Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2005

I can’t imagine what on earth he’s thinking, but Cale Bradford, Chief Judge of the Marion Superior Court in Indiana, has issued the most blatantly unconstitutional opinion I’ve ever heard of. In a divorce in which both of the parents are Wiccan, the judge placed a provision in the divorce decree forbidding them from exposing…

Pryor Blocks Roy Moore Again

Interesting little tidbit. William Pryor, who was a recess appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bush, has issued a ruling denying Roy Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law attempt to file an amicus brief in the Cobb County evolution disclaimer case. Pryor was the Alabama attorney general who, despite his agreement with…

The Reality of Gay Marriage

The parents of a gay man in Massachusetts have written a wonderful op-ed piece for the Boston Globe on the one year anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage in that state. Here is how it concludes: But how could we as parents not do all we could to embrace our child? How could we…

Stephen Bainbridge has an excellent post up about the filibuster and its essentially conservative nature. He rightly blasts today’s partisan right wingers – as opposed to genuine conservatives – who are seeking to get rid of it purely for short term political gain. After linking to everyone from Michelle Malkin to James Dobson freaking out…

Book Report Meme

Timothy Sandefur has tagged me to answer some questions about books. Here are my answers: 1. Total number of books I’ve owned. I have no idea. At this point, I have boxes full of books, probably numbering somewhere close to 2000. And I’ve never sold any books at garage sales or to second hand stores…

My fellow In the Agora contributor Paul Musgrave has a brilliant post on the nature of political parties as opposed to philosophies. Paul isn’t a good writer, he’s a great writer and the clear and lucid arguments in this essay demonstrate that.

Here’s the text of an email I received last night in response to my post about the Maryland governor from my personal pet troll, Robert O’Brien: Thanks for the news; it brought a smile to my face, as do all victories against the institutionalization/legitimization of deviant sexuality. Your inferior morality masquerading as evolved sensibilities was…

Maryland’s Anti-Gay Governor

Via Jason Kuznicki, a story I missed: the governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich, has vetoed a bill that would have given gay couples the legal right to be treated as a relative in medical situations. As the Washington Post reports: Modeled after laws in California, Hawaii and other states, the legislation would have granted nearly…

Rowe Fisks Feser

Jon Rowe has a fairly good fisking of a post by Ed Feser on the alleged “unnatural” nature of any sexual act that is not intended for procreation. I think he gives Feser too much credit for coherency, though. Feser’s argument is not terribly coherent. Here is Feser’s argument in a nutshell: the sexual organs…

Chalk up another prediction for Lynn. I told her the other day that I saw a smoker that I really wanted and came *this* close to buying it, but didn’t. The first thing she said was, “You’ll buy it before long.” Hey, I waited three days! This morning I got to thinking that since I…