Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2005

Gibbons, take 8

I have to confess to being tired of answering William Gibbons’ occasional replies. It’s to be expected that someone with a “PhD in creation science apologetics” (which is roughly the same as having a PhD in defending astrology) would have mastered the “Gish Gallop”, but Mr. Gibbons, it appears, simply has not a shred of…

My Favorite Things

Sandefur has the idea that the Positive Liberty writers should lighten things up a bit and write an essay on our favorite things. Not a bad idea, I’m up for that. And let me start by wholeheartedly endorsing his choice of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King as a favorite book. Florence…

Watching Mel Gibson Movies

Several people have responded to my post about Mel Gibson by saying that they’ll never see his movies again. I have to confess to being baffled by that. I don’t get it when those on the right do it and I don’t get it when the left does it either. When those on the right…

Welcome, Crooks and Liars Readers

Having not even looked at my blog all morning, I sat down and peeked at the usage statistics and was shocked to see a much busier than usual day without having posted anything new since yesterday morning. Turns out it’s because the blog Crooks and Liars linked to my post on Mel Gibson and evolution.…

Article on Dover Attorneys

Law.com has an interesting article about Eric Rothschild and Steve Harvey, the two Pepper Hamilton attorneys who led the legal team for the plaintiffs in the Dover trial. One statement really stuck out to me: Rothschild said what he was proudest of throughout this whole trial was his cross-examination of defense expert Michael Behe, a…

Mel Gibson on Evolution

Jim Lippard has some amusing excerpts from a Playboy interview (though I have it on good authority that Jim reads it only for the articles) with Mel Gibson. It’s an interview that leaves you wondering why on earth someone would put such stupidity on display in public. To wit: PLAYBOY: So you can’t accept that…

CNN on John Roberts So Far

CNN has a long review of the job Chief Justice John Roberts is doing so far at the Supreme Court. By all accounts, the other justices have embraced him and he has shown great understanding of and affinity for court tradition. The article contains some interesting items for those of us who really watch the…

New Ad Sponsor

You might notice on the right that I have a new sponsor, TerriPAC. The ad will be there for two weeks. Unlike the last ad, pushing the profoundly silly idea that 9/11 was staged, this is one I can really get behind. It’s a political action committee set up by Michael Schiavo to fight against…

Anti-Gay Psychiatrist Dies

Raj left this as a comment and I thought I’d move it up here. Charles Socarides, a psychiatrist and anti-gay crusader who helped found the “ex-gay” movement, has died at age 83. The NY Times obit is here. As seems staggeringly common among the harshest anti-gay activists – Randall Terry, Anita Bryant, Alan Keyes and…

Gibbons’ Latest Reply

Longtime readers of my blog have likely followed the exchange between myself and William Gibbons, a young earth creationist (with a PhD in “creation science apologetics”, no less). Mr. Gibbons only posts a reply once every few months, and he left his latest reply in a comment that doesn’t show the context of the previous…