Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2004

Does Dean Esmay Understand Evolution?

Dean Esmay never replied to my post explaining why ID should not be taught in science classrooms, but in checking back at his blog for a response I’m beginning to think that the real problem is that he just doesn’t understand evolution well at all. For instance, notice this post, where he says: Scientists thing…

Posner Blogging at Leiter’s Page

I should also note that Judge Richard Posner is guest blogging this week at Brian Leiter’s page. Judge Posner is one of the true giants of the legal field, and certainly one of the most unusual judges around. While sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, he still teaches law at the University…

My Favorite Bloggers

Jon Rowe is guest blogging at Sandefur’s place this week, which is great because I only have to go to one place to find both of their posts for a while. Already, Jon has a great post up about Harry Jaffa and his views of homosexuality, and Timothy has a follow-up to it extending one…

Gay Parents and the Religious Right

Here’s yet another example of those “family values” we’re always hearing about. In Florida in 1995, Judge Joseph Tarbuck ordered that Mary Ward’s 11 year old daughter be taken out of her mother’s custody and given to her father, based solely on the mother’s lesbianism (as is normal in such cases, there was no evidence…

Vikram Amar on the Steven Williams Case

The legal scholar weighs in on the issues in the Steven Williams case and says that the real issue is whether the school administration has the authority to put reasonable limits on what a teacher can say to their classes: But even assuming his proposed lesson plans that make reference to religion would not violate…

More on the Anti-Christmas Myth

From the Washington Post: On the Christmas fight, the American Civil Liberties Union, the group most often cited as the enemy of traditionalists, says it has not filed a single case blocking Christmas displays this year and cites half a dozen instances over the past year in which it has fought on the side of…

More Bad Arguments Against Gay Marriage

In California, the first round of what will almost certainly be a long court battle over gay marriage has just wrapped up the trial phase. After the mayor of San Francisco began performing gay marriages last year (a bad, and politically motivated, idea), opponents of gay marriage appealed immediately to the California Supreme Court. That…

Ed. note: This is a guest post on the ACLU lawsuit filed against the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania by Dan Ray. Dan is an attorney and the director of the Paralegal Studies Program at Eastern Michigan University. He studied in law school under the esteemed Jack Balkin of the Yale Law School. Looking Over…

A Secular Christmas

Jon Rowe has a wonderful post about Christmas from his secular perspective. It really is a must-read essay on the subject of how the secular and the religious co-exist and blend in American culture. As Jon puts it: Christmas perfectly exemplifies the larger phenomenon of the unique culture that is the West which has a…

More Lies at the American Daily

This pathetic webrag that publishes Robert Meyer is just full of lying idiots. Take one Charles Cole and his column on the entirely fake myth of Christian persecution and the “they’re trying to kill Christmas” meme. And look at this stunning lie: Have you noticed that this Christmas season seems to be the climax of…