Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2005

James Q. Wilson on Evolution and ID

James Q. Wilson has a terrific op-ed piece about evolution, ID and the nature of science in the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps the most important part of the column is a section about the meaning of the word “theory”. This is by no means a revolutionary passage, but the colloquial meaning of the word is…

Okay, this is just funny. This is a statement from Pat Buchanan’s latest column on ID, this one about the Dover ruling. I presume he wrote it with a straight face: In his opinion, Judge Jones the Third declared: The overwhelming evidence is that [intelligent design] is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism…

Text of Buttars’ Bill

Utah State Senator Chris Buttars has released the full text of his new bill. As expected, it’s a train wreck. Throughout the last few months, he has seemed quite confused as to what exactly he wanted to argue against. First he indicated that it was the teaching of evolution itself, which he wanted to balance…

Fisking McDowell on Evolution

I don’t know how, but I somehow managed to get on the mailing list of the Christian Worldview Network and I get their emails regularly. Most recently, I was sent a link to this ridiculous article from Sean McDowell (Josh McDowell’s son, I imagine) about evolution. It’s probably not worth fisking, but there are at…

Another Dishonest Worldnutdaily Headline

Here’s another example of the Worldnutdaily’s dishonest headlines: 17-year-old challenges Pledge of Allegiance. It’s a link to an article in a Florida newspaper about a student who has filed suit, represented by the ACLU, against a school that punished him for not standing for the pledge of allegiance. He’s not challenging the pledge, as Michael…

Worldnutdaily’s Sexual Fear Mongering

Here’s a typically hysterical article from the Worldnutdaily: Canada new destination of choice for pedophiles? The article, predictably, is highly inaccurate. They’re trying to whip up some irrational fear as a result of the Canadian Supreme Court’s recent ruling that legalized group sex clubs in that nation. Here’s the CNN report on the ruling: Group…

Bush’s Imperial Presidency

The Bush administration genuinely appears to think that as long as it claims it needs the authority to do something in order to fight terrorism, there are no limits whatsoever on its power. This has reached the point where even the administration’s defenders are having a difficult time finding a rationale for their increasingly imperial…

Criticisms of Hugh Ross

I came across this comment from Lenny Flank about one of Hugh Ross’ recent books and I thought I’d post it. Let me make clear up front that I have not read the book in question, so I can only go by Lenny’s account of what it says. If that is accurate, I think it…

Limbaugh on the Dover Ruling

This is certainly interesting. Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the Dover ruling. No one will be surprised that he thought it was a bad ruling, but he said something very interesting in his discussion of it. The Worldnutdaily reports: Limbaugh continued, “On the other hand, I do think this: I think that the people –…

Buttars Finally Offers a Bill

The recent spasms of reaction from Utat state Senator Chris Buttars in many ways echoes the entire ID movement over the last few years. If one were to describe the strategic plans of the ID movement in that time, it might well be called the Incredible Shrinking Agenda. First they wanted ID taught alongside evolution…