Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2005

Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus

Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus to all of the wonderful people who have made this blog a success by reading and sharing your thoughts with me. And in the spirit of Seinfeld, a Happy Festivus as well. One of the great Festivus traditions, of course, is an airing of the grievances. Many bloggers have put…

The War on Christmas and the Rebel Pose

I and some of my readers have mused at what motivates all of this “War on Christmas” nonsense. I think there are several answers. For the Jerry Falwells, Matthew Stavers and Bill O’Reillys of the world, the answer, I have no doubt, is pure demagoguery – they make money by exploiting these absurd emotional issues…

Britain Does It Again

Here’s another case of the British police “investigating” someone for making mildly anti-gay comments: Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council complaining at their bid to promote awareness of gay issues. The devout Christians said the council was “pandering” to minority groups and said they felt…

Elsberry on “Galvanizing Christians”

Wes Elsberry has a great response up to a statement made by William Dembski the day of the Dover ruling. Dembski said: “This galvanizes the Christian community,” said William Dembski, a leading proponent of the theory and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank that promotes intelligent design research. “People I’m…

American Family Association Weighs In

The American Family Association has issued an amusing press release on the Dover ruling. It says: “According the logic of the court, any hint of the existence of God, whether derived by scientific means or otherwise, renders it off limits to public schools,” said Stephen Crampton, Chief Counsel for the AFA Center for Law &…

Judge Jones’ Reward

I mentioned the other day that I thought Judge Jones was being particularly courageous to issue this ruling because it essentially means the end of any hope for an appeals court nomination. A close White House ally has now confirmed that: “This decision is a poster child for a half-century secularist reign of terror that’s…

Santorum’s Amusing Flipflops

This is very funny. Rick Santorum is now leaving the Thomas More Law Center board in the aftermath of the Dover ruling. And despite having written an op-ed piece praising the Dover school board last year, he now says he never supported their policy. Hilarious. NIck Matzke has the full story here.

Allen Macneill on Dembski

This is a guest post from Allen Macneill, an evolutionary biologist and writer. He currently teaches an introductory evolution course for non-majors at Cornell, and is writing an introductory evolution textbook, also for non-majors. HIs most recent article, “The capacity for religious experience is an evolutionary adaptation to warfare” has just been reprinted in an…

Is This Judge Insane?

Truth is stranger than fiction: David Letterman has been temporarily restrained by a woman who believes that he torments her over the airwaves using a secret code. New Mexico resident Colleen Nestler filed court documents late last week, alleging that Letterman has been using code words, gestures and “eye expressions” for more than 10 years…

Matzke on ID Reaction to Dover

Nick Matzke has a really well written post at PT about the reactions of ID advocates to the judge’s ruling. It’s good enough that I would say if you only read one article on the Dover outcome from our side, this is the one you should read. The conclusion is absolutely perfect: In fact, if…