Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2005

Homeowners Association Backs Down

I just got an email from the Thomas More Law Center. Apparently the family in Novi that was being told to take down their nativity scene contacted them and they threatened the HOA with a lawsuit. The HOA backed down and told them they don’t have to take it down. Doesn’t much matter to me…

Liz Ditz on UC Lawsuit

For those looking for more information on the lawsuit between the Association of Christian Schools International and the UC system over approval of their courses, Liz Ditz wrote a pretty thorough review of the situation back in August.

Bible Curriculum Battle

There are now two competing curricula available for teaching about the bible in a public school elective course, the NCBCPS curriculum and the Bible Literacy Project. The former, you will recall, was thoroughly trashed by SMU religious studies professor Mark Chancey, whereupon the NCBCPS and their followers called him all sorts of names and then…

Dembski’s Designed Duplicity

On his blog, William Dembski is trying once again to argue that the intelligent designer need not be God: Everyone knows he doesn’t mean it, of course, but this is the pretense that they must maintain for purposes of their legal strategy. Unfortunately, their own words keep tripping them up in the attempt. He writes:…

Swedish Minister Wins Free Speech Case

In a victory for free speech, a Swedish minister who was charged and convicted under that nation’s “hate speech” laws has had that conviction overturned by the Supreme Court of Sweden in a unanimous ruling. The Ake Green case is similar in some ways to the Stephen Boissoin case in Canada, but in Green’s case…

Battle Over Private Nativity Scene

In Novi, Michigan, there’s a big battle kicking up over a family’s nativity scene in their front yard. The problem is that they live in a neighborhood with a neighborhood association that has rules against such displays: The Samonas’ neighborhood association has ordered the Novi family to remove its seven-piece plastic display or face possible…

Matzke on Cooption in Evolution

Nick Matzke has an excellent post at the Panda’s Thumb about cooption as an evolutionary mechanism for building up complex biochemical systems. Cooption is when a given feature – a protein, perhaps, or in some cases an entire organ – that developed for one purpose is adapted for a different purpose. The Panda’s Thumb itself…

Olduvai George Has A Blog

This is very cool. Carl Buell, better known by perhaps my favorite nickname of all time, Olduvai George (if you don’t get the reference, do a google search on “Leakey” and all will be revealed), has finally gotten around to starting a blog. Carl has been a frequent commenter here at Dispatches. He is by…

Request for Help

The lawsuit between the Association of Christian Schools International, Calvary Chapel Christian School and the University of California system over the UC’s refusal to give credit for certain courses taught in Christian schools is going to trial on December 12th, according to the New York Times. I would like to follow that trial nearly as…

Cornell’s New IDEA Club

The Chicago Tribune has an article up about a new IDEA (Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness) club at Cornell University, where the president recently delivered a scathing critique of intelligent design in his annual address to the school. The article includes many misconceptions and falsehoods, beginning with the first premise uttered by the new chapter’s…