Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2004

Steve Sanders has an interesting post about a recent poll on many of the items on the social conservative agenda. I won’t go through all of the numbers he lists, but I agree firmly with his conclusion as it pertains to the election results and the so-cons misreading of them: The Republican base was energized…

Scalia and Legislative History

In perusing Heidi Bond’s reports on the speech and Q & A session that Scalia held last week at the University of Michigan, one thing jumped out at me. I’ll post this just as she wrote it, but keep in mind that these are live blogged notes, not a written out report or a transcript:…

Teaching School Administrators the Law

You know the religious right is going to go ballistic about this. In Cupertino, California, the principal has apparently barred a teacher from handing out a copy of the Declaration of Independence to his students. Now, I suspect that this teacher is one of those pious crusaders who wants to play up the “Christian nation”…

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Not only is today Thanksgiving, it’s also the one year anniversary of this blog, which gives me something extra to be thankful for. In the last year, I’ve made some new friends because of this page and my life has been enriched in many ways. So to Dan, Timothy, Jon, Jason and…

I highly recommend Julian Sanchez’ essay about the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that was just passed by Congress, a $388 billion spending bill packed full of pork spending and worse. The bill is 3200 pages long and not a single person who voted for it likely knows what is in even half of those pages. Buried…

The Burgeoning Offense-Taking Industry

Tom Cavanaugh has a wonderful article at Reason Online about the ever-growing cabal of organizations that exist solely to take offense at how their group is portrayed. What sparked this? How about a proposed law in Hungary outlawing blonde jokes. No, that’s not a joke.

You Want Disclaimers? We Got Disclaimers

Hat tip to Timothy Sandefur for this link to all the other disclaimers we could put in school textbooks. Brilliant. And here is Dan Ray’s suggestion for a disclaimer to the gravity disclaimer: If you intend to experiment with your childrens’ lives using the theory of gravity as you are willing to do with their…

Idiot of the Month: Joseph Farah

Not content with his rank hypocrisy in condemning Rev. Moon while simultaneously accepting awards from him and making money off his business associations with him, Joseph Farah has now added utter idiocy to the list of reasons to regard him as little more than a carnival barker on the political midway. Just look at this…

The long-awaited decision of the Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania regarding evolution and intelligent design has finally been released to the public (press release found here). It’s a policy that virtually guarantees legal action that the school district will lose. Let’s take a look at the statement. After noting that their biology classes will…

Know Your Creationists, Part 2

DarkSyde has the second installment of the Know Your Intelligent Design Creationists series up at Unscrewing the Inscrutable. This one focuses on a couple of young earthers, Carl Baugh and my old pal Kent Hovind. While anyone with an IQ over room temperature, including most of their fellow creationists, looks at them as little more…