Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2005

William Dembski has this odd habit when someone publishes a criticism of his writings. Rather than engage in substantive refutation of those criticisms, he often claims either to be the victim of some cosmic unfairness by the Darwinian Inquisition, or he claims that the person criticizing him is obsessed with him. As an example of…

Those Darned Defense Witnesses

The ACLU-PA blog has a report on yet another defense witness in the Dover case contradicting their sworn deposition under cross examination. But there’s another aspect of this that I find really interesting and that is the type of people we tend to put on school boards. The ignorance of the Dover school board is…

Both the York Daily Record and the Harrisburg Patriot-News have articles up on the growing friction between the Discovery Institute and the Thomas More Law Center. Richard Thompson of the TMLC accuses the Discovery Institute of undermining their case and says that the Dover school board is a “victim” of their compromises. I’m with Ken…

Alito is the Man

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, President Bush has nominated Samuel Alito to replace Harriet Miers and will send his name to the Senate for confirmation to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme Court. It’s an interesting pick to me, as I would have put him about 3rd or 4th on the…

Buckingham’s Second Lie Under Oath

In addition to the first documented lie by former Dover school board member William Buckingham, there was another huge contradiction between his deposition answers and his testimony during the trial. This one involves the question of where the 60 copies of the book Of Pandas and People that were donated to the school actually came…

Road Trip!

Okay, there likely won’t be anything new for a couple days. I’m heading out of town, first to Grand Rapids and then to Kalamazoo. Today I’m going to stop at the East Grand Rapids debate tournament and see some old friends there, maybe even watch a debate or two. Then I’m having dinner with one…

Buckingham Lies Under Oath in Dover

I said I was baffled by why the defense, of all people, would call former Dover school board member William Buckingham to the stand in the case, and here’s why: he was in a no-win situation. He was the one quoted multiple times about wanting to balance out evolution with creationism in Dover’s science classes,…

Two of Behe’s Reviewers Speak Out

Last week I wrote about the fact that Michael Behe claimed under oath in the Dover case that his book, Darwin’s Black Box, received even more thorough peer review than a scholarly article in a refereed journal. Now more and more facts are coming to light. We only know the names of 3 of the…

Miers Withdraws, Ed Wins, Film at 11

As I predicted last weekend, Harriet Miers has withdrawn as a nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. This paves the way for someone competent to be named to the court. But far more important than that, it wins me another dinner from my buddy Dan Ray. And that’s what really matters,…

I have no idea how they figure this out, but according to this page, here’s what this blog is worth: My blog is worth $157,506.66.How much is your blog worth? If anyone would like to offer even half of that, you’ve got a deal. On the other hand, their formula for figuring it out must…