Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2005

New Dover Documents

Many new documents have been released in the Dover trial. The docket page with links is here. The most interesting parts are the plaintiff’s brief in support of proposed findings of fact and the defendant’s proposed findings of fact. Those are essentially the briefs filed by the attorneys for both sides regarding the facts and…

Early O’Brien Award Candidate

If you want to read something so stupid it will make you shake your head in amazement that anyone would publish it, try this ridiculous cautionary tale from the year 2030, as a man tells his grandson about the good old days when you could buy Christmas wrapping paper and say “Merry Christmas” without being…

Speech Report

Last night, Genie Scott of the NCSE spoke at Michigan State and about half of the board of Michigan Citizens for Science was there. The subject of her speech was, essentially, the evolution of creationism, how creationism has evolved over the last 80 years in the United States. It was, as expected, an excellent and…

Off for an Interesting Evening

I’m off to Lansing to meet with and hear an address by Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. She’s giving a speech at the Kellogg Center Auditorium at 6 on the evolution of creationist strategies and most of the MCFS board will be attending and, presumably, heading out for a…

Jay Wexler of the Boston University School of Law has an upcoming article in the Washington University Law Quarterly which responds to the arguments of Francis Beckwith concerning the constitutionality of teaching ID. Beckwith is a Discovery Institute fellow and the associate director of the Dawson Center for Church-State Studies at Baylor. He is also…

Babka Show Report

I just finished my appearance on the Jim Babka radio program, which was entirely too short. It’s just so difficult to even begin to examine the issue in any depth in a one hour show where we’ve really only got maybe 25 minutes of airtime in between commercials and sponsor’s reports and the like. So…

Texas Education Board’s Latest Lunacy

According to Agape Press, the Texas State Board of Education has severed its ties to the National Association of State School Boards because its policies, in their view, “continue to gravitate to liberal left.” Last week, the Texas State Board of Education voted 10-5 to remove itself from membership in the National Association of State…

UK Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

Last night they showed the induction ceremony for the UK Music Hall of Fame on VH1. I didn’t see the first part of the show, only the last part where they inducted Pink Floyd, but that was well worth it. Pete Townsend did the induction, which is appropriate given his friendship with the band and…

Get Rid of Blue Laws

Just how embarrassed must this guy feel for making the following statements: Massachusetts’ attorney general is launching an investigation into several supermarkets that opened on Thanksgiving in defiance of the state’s Puritan-era Blue Laws. The laws were passed in the 1600s to keep colonists at home or in church on Sundays. Parts of the laws,…

Radio Discussion on Intelligent Design

I will be appearing on Jim Babka’s Culture Repair show on the Genesis Communications Network on Sunday afternoon between 5 and 6 pm eastern time. You can also listen online by going to this page and selecting a feed at that time. I’ll be on the show alone with Jim, no other guests, and we’ll…