Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2005

ACLU Defends Another Street Preacher

I want to call my readers’ attention to this comment left by Shawn Miller, a preacher from New Mexico who spent 109 days in jail for preaching on a street corner. The ACLU of New Mexico intervened at the request of Miller’s wife and they managed to get the preacher released from jail, where he…

Dennett on ID

Daniel Dennett, a man I consider one of the half dozen or so most brilliant thinkers on the planet, has an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times about “intelligent design” called Show Me The Science. He makes essentially the same argument I have been making on this blog for nearly 2 years now: The…

This is an interesting case. In Okemos, a town I lived in for 2 years as a child and then coached debate in for 3 years during college, there has been an ongoing battle over the Okemos Christian Center. They wanted to expand their facilities to add a 35,000 square foot school and the township…

Reply to Gibbons on Human Evolution

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was skipping William Gibbons’ claims on human evolution for the time being because I was hoping that Jim Foley would weigh in with his thoughts. He has done so now and I will post it below. Jim chose not to do a line by line response,…

Ridiculous Creationist Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by an association of Christian schools against the University of California system accusing them of discrimination because they won’t recognize the validity of some courses at Christian secondary schools that use creationist textbooks: The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit…

Thanks to Reed Again

Some of you no doubt noticed that for the last few hours, you couldn’t leave a comment or do anything here. That’s because I was trying to upgrade to Movable Type 3.2 and screwing it up royally in the process. Reed Cartwright, the computer genius who does all of the software work for the Panda’s…

Buttars Rebuffed by Utah Board

Chris Buttars, the eternally clueless Utah state Senator, certainly didn’t get the answers he wanted from the Utah state school board. Buttars has been threatening to submit a bill to mandate the teaching of “divine design” – a slightly more honest version of intelligent design – if the school board doesn’t issue a position statement…

Celebrity Schadenfreude

I have a confession to make: I enjoy watching washed up celebrities – especially ones that never exhibited much talent to justify their celebrity – fall on their faces and humiliate themselves. In the vast, insufferable universe that is reality TV, the only show I watch is the Surreal Life, which puts various desperate has…

Theodore’s Day of Mourning

Today is an important anniversary. It’s the 85th anniversary of the day the 19th amendment was ratified and became part of the Constitution, giving women the right to vote in this country. For sane people, it’s the day that the nation made good on one of its founding ideals and extended the right to participate…

Proof of Evolution

We have witnessed a speciation event right here on this blog. In the last 24 hours, this blog has gone from being a “marauding marsupial” to being a “large mammal” in the TTLB ecosystem. In this case, however, the event was in fact the result of an intelligent designer. More specifically, it was the result…