Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2005

Sandefur Reviews Barnett

Timothy Sandefur has published a review of Randy Barnett’s book Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty. The review is called The Normality of Freedom, and that is a good title. While he has some criticisms of what the book lacks, I think he captures the essence of the importance of Barnett’s views here:…

It’s nice to see some of the more decent and consistent conservatives going after Tom DeLay, James Dobson and the rest of the folks going after judges with a meat cleaver. The latest to do so are Ted Olson and Charles Krauthammer. Olson represented President Bush before the Supreme Court in the election case in…

Gull Lake’s Internal Committee

The attorneys on both sides of the Gull Lake issue seem to be playing hard and fast with the facts on the “internal committee” that was formed to decide whether to allow the teachers to teach creationism in science classes. When we first became involved in the situation, the school board treated it like a…

If the Gull Lake teachers do file a lawsuit claiming that it is a violation of their rights if they are not allowed to teach creationist or other anti-evolution material in their science classes, there are three primary legal precedents for such a suit. All of them have found against the teacher’s assertion of a…

Home Again, Home Again

I have returned from a day and a half away, involving a freak late-April snowstorm and a huge pileup on the highway (I was not involved in it except that it backed up traffic for what seemed like about 20 miles) and some fun as well. I return to find that, irony of ironies, I…

From Kathy Martin, Kansas State Board of Education who is pushing for inclusion of Intelligent Design in the state’s science curriculum, making the folks at the Discovery Institute tear their hair out while she lays the smack down on their attempts to pretend that ID is just about science, not about religion: Some scientists claim…

Comedy as Political Truth

“You’re born absolutely free except laws of nature. If you drink too much you’ll get drunk, that’s a law. If you get old you die, that’s a law…these are the only laws you’re born with and any government just fucks you out of that type of freedom…You’re not free. You need a diploma in this…

Radio Appearance Resurrection

I got some good news yesterday. My old friend Troy Britain, who I’ve known since the old days of the Compuserve religion forum (back when it had to be accessed with proprietary software dialing in to their system rather than through the internet, which I did on a 286 with 1 meg of ram!), informed…

Michigan’s Impending ID Lawsuit

The Thomas More Law Center, the same legal group defending the school board in Dover, PA, is threatening to file a lawsuit against the Gull Lake Public Schools for telling two junior high science teachers that they could no longer teach creationism in their classrooms. Michigan Citizens for Science, an organization whose board I sit…

Victory in Connecticut

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill allowing civil unions for gay couples on an 85-63 vote and Governor Rell signed the bill less than an hour after it was passed. The final version contains language that says that “marriage” is still defined as the union of a man and a woman, but the…