Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2005

Blogging the Dover Trial

Here’s another excellent resource for timely updates on the Dover trial. The ACLU of Pennsylvania has set up a blog with frequent updates on what is going on in the courtroom. Jonathan Witt of the Discovery Institute is also blogging live from the trial on the DI blog. His post on Ken Miller’s testimony yesterday…

Beckwith v Laycock

Over at the Legal Affairs debate club, this week’s debate is over the question, Is Teaching Intelligent Design Illegal? The debate pits Frank Beckwith, DI Fellow and the associate director of the Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies at Baylor, against Doug Laycock, a church-state specialist at the University of Texas Law School. Having had friendly…

Dover Trial Begins

The Dover trial has begun. After opening statements, the first witness was Ken Miller, a Brown university molecular biologist. Rob Pennock, president of Michigan Citizens for Science and author/editor of several books on Intelligent Design Creationism, is scheduled to testify on Wednesday. The media coverage is pretty high for this trial. I just finished an…

Chuck Norris Spinkicks Charles Darwin

Okay, I finally got to watch the NCBCPS press conference on their bible curriculum and it’s even funnier than I imagined. You can download or stream the video by clicking here, but the video is very long, about 125 meg. I actually downloaded it. If you have broadband and a half hour to kill, I…

Jon Rowe has an excellent post at Positive Liberty looking at the views of Jack Balkin and Akhil Amar, one a “living constitutionalist” and the other a “liberal originalist”. He makes the important point that rejecting the Bork/Scalia version of originalism does not necessarily make one an advocate of “living constitutionalism”. Liberal originalism (liberal in…

Third Response to Olson on Rights

Mark Olson has written a third response in our exchange over the issue of the limits of individual rights. I think this response makes significant progress in defining where exactly we disagree. He has better defined his position and it’s true that he is not taking the extreme anti-rights position that the government should pass…

Heisman for MSU?

Got to watch the MSU-Illinois game on TV and I think it’s time to start talking about MSU QB Drew Stanton as a serious candidate for the Heisman Trophy. His numbers this year have been phenomenal as he’s led the Spartans to a 4-0 start. In those 4 games, here are his numbers: Kent State:…

DI Lying About Dover

The Discovery Institute really is frantic about the Dover case and it’s making them tell some real whoppers. The latest one is from DI director John West: Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute, which sponsors research on intelligent design, said the case displayed the ACLU’s “Orwellian” effort to stifle scientific discourse and objected to…

For the last couple weeks I’ve been dying to get my hands on a transcript of the NCBCPS press conference where they responded to the Texas Freedom Network’s criticism of their bible curriculum, mostly because I wanted to see what sort of stupid things Chuck Norris might have said. Last night I got an email…

PZ Eviscerates a Moron

If PZ Myers gave out a version of the Robert O’Brien Trophy, he would no doubt award it to Timothy Birdnow, the author of a delightfully idiotic anti-evolution screed in, of all places, a webmag called The American Thinker. PZ shredded the poor sap in a post, prompting the guy to start a separate weblog…