Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2004

Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage?

So says the BBC: The Spanish government has approved a draft law which will legalise homosexual marriages. The bill gives same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children. The Roman Catholic Church and conservative opposition have fiercely opposed the move, which opinion polls suggest has the public’s support. If…

Jon Rowe is guesting on Sandefur’s blog this week and has this essay on the dual influence of Christian and Pagan sources in American history. I think he nails the issue almost completely. Like him, I thought the ACLU’s lawsuit threat against LA County over their seal was pretty silly. But in most cases, the…

Another Take on Responses to the Tsunami

Paul Musgrave has written a response to some of the same statements I commented on in my recent post that has gotten so much controversy. Though Musgrave is himself a Christian, he has some of the same problems with those responses that I do: One Christian website writes that the tsunami affected worst those countries…

Sandefur points to this article in Reason, responding to this article in the Washington Times about American popular culture’s dominance over the rest of the world. Sandefur is quite right to point out that Bork has far more in common with the Taliban than he or his followers would like to admit. Witness this comment:…

For those who think that my article using the tsunami (that is, using scientific explanations for the tsunami, not the fact that it killed people) to make a point is tasteless and inappropriate, let me show you what a real tasteless response to it might be. I’m sure there will be a great wailing and…

Reaction to the ID and Tsunamis Post

I have to confess to being amused to no end by the reaction to my tsunami post on ARN’s message boards. They’ve all got their panties in a bunch because of how horribly insensitive I am, though I frankly think this outrage is entirely fake. It’s just easier to focus on that rather than on…

Sandefur and Solum, et al. v. Posner

You all should definitely be keeping up with the conversation going back and forth between Richard Posner (posting on Leiter’s blog), Timothy Sandefur, Larry Solum and others. Follow the links. I like Sandefur’s phrase “mass moral relativism”, and it looks to me like Posner is getting thrashed pretty severely at this point.

Are Tsunamis Intelligently Designed?

In the wake of a deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami that has killed at least 77,000 people in southern Asia, brave scientific dissenters are standing up to the Wegenerian Orthoxody that has for so long censored and belittled anyone who dares to question the validity of Naturalistic Seismology. For decades, scientists have told us that they understood…

Two Great ID Fiskings

The Panda’s Thumb currently features two essays thoroughly fisking attempts by pro-ID pundits to defend ID. The first post, by Timothy Sandefur, deals with an article from Hugh Hewitt, the religious right talk show host (and ironically, Sandefur’s con law professor in law school). The second, by Steve Reuland, absolutely blisters a ridiculous column by…

Okay, here’s an odd story, perhaps. The Alliance Defense Fund, the same religious right legal group that is representing Steven Williams in his lawsuit against the Cupertino School District (the group that sent out the utterly dishonest “Declaration of Independence Banned from Classroom” press release), is also representing a woman who was in a lesbian…