Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2005

Feminism and Sports

I’ve been so busy writing about the Dover trial that I feel I may be failing at my job of irritating both sides of the living false dichotomy that is the American political system. Let’s fix that. We seem to be in an outbreak of feminist concern over sports issues. Eric Buzuvis, a law professor…

Transcripts, Get Your Transcripts Here

The ACLU-PA has made transcripts of the first 3 days of the trial available, and presumably will continue to make them available as the court does so. You can find links to them in PDF format at this page.

Hoppe Fisks Luskin on AVIDA

After Rob Pennock’s testimony the other day, Casey Luskin – who now works for the Discovery Institute – wrote an attempted critique of Pennock’s claims concerning digital evolution. Pennock is the co-author of a paper published in Nature based on research from the Digital Evolution Lab at Michigan State (Go Spartans, crush the Wolverines tomorrow),…

Panda’s Thumb Mascot in the News

The Panda’s Thumb mascot, Prof. Steve Steve, found his way into a picture in the York Daily Record yesterday, taken outside the courtroom:

Hovind and Dover

As much as the ID crowd wants to separate themselves from old-fashioned creationists, they must realize that to the rank and file there simply isn’t much distinction between the two. The folks in the pews don’t really care whether it’s traditional young earth creationism or vague “intelligent designer”, they just want anything that denies evolution…

Former School Board Members Testify

The ACLU-PA blog has a report on yesterday’s testimony from Carol Brown, a member of the Dover school board for ten years until she resigned in protest when the board voted to put ID into science classrooms. On the witness stand, she described a long process by which the board, led by William Buckingham, head…

Kuznicki on the Padilla Case

Yet another example of why Jason Kuznicki is one of the truly indispensible writers in the blogosphere. Jason blasts the indefinite detention of an American citizen without charges being filed, a flagrant violation of both the letter and the spirit of the constitution. He also shreds the excuses being made for that policy.

Alabama Does It Again

In the race for the designation of American’s dumbest state, Alabama is Carl Lewis and the other 49 might as well be Stephen Hawking. Already home to the cosmically ridiculous Judge Roy Moore and the outrageously stupid Gerald Allen (the state senator who wants to ban all books that even mention gay people), now they’ve…

Pennock, Sports and Brainiacs

Mike Argento, a columnist for the York Daily Record, the local newspaper in Dover, Pennsylvania, had some amusing thoughts on the testimony of Rob Pennock: Wednesday morning, as day three of the Dover Panda Trial meandered into discussions of stoner logic and street cred, one of the lawyers for the school district, Patrick Gillen, asked…

As a measure of the desperation felt by the Discovery Institute over the case in Dover, one could hardly find a better metric than this dishonest attack piece by John West on Barbara Forrest, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the case and the author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse. West makes it appear as…