Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2005

The Washington Post reports that in the aftermath of yesterday’s split decision, some prominent religious right leaders are planning a massive campaign to put Ten Commandments monuments at public buildings around the country. Their reasoning is rather bizarre: Within hours of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision allowing a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the…

In his first post on the SCOTUSblog’s Ten Commandments mini-blog, Marty Lederman suggests that the Ten Commandments cases are of dubious importance and perhaps even damage the cause of separation. I think the arguments are plausible. First, quoting Ann Althouse: “I think it’s very bizarre of us to regard the Ten Commandments case as the…

Scalia’s Slippery Jurisprudence

While reading Jack Balkin’s excellent analysis of Scalia’s dissent in McCreary, I noticed something about Scalia’s reasoning that I find disturbing. Take the following passage from his dissenting opinion, for example: Today’s opinion suggests that the posting of the Ten Commandments violates the principle that the government cannot favor one religion over another. That is…

God and Mammon in Dover

I find this quite fascinating as a sideline in the story of the ID experts in Dover. William Dembski, who was an expert witness for the defense in the Dover ID trial before he was withdrawn, was a few days ago threatening to sue the Thomas More Law Center to get paid for 115 hours…

The Washington Nationals are the talk of baseball this year, having returned baseball to the nation’s capital and put aside the losing ways they had as the Montreal Expos prior to this year. They’re such a hot commodity that several groups are bidding to buy the team, including one group that includes billionaire Democratic Party…

As they did with the Raich and Kelo decisions, SCOTUSBlog has put together a group of eminent scholars to discuss today’s Ten Commandments decisions. The list includes Doug Laycock (Texas), Sanford Levinson (Texas), Marty Lederman, Rick Garnett (Notre Dame), Jack Balkin (Yale) and several others. Well worth reading for us court watchers.

After reading the majority opinion in the McCreary case, involving the posting of the Ten Commandments in a county courthouse, I am convinced that the ruling is extremely good news for those of us who are active in fighting the attempts of creationists (in whatever form) to weaken science education in public schools. But in…

Split Decision on Ten Commandments

I haven’t seen the actual rulings yet, but it appears that my prediction has come true – the Supreme Court has split on the two Ten Commandments cases, ruling against the Kentucky display in the McCreary case and upholding the Texas display in the Van Orden case. According to Lyle Denniston at the SCOTUSBlog, the…

Brilliant!

Back in my stand up comedy days I did a bit about a politically correct dry cleaners in Hollywood used by celebrities. It didn’t really clean the tuxedo, it just raised its self-esteem and put the proper colored ribbon on the lapel for the next big event. Now comes this: Bravissimo! (Hat tip to Jason…

“Short List” Analysis

Slate has published a fairly thorough analysis of all of the potential people said to be on Bush’s short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Well worth reading, but bear in mind my usual disclaimer that it is always best to look up the actual rulings for yourself rather than accepting the way others portray…