Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2005

The Washington Post’s interview with President Bush was….well, just surreal at times. Bush’s answers virtually drip with disdain. At one point he actually says that he’s having to make an effort to concentrate to answer their questions. And this exchange can only strike me as bizarre: The Post: Will you talk to Senate Democrats about…

Jefferson and Christianity

There is an interesting exchange on Jefferson and Christianity going on in the neighborhood, which I think was kicked off by Jon Rowe’s fisking of a very bad article the other day that included what appears to be a fake quote from Jefferson. Sandefur picked up on the discussion of the Jefferson quote with this…

My friend Wesley Elsberry has written an absolutely devestating critique of the ways that the Discovery Institute has engaged in deceit to spin the media coverage of intelligent design in their favor. He absolutely nails the big lie at the middle of the ID strategy, the false pretense that they are not engaged in religious…

Follow Up on Thomas and the Oath to God

Feddie has a follow up on the story I referred to yesterday, where Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker had said that Clarence Thomas had told him that judges should be evaluated on their oath to God rather than their oath to the people or the Constitution. His follow up includes the actual transcript of…

Jon Rowe has a new post hammering yet another badly reasoned article against church/state separation. The article in question is written by Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America. As is very common for such articles, it includes a number of quotes that have been falsely…

More Nonsense from Tremoglie

Liz Ditz left a link to some other articles written by Michael Tremoglie, the author of the very badly reasoned article on church and state that I fisked the other day, and I had to take a look. It looks like that article was no fluke, he really is that clueless about most things. To…

You Gotta Love New York Crime

I found this story on Pagan Prattle (thanks for the link, by the way) and didn’t know whether to laugh or express outrage. A little goth wannabe in New York was allegedly attacked by two guys from the neighborhood in Queens who thought he was a Satanist and now they are charged under New York’s…

Reed Cartwright thoroughly demolishes the DI’s spin concerning the Cobb County case in this post at the Panda’s Thumb. Timothy Sandefur continues the fisking in this post, where he points out that all the talk of “critical thinking” on the part of the ID advocates is disingenuous nonsense. Nice work as usual, gentlemen.

Did Clarence Thomas Really Say This?

New Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, like former justice Roy Moore, is a bit of a controversial figure. He is, as Feddie from Southern Appeal put it, a Roy Moore clone. After being elected to that position, he had two different non-binding ceremonial swearings-in, one by Roy Moore and one by Clarence Thomas. This…

More Moon Deceit

I found this post on Blogesque through John Gorenfeld’s site. It details how the Rev. Moon’s speeches are often sanitized when translated into English. His translators take out some of the nuttier things he says in order to make them more palatable to non-Moonies. Specifically, he provides a more accurate translation of Moon’s speech before…