Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2005

Court Overturns State Wine Laws

This is good news. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has overturned state laws banning the shipment of wine over state lines. 24 states have laws that treat direct shipments of wine from winemakers out of state to customers in that state differently than shipments from winemakers within the state. 24 states had laws…

In response to Friday’s Federal district court ruling that struck down that state’s anti-gay marriage amendment, Jon Rowe and Kip Esquire both have written thought provoking essays. Update: Jason Kuznicki and Josh Claybourn also have interesting posts on this ruling.

Radio Report

Last night’s radio appearance with Herb Titus went pretty well, I thought. Jim Babka invited me on the show to discuss the 14th amendment and incorporation with Titus primarily because I had written critically of a brief he filed in the McCreary ten commandments case that is currently before the Supreme Court. In that case,…

Radio Reminder

Just a reminder for anyone who is interested in listening, I’ll be appearing on the Jim Babka show, Culture Repair, at 5 pm eastern time to debate the 14th amendment with Herb Titus, former dean of the Regent University Law School. To listen online, click here. High quality streaming is available with a subscription, and…

ID and Common Ancestry

One of the things I’ve been saying for a long time about “intelligent design” is how frustrating it is trying to get IDers to spell out what they think actually happened. They’ve got lots of criticisms of evolutionary theory, but no model of their own for the natural history of the earth. Some of them…

Dartmouth Rescinds Speech Code

In a major victory for free speech, and for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in particular, Dartmouth College has decided to do away with its 4 year old “hate speech code”. FIRE has been involved in negotiations with Dartmouth for many months, and it became a major issue in the trustee elections for…

Jon Rowe has an excellent post about originalism and the application of general principles in constitutional law. As he points out, one of the major problems for conservative originalists is that they often get stuck having to defend the heinous results that their version of originalism would lead to if applied consistently. This is because…

Sandefur on the Constitution

Timothy Sandefur has a follow up on my post about fulfilling the promises of the Declaration of Independence, discussing why he loves the Constitution so much. It’s a fascinating read, as usual, and I love this quote he gives from Frederick Douglass: There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the american people have…

Ganek on Gerald Allen

Mark Ganek has a very funny column about Gerald Allen and his brilliant plan to ban all the gay books from Alabama. It begins: Alabama has once again seized the educational initiative, despite being ranked 50th in the country in per pupil spending. A state representative recently introduced a bill that would have taken a…

Cupertino Lawsuit Update

As a follow up on the last story, I don’t know how I missed this when it happened: the judge in Steven Williams’ lawsuit against the Cupertino school district has dismissed 3 of the 4 complaints in the lawsuit. In a hearing at the U.S. District Court in San Jose March 30, Judge James Ware…