Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2005

And So It Begins…

The inevitable result of the Kelo decision: With Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, Freeport officials instructed attorneys to begin preparing legal documents to seize three pieces of waterfront property along the Old Brazos River from two seafood companies for construction of an $8 million private boat marina. The court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that cities…

Jon Rowe has another excellent essay on the founding fathers and religion, this one focusing on Adams and Jefferson and their shared antipathy for the biblical conception of God. As he points out, and their words make clear, both men rejected the notion of hell and thought the idea of the trinity was nothing short…

Discussing Kelo on the Radio

It appears that I will be a guest on the Jim Babka show again tonight. He has asked me to come on along with Herb Titus again, this time to discuss the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision the other day. I’ll be curious to hear what position Titus takes. On the one hand, I know that…

Bill Kristol is making the case that Justice O’Connor will step down in the next week, not Chief Justice Rehnquist, and that Bush will nominate Gonzales to replace her. That would certainly be an interesting development.

John West, associate director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for (the Renewal of) Science and Culture, the most prominent ID think tank in the world, is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore. It seems that a state legislator in Utah has submitted a bill in that state to give equal time…

Jon Rowe has an excellent post up about deism, Christianity and the founders. He and I have talked a bit about this lately and it’s something he’s been writing about a lot. In particular, about the different types of deism, the different types of Christianity, and the ways in which the views of the founders…

The notion of limited government took another enormous body blow today with the Supreme Court’s astonishingly wrongheaded decision in the Kelo case (see the text of the decision here). It was 5-4, with the 4 most conservative justices – Rehnquist, Scalia, O’Connor and Thomas – dissenting. There is grand irony here. Despite the common perception…

In their annual drive to pander to the hyper-emotional right, the House has yet again passed an amendment to ban flag burning. The award for the most shameless demagoguery so far: “Ask the men and women who stood on top of the (World) Trade Center,” said Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham, R-Calif. “Ask them and they…

Rehnquist Retirement Looks Imminent

Numerous websites are reporting that Chief Justice Rehnquist has informed the White House of his intent to retire at the end of this term. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the White House has been busy interviewing potential nominees and quotes anonymous White House sources on the short list: The White House has focused on…

Jon Rowe has an interesting post about the question of whether homosexuality has genetic origins, and whether it matters. I’ve always been of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, I think the evidence is clear that homosexuality is a genetic predisposition, like any number of other traits, most of the time. On…