Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2005

Another Political Test

And it tells me nothing I didn’t already know: You are a Social Liberal (73% permissive) and an… Economic Conservative (60% permissive) You are best described as a: Libertarian Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating Link

Dover Case Resources

The Federal court case over teaching intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania – potentially the most important legal case in this area since 1987’s Edwards decision outlawed the teaching of creationism in public school science classrooms – begins on Monday (sidenote to Dan – no continuance as of today, so it looks like you owe me…

YOU ARE TAKER!

Damn it all, why don’t I get good hate mail like Paul Phillips does? The misspellings, the poor grammar, the obvious misreading of what Paul said….it’s priceless.

More Christian Charity at Work

Wiley Bennett, pastor of Woodland Hill Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, welcomed Katrina evacuees into his community with these words on the message sign in front of his church: “The Big Easy is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.” I’m sure Jesus would be proud. (link) To be fair, one must note that there are…

Christian Charity at Work

A Christian school in California has expelled a 14 year old student because she has two lesbian parents: Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship,” The Los…

New Bible Curriculum

A new curriculum for a public school bible course elective has been released by the Bible Literacy Project. Unlike the NCBCPS curriculum, this one was actually written by scholars. It’s endorsed by respectable and reasonable legal analysts like Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center and Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, which is…

Response to Olson on Rights and Ethics

Mark Olson has responded to my reply to his post juxtaposing a “rights” position with an “ethics” position. Unfortunately, he still misunderstands the reason why I say his dichotomy is false. He concludes: Have I answered the claim of “false dichotomy”? Clearly Rights based legal thinking exists. Clearly Ethics based legal thinking exists. Mr Brayton…

Gay-Friendly Companies

The Worldnutdaily has an article up amusingly titled America’s Pro-Homosexual Giants. No, it’s not about a bunch of huge men in leather leading a pride parade. It’s a list of all the companies who scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Of course, the WND thinks these are horrible companies out to…

ACLU Defending Religious Freedom Again

If the goal of the ACLU is to destroy Christianity and drive all religion from the public square, as so many fevered demagogues on the right would have us believe, they sure are doing a lousy job of it. They’re so incompetent at it that they keep defending the rights of individuals to express their…

Olson on Rights and Ethics

Mark Olson of Pseudo-Polymath has a post about rights and ethics in competition that I must respond to more fully than I already have in the comments on his blog. To begin with, I must take issue with his characterization of the dispute: The two extreme positions on such laws lie between the Libertarian/Rights based…