Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2006

The Challenger Anniversary

Like most Americans, I remember quite vividly watching the Challenger disaster on television. I don’t think I watched it live, but of course it was on every channel within minutes of the explosion. I had two connections to this event, one from the past and one in the future. 8 months before the Challenger disaster,…

John Pieret has also done an excellent job of fisking Michael Francisco’s claim that Judge Jones should not have ruled on the question of whether ID is science. He makes many of the same points I make, but in more detail. He included one argument that I intended to include but forgot as well. Francisco…

New Michigan Science Bill

We have a new bill here in Michigan that contains language that sounds very objective and unconnected to ID, but that will obviously pave the way for the introduction of ID (or at least common ID arguments) into science classrooms. HB 5606 apparently replaces HB 5251, which was introduced last year. While the previous bill…

Quoting in Comments

The Scienceblogs techies have fixed something I asked them to fix regarding how to quote what someone else wrote when answering it in a comment. You can now use the blockquote tag in your responses and I think this is the best way to organize a comment to make clear what is being responded to.…

Interview With Wesley Elsberry

DarkSyde continues his interviews with pro-science advocates at DailyKos, this time with my good friend Wesley Elsberry being the victim. Very much worth reading, and worth following his advice and joining organizations like the National Center for Science Education. The NCSE’s budget is dwarfed by that of the Discovery Institute and even dwarfed by traditional…

Berube on Academic Freedom

Thanks to spyder for pointing me to this really excellent essay by Michael Berube on academic freedom and the threats to it currently. It’s very long but worth the trip.

Another Scalia Contradiction?

So I’m having a conversation with my buddy Dan this morning about constitutional law and while talking about how a strict formalist would argue that the only part of a court ruling that is truly binding is the court’s holding alone, not the explanation for that holding (or “dicta”), I get this epiphany about the…

The Discovery Institute’s Media Complaints Division, also known as their blog, has a new writer. His name is Michael Francisco and he’s a second year law student at Cornell. His first contribution to the ongoing diatribe against Judge Jones’ ruling in the Dover case is the subject of this post. In his essay, Francisco beats…

Via Radley Balko comes this frightening story of a legal system out of control: Fairfax County’s police chief said yesterday that one of his officers accidentally shot and killed an optometrist outside the unarmed man’s townhouse Tuesday night as an undercover detective was about to arrest him on suspicion of gambling on sports. Police had…

I don’t know how many of my readers have been in a public high school lately, but one of the things I’ve noticed in the schools I’ve been in is the presence of “safe space” signs around the school. They began in response to incidents that happen routinely in schools where a student who is…