Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2005

Sandefur on Judicial Activism and Dover

Sandefur has an excellent post up about the Dover ruling and the hollowness of the charge that the judge was engaging in “judicial activism” in his ruling.

Perjury Charges Possible in Dover

The Federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania is investigating possible perjury charges against various members of the school board in Dover after Judge Jones bluntly declared that they had lied in their depositions in the case: U.S. Middle District Attorney Thomas A. Marino said yesterday that decision will take time because there is “a lot of reading…

England = Oceania?

This is frightening. While we’re dealing with reports of NSA spying on Americans without warrants (while simultaneously claiming that Congress authorized such spying and that they didn’t go to Congress for authorization because they wouldn’t give it) and the Pentagon spying on peaceful organizations whose politics they don’t like, get a load of what’s happening…

So Much for Secondhand Smoking Dangers

I don’t smoke. Not only do I not smoke, but my mother died because she smoked and I had to watch her struggle with 22% total lung capacity and later a lung transplant. If anyone should be anti-smoking, it should be me, right? And I am anti-smoking in the sense that I don’t smoke and…

NCBCPS Lawsuit On the Way

Odessa, Texas, you’re the next contestant on the Federal court, establishment clause game show: Trustees of the Ector County Independent School District here decided, 4 to 2, on Tuesday night that high school students would use a course published by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools for studying the Bible in history…

Guest Post: Allen Macneill Fisks 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…

In looking for reactions to yesterday’s ruling from legal scholars, I found this post on a Federalist Society blog by someone named P.A. Madison. The arguments, which run the gamut from the false to the downright silly, would make a great exam answer for my buddy Dan Ray to grade. I can almost see him…

Federalist Blog on the Dover Ruling

In looking for reactions to yesterday’s ruling from legal scholars, I found this post on a Federalist Society blog by someone named P.A. Madison. The arguments, which run the gamut from the false to the downright silly, would make a great exam answer for my buddy Dan Ray to grade. I can almost see him…

Michigan Next?

The Detroit Free Press has a report on the Dover decision that includes this tidbit: The next court test on whether public schoolchildren can be taught that some intelligent force set the universe in motion could move to Michigan now that a federal judge has barred a Pennsylvania district from teaching intelligent design… In Michigan,…

Legal Scholars on Dover Ruling

I thought I’d post what some legal scholars are saying about yesterday’s ruling, since a good many of them have blogs and have responded. First, Timothy Sandefur writes at the Panda’s Thumb: Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District is a major victory for science and a major blow to those who have tried to sneak…