Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2005

Go Spartans!

This is a banner week to be a Michigan State University alum. The men’s basketball team is in the final four. The women’s basketball team is in the final four. And, obviously with far more importance than either of those, the MSU debate team just finished in the top eight at the National Debate Tournament.…

Instapundit Hammers Republicans Too

Glenn Reynolds, the infamous Instapundit, has a Salon piece taking the Republicans to task for their ill-fated and ill-advised intervention in the Schiavo case, just as Judge Birch and many other conservatives have. Reynolds tends to the libertarian side of conservatism, being pro-gay rights and generally opposed to morals legislation. Unlike Judge Birch, he is…

A Death to Report

And no, not Terri Schiavo’s. For all practical purposes, she has been dead for 15 years. But I just received an email from a reader who works at Comedy Central that Mitch Hedberg has died of an apparent heroin overdose. I knew Mitch only vaguely, from running into him on the road a couple times,…

More on Judge Birch’s Bold Example

CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen lauds the example of Judge Birch and his brave stand for consistency yesterday. The more I think about it, the more remarkable it is. Judge Birch was essentially ending any possibility of being nominated to the Supreme Court (you don’t win nominations by accusing both the White House and the…

Judge Birch’s bold upbraiding of the President and the Congress over the unconstitutional “Terri’s Law”, which attempted to tell the courts what sort of decision rules they should apply in a case, has attracted some interesting responses. Stephen Henderson’s article on the opinion in the Knight-Ridder newspapers includes some choice quotes. First, a law prof:…

We hear constantly from conservatives about “activist judges” and how horrible they are. One of the grand ironies of the Schiavo case is hearing conservatives complaining that judges aren’t being activist enough while still simultaneously complaining about activist judges. It’s absolute proof that “activist judges” is a meaningless catchphrase that only really means “judges making…

The Right’s Love for Jesse Jackson

One of the more amusing displays in this whole circus sideshow has been watching the right suddenly embracing Jesse Jackson, a man they’ve savaged for years. NewsMax, one of the Worldnutdaily’s primary imitators, suddenly calls him “the man regarded by many as the Democratic Party’s conscience.” How did NewsMax refer to Jackson before this? Well…

This is very interesting. John Danforth, the conservative former Senator from Missouri, outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, and Episcopal minister, has written an op-ed piece in the New York Times decrying the growing influence of the religious right in the Republican party: BY a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into…

Disappointed in Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff has long been one of my favorite writers. He is a consistent civil libertarian with a love for and long history with jazz, so there is much to admire. But on the Terri Schiavo case, he has swallowed the nonsense coming from the right hook, line and sinker. In his latest column, he…

Cathy Young on Schiavo Case

Timothy Sandefur sent me a link to this essay by Cathy Young about the appalling rhetoric being thrown around in the Terri Schiavo case. She writes: No doubt, some people trying to keep Schiavo, or her body, alive are driven by sincere humanitarian passion. But, mostly, this spectacle has been a sickening display of cynicism…