Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2005

One of the longtime Dispatches readers, Dave Snyder, sent me an email yesterday telling me that there was a panel discussion on evolution and ID in public schools at Central Michigan University, where he teaches. I decided to attend the discussion to do a little recruiting for Michigan Citizens for Science. We don’t have many…

God’s Will and Terri Shiavo

As cynical as I am about politics, and as convinced as I am that nearly all politicians think the world revolves around them, I’m still just astonished at the sheer chutzpah of what Rep. Tom Delay, the Republican leader, said to a prominent religious right group on Friday: On Friday, as the leaders of both…

Jason Kuznicki has written what he terms a respectful disagreement with my post yesterday advocating that we change the IRS rules to allow churches to endorse candidates without losing their tax exemption. All disagreements between the two of us, rare as they may be, will of course be respectful on both parts. Jason is a…

Alert the Media

This is probably going to come as a shock to my regular readers, but I’m going to agree with Pat Buchanan and the Worldnutdaily. In Pat’s most recent column, he endorses a bill in front of Congress called the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act of 2005. The bill would change the Internal Revenue…

Democracy and Liberty

Sheldon Richman of the Future of Freedom foundation has an excellent article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the distinction between democracy and liberty, a point I make regularly and loudly on this blog. Richman writes: But it would be a mistake to equate democratic procedures with freedom, which the Bush administration and many others are…

My Thoughts on Terry Schiavo

I’ve not said a word about the Terry Schiavo situation. Frankly, I’m sick to death of hearing about it. And after reading Radley Balko’s take on it, I don’t really have much to say. Balko nailed the situation completely, as far as I’m concerned. He makes several points, all of which I agree with entirely.…

How Would Jesus Smell?

A public elementary school teacher in North Carolina has triggered a lawsuit from parents who are, quite rightly, opposed to the Christian proselytizing she did in her classroom. And the lesson she was teaching is so ridiculous, you couldn’t possibly make it up: Scents Make Sense “God’s word tells us about a kind of odor…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2005

Last night was the airing of the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I gave my thoughts on last year’s ceremony and here are my thoughts on this year’s festivities. Last night’s show was interesting in that, for the first time since perhaps Aerosmith in 2001, the hall inducted a band that…

Learning Something New Every Day

Have you ever had an issue that you thought you understood perfectly well, only to find out that what you thought you knew about it was totally wrong? It happened to me today regarding a Supreme Court case called Lamb’s Chapel v Center Moriches School District. For several years I’ve thought that this case involved…

Roy Moore’s Monument in Michigan

The ten commandments monument that Roy Moore famously refused to remove from the Alabama Supreme Court building continues its world tour, stopping this week in my home state. Like all good tours, the monument has an opening act, but the act changes at every stop as state and local politicians take their turn primping and…