Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2005

Michigan Citizens for Science, along with similar groups in several other states, has filed a brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Cobb County disclaimer case. That brief can be found here (pdf format). On behalf of MCFS, I’d like to thank Lynn Hogue, Catherine Ross, Reed Cartwright, Sarah Pallas and everyone…

Sullivan on Torture and Abuse

My views on this issue are still in flux, so I’m just going to present a link to this article by Andrew Sullivan without much comment. He documents that the concerns about abuse and torture by our government in the war on terrorism go much deeper than a few complaints by anti-war journalists. Thousands of…

Tierney on the Schiavo Autopsy

Predictably, the Worldnutdaily has trotted out “experts” – including the uber-fraud Dr. Hammesfahr – to claim that the autopsy didn’t show that she was in PVS. I was going to fisk the articles they’ve had on it myself, but instead I asked Adam Tierney, one of my fellow In the Agora contributors, to do so.…

My Dad’s Favorite Story

While I’m reminiscing about my father, I just have to tell this story. This may be the single funniest thing my father has ever said or done, and it’s even funnier if you know him. My father has a very dry sense of humor, but he’s not a guy who tells a lot of jokes…

That’s My Father

This Saturday, we are having a multiple-family reunion of sorts at the home of my parents. We are celebrating four birthdays simultaneously – my brother Rick’s 35th, my brother Mike’s 45th, my brother Jack’s 50th, and most importantly, my father’s 70th. All of my family, my father’s family, my stepmother’s family and dozens of friends…

I reported yesterday about William Dembski, John Campbell and Stephen Meyer being withdrawn as expert witnesses by the Thomas More Law Center in the Dover lawsuit. There is now developing some contradictory explanations for that withdrawal. The York Daily Record reported that the TMLC refused to allow the three Discovery Institute (DI) fellows to have…

The ACLU is planning to appeal a Federal judge’s ruling in Nevada that upheld a Clark County school rule banning religious messages on students’ clothing: “We said from the very beginning this is a decision that would be made at the Court of Appeals,” Nevada ACLU lawyer Allen Lichtenstein said Thursday. Lichtenstein said he will…

This story has finally been made public so I can talk about it. Within the last couple weeks, three of the main experts for the defense in the Dover ID trial – William Dembski, Stephen Meyer and John Campbell – have all been withdrawn as expert witnesses in the case. The York Daily Record reports:…

This morning’s Washington Post reports that advisers close to the White House think that the short list to replace Rehnquist on the court does not include Michael McConnell: White House officials have prepared for the prospect by culling long lists of possible candidates, poring through old cases and weighing a variety of factors from judicial…

Majikthise on Schiavo

Majikthise has an excellent fisking of Joan Didion’s article in the New York Review of Books about the Schiavo case. In particular, she points out the absurdity of those who are saying that since the autopsy said there’s no evidence of bulimia or a “heart attack” in the autopsy, Michael must have done something abusive.