Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2005

Sore Winners

At a time when they should be celebrating a victory in court, as I am as well, the Christian group that had all charges against them dropped in court is now griping about wording in the judge’s decision. And naturally, the Worldnutdaily is leading the way: While applauding Judge Pamela Dembe’s dismissal of all criminal…

Eric Muller has a really interesting article on his blog about Thomas Woods’ new book Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and his many other writings. This book is getting an enormous amount of attention in the media, especially on the right, with Woods making appearances on Hannity and Colmes, Scarborough and the like, and…

Lawrence Summers has finally provided a full transcript of the remarks he made that caused so much controversy, not to mention physical illness, at Harvard last month. I haven’t had time to read them over entirely yet, but at least now people have the full remarks to respond to.

Common Ground with the Religious Right

On rare occasions, we are on the same side. I am happy to announce that a judge in Philadelphia has dismissed the charges against a group of Christians who were arrested after preaching on the sidewalks during a gay pride event there last fall. The charges were clearly a violation of the first amendment and…

Kuznicki’s Inner Ethical Council

Jason Kuznicki reports on a recent meeting of the Inner Ethical Council in this absolutely brilliant bit of writing at Positive Liberty. I only find it mildly disconcerting that despite the fact that I have long claimed the mantle of cynic, I found myself agreeing mostly with the Epicurean avatar in his imagination. Does that…

Hurd on Scott Foust

Gary Hurd, an archaeologist and former Curator of Anthropology at the Orange County Museum of Natural History, has posted at the Panda’s Thumb a more thorough fisking of Scott Foust’s lunacy than the one I did. Nice work, Gary.

Several commenters here have said that in examining the practical effects of abstinence-only sex ed, I am missing the point that the religious right isn’t really interested in decreasing teen pregnancy or STDs. Wesley Elsberry sent me this perfect example of that from the ARN message boards. When asked by another person whether he prefers…

Our new troll, mynym, has been a busy little beaver, leaving no fewer than 16 comments in under 2 hours. Looks like he is trying really hard to make his prediction of getting banned a self-fulfilling prophecy by being a major league pain in the ass. His M.O. isn’t hard to discern; it appears to…

Rosenhouse on Dean on Lynn on ID

No, that’s not a pyramid setup of the sort done at cheerleading camps or Iraqi prisons. One of the good things about blogs is the ability for response and counter response. In this case, Barry Lynn wrote an op-ed piece about ID; Darrick Dean wrote a critique of Lynn’s article; and Jason Rosenhouse wrote a…

Response to Bobby Maddex’s Whining

Bobby Maddex, senior editor of Crux magazine, has posted a response to my article (posted here and at Panda’s Thumb) pointing out several false claims in a couple of blog entries associated with Crux, one by him and one by John Coleman. John Coleman responded both rationally and graciously in a comment on the post…