision based solely on provisions in that state’s constitution to the US Supreme Court. One would be…

Poll Shows Risk of So-Con Overreach

I’ve said several times lately that the social conservatives, who are playing up the alleged “moral mandate” from the Presidential election, may well overplay their hand and end up getting smacked down by the electorate later for it. Here’s a good example of why I think that. The religious right has tried to move heaven…

The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Leiter

Maybe I just have a soft spot for cranky elitists (being one myself, of course), but I think this passage, in response to a column by George Will on the problems in academia, is really funny and brilliantly written: But let us translate: what Mr. Will really means is that universities are places where the…

The Danger of Legislative Activism

Having tired of hearing all of the mindless blathering about “judicial activism”, the right wing catchphrase that means “judges refusing to allow us to do whatever we want to other people”, I hereby propose a new phrase: legislative activism. In response to unpopular court opinions, particularly the Lawrence decision that overturned state sodomy laws and…

It’s looking more and more like the story is nonsense. According to the actual complaint filed, the principal did not ban the Declaration of Independence, but told him he could not hand out a list of excerpts and quotations that included one excerpt from the Declaration. Apparently what the teacher did was find as many…

Why Americans Doubt Evolution

Yesterday I raised the question of why such a high percentage of Americans reject evolution and accept creationism despite the evidence. Here are some other suggestions on why that is from others. Timothy Burke, in an open letter to my Panda’s Thumb colleague PZ Myers, suggests several possible explanations. PZ replies to that letter, agreeing…

Bush and Abstinence Programs

For those of us who have been wondering whether Bush is really on the so-con bandwagon or was just pretending to be in order to court their votes in the last election, here is one bit of evidence for the first conclusion: President Bush’s re-election insures that more federal money will flow to abstinence education…

Legislative Activism

founding fathers worried more about legislative activism than judicial activism