Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2005

More Poker Arrests

This is becoming a far too familiar story. The police all around the nation are committing enormous resources to stop consenting adults from wagering on a game of skill and it’s getting entirely out of hand. On a busy night at the New York Players Club in upper Manhattan, vice squad officers wearing bulletproof vests…

Heisman Competition is Over

I don’t know if anyone else saw the USC-Fresno State football game on Saturday, but I stayed up far past my bedtime to watch it. I didn’t intend to, but I couldn’t stop watching Reggie Bush put on a performance for the ages. Bush had 513 total yards against a top 20 team. That’s a…

Zywicki Steps In It

I’m a fan of the Volokh Conspiracy, the group legal blog that features some excellent thinkers, but today’s edition has an odd juxtaposition. First, Juan Non-Volokh (who recently announced he would not be blogging anonymously much longer, as I recall) posted an endorsement of Charles Krauthammer’s column lambasting ID and supporting evolution. The very next…

History of the War on Christmas Meme

Michelle Goldberg, the terrific writer for Salon.com, has a really interesting article examining the historical roots of the “War on Christmas” idea that is getting so much play in the conservative media these days. As it turns out, this one goes back a lot longer than most of us realize: In 1959, the recently formed…

Evolution and God….Again

With prominent conservatives like George Will and Charles Krauthammer speaking out strongly in favor of evolutionary theory and against ID lately, you knew there would be a reaction from some of their ideological brethren. George Neumayr, executive editor of The American Spectator, offers this commentary in an attempt to argue that evolution and atheism are…

Volokh on StoptheACLU Again

Nice to see Eugene Volokh once again taking StopTheACLU to task for their endorsement of the most banal rhetoric, comparing the ACLU to the KKK and to terrorists.

Irish Politician Joins Stupidity Chorus

A Northern Ireland politician named Maurice MIlls has weighed in and claimed that Hurricane Katrina was sent by God as punishment for homosexuality. God, as usual, could not be reached for comment.

Ambient Irony has an excellent post on the subject of why methodological naturalism is important to science. The argument, which is dead on the money, is essentially that invocation of supernatural causes eliminates the ability to test a hypothesis because it relies upon the willful decisions of entities unconstrained by the boundaries of natural law.…

ID and the Vatican

The last few months have brought an almost dizzying series of statements from various vatican officials about intelligent design and evolution. One cardinal says ID is valid, another says it’s not. The Pope himself makes a statement about intelligence being behind the universe, IDers think that is an endorsement of ID, and so on. But…

An Early Season Pat on My Own Back

I know we’re only 10% of the way through the NBA regular season, but I don’t think it’s too early to pat myself on the back for what I wrote on October 26th, before the season started: the Detroit Pistons will be better this year than they were the last two years under Larry Brown.…