Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2005

Dembski Gets a Parody Blog

William Dembski has gotten the honor of an official parody blog, Uncommon Dissent. The author, using the nom de plume of TH Huxley (I would have chosen Asa Gray myself), does a post-by-post mockery of Dembski’s blog. It’s not terribly good, but I’ll say this – he’s a hell of a lot brighter than Robert…

A major development in the Dover trial yesterday. The Discovery Institute had submitted a brief in the case last week and Judge Jones issued an order denying that brief’s use in the case. Our attorneys had filed a motion to strike that brief from the proceedings on the grounds that it was an attempt to…

Balkin on Miers

Jack Balkin has a long and thorough essay on how Democrats should respond to the Miers nomination and he says much the same thing I’ve been saying. As he notes, the Democrats are currently in popcorn mode – sitting back, munching their popcorn and enjoying watching the Republicans yell at each other and call each…

Balko on Miers

Radley Balko is his usual ascerbic self after noting Arlen Specter’s statement that Harriet Miers’ nomination was still moving ahead okay but “she might need a crash course in constitutional law”: I picture Harriet Miers burning the midnight oil at the library with her Emmanuel Con Law outline all dog-eared up, a cup of Water…

Was the Lawrence Arrest Contrived?

The Worldnutdaily is making a huge deal today about a new book alleging that the Lawrence decision – the Supreme Court ruling that declared state sodomy laws unconstitutional – was based upon a setup, an intentional arrest for the purpose of challenging a law in court. And naturally, they’re trying to profit by selling that…

War in the Pro-ID Camp

I’ve said many times that there are clearly problems between the Discovery Institute, the primary thinktank of the ID movement, and the Thomas More Law Center, the legal group defending the school board in Dover (and involved in the Gull Lake situation here in Michigan as well). Three DI fellows pulled out as expert witnesses…

During his testimony, Michael Behe continually brought up the big bang as being comparable to intelligent design. His intent was to show that some people objected to the big bang because it had religious implications as well, but that didn’t mean that the big bang theory wasn’t a genuine scientific theory. And that’s true, as…

Top Movies Quotes of All Time

Last night I saw a show that presented the top 100 movie quotes of all time, as voted on by members of the American Film Institute. Some of them were quite memorable, of course, but I thought it was a bit too skewed toward older films. In some cases, that’s deserved of course. The fact…

In his testimony, Behe repeated over and over again that the evidence for ID is the “purposeful arrangement of parts.” Early in his direct testimony, he made it clear that this was going to be the recurring theme in his testimony. He said that he disagree with the definition of intelligent design given in Of…

TMLC Prepares for Dover Trial

I got this amusing email last night from someone named John Schroeder, suggesting that the TMLC attorneys in the Dover case are getting a bit desperate. The email says: Testimony in the trial should get really interesting by the middle of next week. At the request of Ms Sherry Doran of the Thomas More Law…