Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2005

Just how zealous is the religious right to make sure they have total control over the Republican party? Well this should answer that question. Remember their fevered efforts to have Arlen Specter drummed out of the party leadership after the election? The Christian Coalition’s 2004 scorecard for the Senate gave Specter an 83% score. If…

ACS on Court Stripping Legislation

Bert Brandenburg of Justice at Stake has a guest column on the American Constitution Society blog about the Schiavo case and recent instances of court-stripping legislation. Over the last few years, there have been many efforts to strip courts of jurisdiction in areas where they have issued rulings that are unpopular, particularly rulings unpopular with…

Man, I’ve written all these posts about the Terri Schiavo situation and I don’t get a single email telling me what a horrible person I am. Sandefur writes one freaking post on the subject and he gets a deliciously irrational message. See his response here.

Timothy Sandefur returns from his temporary exile to write a long and thoughtful post about the Schiavo situation. And congratulations to him for closing on a new home with his lovely Erin. Jason Kuznicki, meanwhile, has also written a good post on the subject. He concludes with this: For the record, my wishes for the…

Those Damn Non-Activist Judges!

Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy reports an interesting fact: every single judge appointed by either Reagan, Bush 41 or Bush 43 has voted against Terri’s parents in this case. Judge Greer, the original trial judge who controls the case, is himself a fairly conservative Christian. Do you think the folks on the other side…

The good Dr. William Hammesfahr was on Hannity and Colmes the other day, and Sean Hannity made it a point to refer to him as a “Nobel Prize nominee” about, oh, 1400 times in a single hour (a world record, I believe). A few examples: HANNITY: And we’re going to talk to a doctor who…

The Schindlers’ Quack Doctor

Another aspect of the Terri Schiavo situation that hasn’t gotten enough attention is the physician they’ve been using to claim that Terri can get better. And they’ve got themselves a real doozy, William Hammesfahr. The man’s webpage virtually drips with disingenuous self-promotion. I especially love the blaring headline: Dr. Hammesfahr has been identified as “the…

Official Report on Terri Schiavo

This is worth reading, for those who aren’t completely sick of this entire situation. It’s a PDF file of the entire report of the Guardian Ad Litem that Jeb Bush appointed to investigate the entire situation and recommend what the state should do in 2003. Amid the flurry of vicious charges that have been leveled…

Happy Birthday, Panda’s Thumb

Today is the one year anniversary of the Panda’s Thumb, the group science blog that I and a few friends started to address the evolution/creationism/intelligent design controversy. They grow up so fast, don’t they? And you really should check out Ian Musgrave’s brilliant dismantling of Michael Behe’s arguments on blood clotting and Russell Doolittle. Also,…

Another Fake Memo?

It’s looking like the memo that I mentioned the other day in this post is, like the Dan Rather memos, fake. Josh Claybourn has a roundup of links on the subject here. I don’t think it changes the truth of the claim that Republicans are exploiting the situation for political gain. Delay’s comments before the…