Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2005

Media Saturation and Fear of Crime

I’m not much of a Michael Moore fan, but I thought his movie Bowling for Columbine had some interesting and thought provoking segments in it. Yes, a lot of it was just pointless grandstanding, like taking the ammunition back to K-mart and his interview with Charlton Heston. But I thought the movie hit on something…

DI’s List of 400 Shrinks by 1

Richard Hoppe has already put this story on the Panda’s Thumb, but I had to write it up for here as well. The Discovery Institute loves to talk about the “growing number of scientists” who doubt “Darwinism”, and especially about their list of 400 scientists who signed on to a statement they put together. Now…

Relpy to Gibbons, Take 4

It’s round 4 with our favorite PhD in creation science apologetics, William Gibbons. You can find his reply at the bottom of this post. I’m moving this all up top so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. He begins with the issue of plagiarism. I had pointed out that his first response was almost…

And Out of This Side of His Mouth…

10 hours ago, Pat Robertson claimed that his call for assassinating Hugo Chavez was taken out of context and misinterpreted: Wait a minute, I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should, quote, “take him out,” and “take him out” can be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways…

Another Gibbons Reply

William Gibbons has written another reply, which you can see at the bottom of this post. I don’t have time to reply at the moment, but when I do I will likely move it up here to the top. The reply was actually written last night, but for some reason it was blocked by the…

Pat Robertson’s Latest Insanity

Much has been written about Pat Robertson’s latest bit of insanity, suggesting on the 700 Club that we should assassinate the president of Venezuela. The only thing I have to add is this: if this were a Muslim cleric rather than a Christian one advocating the murder of a head of state, he might well…

Larry King Live and Stupid

Barbara Forrest was on Larry King Live tonight in one of the most absurd discussions of evolution and intelligent design imaginable. For some reason, they had a huge list of guests – a young earth creationist, Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute, Barbara, two senators (one on each side) and – bizarrely – Deepok Chopra.…

Cupertino Case Post-Mortem

The San Jose Mercury News has an op-ed on the Cupertino lawsuit that says all of the same things I’ve been saying about this case: But let’s call the agreement what it was: a total victory by the district over conservative lawyers who drummed up a bogus claim of religious persecution. They had badgered and…

StopTheACLU Peddles False Quotes

Our fevered friends at StopTheACLU have issued a “Code Red Alert” because the ACLU is trying to get the courts to allow people of different religions to be able to swear on something other than the Bible when taking an oath in court (they don’t have specific links, so you’ll have to scroll about halfway…

Stupidity on Parade

I have pretty much ignored the whole Cindy Sheehan protest thing. I don’t really care whether President Bush meets with her, I don’t think the rightness or wrongness of the war rests on the fact of her personal loss (tragic as that is, obviously) and I couldn’t possibly care any less which celebrities visited today.…