Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2004

Robert Meyer Strikes Again

Some of you may remember Robert Meyer, a former Robert O’Brien Trophy winner we had some fun with a few months ago (see also here and here). He wrote an abysmal article packed full of blatant falsehoods about Stephen Jay Gould. He repeated a number of hoary old creationist chestnuts. For instance, he claimed that…

Accuracy in Media’s Inaccuracy

Accuracy in Media is Reed Irvine’s little cash cow, an organization that forever beats the media bias drum, all the while showing considerable bias itself. Well it seems that they have discovered the ID movement and their take on how the media handles it is quite amusing: But those who believe in intelligent design or…

Marci Hamilton has an excellent column reviewing the situation with Ashley McKathan, Alabama’s latest Robin to Roy Moore’s Batman. She points out something that so many on the right want to gloss over when claiming that the judge has a free speech or free exercise right to have the Ten Commandments embroidered on his sleeve:…

George Lakoff on Political Language

A lot of attention lately has been paid to Lakoff, a fairly obscure Berkeley linguistics professor, for a book he wrote suggesting that Democrats learn to use language to frame the debate as well as the Republicans have. Since I don’t have much preference for either of those parties, I’m not really interested in the…

Dorf on the Constitutionality of ID

And no, I’m not talking about Tim Conway doing a video about evolution and intelligent design. I’m talking about Michael Dorf, professor of law at Columbia, and his latest article at FindLaw. Dorf examines the question of whether teaching ID in public school science classrooms is unconstitutional and concludes that it is. It’s an uneven…

Happy Festivus to Jason

Jason Kuznicki is off to the Carolinas to spend the holidays with his in-laws and leaves us with a great post offering a history of Festivus that no true Seinfeld fan would need. But more than that, he also includes a link to this absolutely precious anti-gay rant, which has to be seen to be…

Hans Zeiger Earns Robert O’Brien Trophy

Hans Zeiger, the Hillsdale College student and budding right wing pundit, is the latest winner of the Robert O’Brien Tropy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award) for this frontal assault on the intellect published, naturally, on the Worldnutdaily. It seems Zeiger has his panties in a wad because his old high school newspaper contained…

WorldNutDaily’s Insane Overreaction

Continuing the Christian persecution theme, the Worldnutdaily is even taking President Bush to task for not being quite Christian enough in the White House. The top story on WND last night was Bush White House’s Christ-less Christmas. The top story. On a day when 22 soldiers died in a rocket attack in Mosul, this is…

Julian Sanchez has a new column that is so devestatingly on the mark concerning the myth of Christian persecution that it makes me want to create an award to balance off the Robert O’Brien Trophy. In particular, he beautifully nails this bit of pure demagoguery: Even when genuine cases of religious speech’s being squelched lead…

Dean Esmay, a blogger I respect, has a post about ID that might surprise some folks. Dean is an atheist, you see, but he doesn’t think it’s a bad idea to teach ID in schools, or at least to bring it up in biology classes and mention that there are some smart people who advocate…