Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2005

Judge Rules Against Bush in Padilla Case

In a major ruling with enormous implications, a federal judge has ruled that the government has 45 days to charge Jose Padilla with a crime, prove that he is a material witness and must be held, or release him. Padilla, a US citizen, has been held for over two and a half years in a…

In a response to my post on his ridiculous equation of private and public forums, mynym has taken his own already-established absurdity and raised it to a whole new level. In response to my statement that “The Constitution’s free speech provision applies to governments….”, he replies, “But a principle that the law is based on…

Okay, it’s official. I’m old. It doesn’t seem possible that I’m old enough to be having a 20 year class reunion. Yikes.

Ten Commandments Case on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on two cases involving the Ten Commandments being posted in government buildings and courthouses, one in Kentucky (McCreary) and one in Texas (Van Orden). Linda Greenhouse, the excellent legal reporter for the NY Times, had an article yesterday on the cases. One of the fascinating things…

Rowe and Sandefur Links

As usual, these two have challenging and interesting posts up about issues I care deeply about. Rowe has this post about the Ten Commandments case and David Barton’s dishonest arguments about their influence on our founding. And Sandefur delivers this post examining the various meanings of “liberty”. Great stuff by both of them.

Come on, tell the truth. You all missed mynym, didn’t you? Well let me show you his latest bit of stupidity, wherein he takes me to task for opposing censorship by a public university while banning him from leaving comments here. It seem that our favorite little halfwit still doesn’t recognize the difference between a…

Van Till on Witham

Howard Van Till, my colleague on the board of Michigan Citizens for Science, has written a review of By Design, by Larry Witham. The book explores the issues and personalities at the interface of science and religion through interviews with some of the key people involved, including Michael Behe, Ken Miller and Paul Davies. It’s…

At the same time that wannabe satrap Gerald Allen has been conspiring to kill free thought with his bill to ban all books and plays that mention homosexuality, the University of Alabama Faculty Senate has passed a resolution calling on restrictions on “hate speech” at that university. This is as good an opportunity as any…

Butterworth’s Response

Mark Butterworth has responded to my post on his own blog with his thoughts on what he sees as an inevitable civil war. He says: I’m trying to recall the circumstances which first prompted my musings on a future civil war. I believe that it was in watching the Democrats attack the Republicans in the…

I’ve read a flood of obituaries of Hunter S. Thompson in the last few days, most of them falling into one of two extreme categories. Depending on who you listen to, Thompson was either an unquestioned genius who changed journalism forever or, alternatively, nothing more than a drunken hack who liked to do drugs and…