Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2005

More DI Lies about “Free Speech”

The Discovery Institute clearly recognizes that its purpose is not science but public relations. It is incredibly obvious that their strategy at the moment is to sell the ridiculous spin that the Dover lawsuit will oppress scientists and forbid them from discussing or researching ID. Here’s the latest example: The ACLU is also trying to…

Oil in Israel Scam, Take 2

Bartholemew has a typically thorough article about Zion Oil and Gas and their investment scam trying to find oil in Israel. The Worldnutdaily has been pimping this company for months, including having their writer Hal Lindsey write articles encouraging people to invest in it without revealing that his family had a major financial stake in…

Amusing Objection in Dover Trial

The ACLU-PA blog records a rather amusing objection by the Thomas More Law Center attorneys yesterday. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Mrs. Eveland, was on the witness stand and was being asked about school board meetings that she attended where the ID policy was being discussed. This was the meeting at which school…

Another Myth Bites the Dust

Anyone remember the Atlanta courthouse shootings last March, when a felon named Brian Nichols shot and killed a judge, stole a car and fled the courthouse, leading to a big manhunt? If you do, I’m sure you can’t possibly forget Ashley Smith, the woman who was on every single network simultaneously telling the story of…

Report on Pennock’s Testimony

The ACLU-PA blog has a report up about the testimony this morning of my friend and fellow MCFS co-founder Rob Pennock. It included a little levity: The morning session included several light moments. Dr. Pennock testified that referring to a “designer” rather than “God” is like referring to “Ambassador Wilson’s wife” rather than “Valerie Plame…

New Comment Policy

I’m really, really, really tired of the comment spam so I’m going to try something new. I’ve changed my settings to require Typekey authentication. You can get a registered Typekey account for free by clicking here. Once you have it, you can sign in when you go to leave a comment and it will allow…

The Key to Dover

The most important issue in the Dover case is whether “intelligent design” is a genuine scientific theory or whether it is just old-fashioned creationism given a new label – old wine in new skins, to use a Biblical metaphor. Here’s powerful evidence for the plaintiffs, presented by their attorney during his opening argument and projected…

Does Religion Cause Social Problems?

One of the arguments we Americans hear constantly from the religious right is that everything went to hell when we “took God out of the schools”. In a classic case of post hoc reasoning, they will point to all of the measures of social problems that got worse after 1962 and say, “See? When you…

Dispatches from Dover

Genie Scott and Nick Matzke of the NCSE are podcasting from the Dover trial. Mp3s are available on the NCSE’s Kitzmiller website. For some reason, the downloads seem to be running at sub-dialup speeds (I’m currently getting one at 1.3k per second – ouch), but they’re still probably worth the download.

Welcome, Slate Readers

I don’t know how this happened, but I got linked by Slate magazine today regarding the Dover trial. So if you’re new here because you saw the link in Slate, stick around. I’m guessing you’ll either love me or hate me.