Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2005

Self-Righteous in New Castle, PA

From a recent Dear Abby column that I happened to come across in a small town newspaper with, quite literally, nothing else to read: I live in a family-oriented neighborhood. My problem is my next-door neighbor flies his gay pride flag in his front yard. Because we have a lot of families with young children…

Easy Fisking

I came across this ridiculous article on evolution and intelligent design on Alan Keyes’ Renew America website and I was gonna give it the fisking it so deserves. Then I saw that PZ had already done it for me. My favorite part was where the author claimed that scientists were “hiding” the “fact” that “all…

The teacher who sued the Cupertino school district, falsely claiming that his rights were violated, has resigned and is moving to Oregon. This just days after he withdrew his lawsuit.

Magical Night

As I mentioned yesterday, I got to see Vinx perform last night at an outdoor jazz festival. As always, it was a show that leaves you exhilirated. Vinx is one of those rarest of musicians whose work is completely unique. No one else sounds like him and his music is really impossible to describe or…

Ed is in Hog Heaven

I’m off for the rest of the day. I have business to take care of in the afternoon, then I’m off to Lake Idlewild for a jazz festival. An old acquaintance of mine, Vinx, is performing there tonight. He’s an absolutely incredible musician and singer. The jazz festival is on an island out in the…

Pat Robertson Strikes Again

From Tuesday’s 700 Club: I had interviewed a lady who was a sociologist who says “I am a lesbian,” but she described homosexuality in this term, she said, “They are self-absorbed narcissists.” I want you to put that down — self-absorbed narcissists who are willing to destroy any institution so long as they can have…

I reported a few months ago about Judge Cale Bradford, of the Marion Superior Court in Indiana, placing a restriction in a divorce decree that said that neither parent could expose a child to their Wiccan beliefs. Both parents were Wiccan, but they send their son to a private Catholic school. The judge decided that…

Answering a Creationist Comment

A commenter named Wagner posted a reply to my comments on an older thread at In the Agora, which I just noticed. The reply deals with evolution and creationism and I didn’t want it to get lost, so I’m moving it up here and responding. I also think it’s a good idea to give this…

The Stunning Arrogance of Power

Via Sandefur, I found this absolutely incredible display of chutzpah on the part of the city government that won in the Kelo case. Would you believe they are charging those who fought their takover rent for staying in their own homes while they fought in court to prevent the city from taking them? Those who…

Worldnutdaily and “Real History”

In their usual breathless marketing style, the Worldnutdaily is offering a new version of Bishop James Ussher’s classic Annals of the World. The front page of WND declares: Real history, untampered with by ‘them’ And yes, the emphasis and the scare quotes are in the original. They further declare: Considered not only a literary classic,…