Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2005

Saying Goodbye to Reggie Miller

Last night was a bittersweet one for me as a basketball fan. Yes, the Pistons beat Indiana to advance to the conference finals. But they did it by ending the career of one of my favorite players, Reggie Miller. Miller was the guy you loved to hate and then came to love out of sheer…

The Worldnutdaily has a headline, Judge in Terri’s Case Had Conflict of Interest, which links to this story about Federal District Court Judge Whittemore from a hilariously biased website about Terri Schiavo. The article claims that Whittemore had an “overwhelming conflict of interest in the matter that ethically prohibited him from sitting on the case.”…

How Not to Tell a Lie

This is just perfect, Bill Frist babbling on the floor of the Senate yesterday trying to explain why 5 years ago he was voting to sustain a filibuster against Richard Paez, a Clinton judicial nominee, when today he keeps claiming that it’s unprecedented, unconstitutional and obstructionist to do the very same thing: SEN. SCHUMER: Isn’t…

Jon Rowe has another excellent essay on the role of religion among the founding fathers. He draws on an op-ed piece by Mark Lilla in the NY Times on the same subject. Lilla rightly hammers the “schlock history written by religious propagandists like David Barton” while pointing to more serious scholarly efforts at defining the…

Gull Lake Update

My colleague Howard Van Till attended the school board meeting in Gull Lake on Monday. The superintendant announced there that the internal committee had completed its work and would announce a decision on whether they would allow ID to be taught by two junior high school science teachers in the district. That decision will apparently…

From a concurring opinion written by Roy Moore in a custody case in 2002. In this case, the father had been accused of abusing his children and the mother was petitioning the court for custody. The fact that the mother was now a lesbian was not at issue in the case, only the question of…

Balkin on “Bad Originalism”

Jack Balkin has a couple of fascinating essays on how easily originalism is used to justify a particular result, an argument I have long made myself. I’m not an enemy of originalism, nor am I a “living constitutionalist”, and I think that both original intent and original understanding or original meaning are important tools of…

BBQ Competitions

This past weekend was the Memphis in May BBQ Competition, one of the largest such competitions in the world. As some of you may know, I am a BBQ fanatic (and I finally just perfected my babyback ribs, by the way) and I love competitions like this, though I’ve never participated in one. And being…

Keyes’ Latest Lunacy

A reader named James Cameron emailed me a link to an interview with Alan Keyes that is pretty much par for the course for him (incidentally, I hope this isn’t the James Cameron who directed Titanic or I shall forever have to hate him for foisting that damn Celine Dion song upon the world –…

Real National Leadership

Deb Price has a great column about the clear trend of other nations allowing gay couples to get married, a trend that will surely put the lie once and for all to the absurd claim that banning gay marriage somehow “protects the sanctity of marriage.” One can only sigh when reviewing the leadership on this…