Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2006

Pharmaceutical Absurdity

So I just got home from a visit to the doctor and the pharmacy. I have an outer ear infection and got a prescription for some antibiotic ear drops. When I stopped at the pharmacy to get the script filled, I noticed that one of the many products they sold over the counter was a…

Perhaps the most amusing and ridiculous pop culture phenomenon of our times is the Kabbalah fad currently gathering more of Hollywood’s most shallow every day. Britney Spears, Roseanne, Demi Moore and, of course, Madonna, are all converts to this vague, new agey version of Jewish mysticism. Jewsweek has a funny article up about it that…

Observation and Proof

Mark Creech, the head of a group called the Christian Action League of North Carolina, has a pretty typical creationist response to the Clergy Letter Project. In the process, he manages to completely mangle how science operates and misrepresent the relationship between observation and proof. And of course, he trots out a couple of tried…

Seipp on Fallaci

Cathy Seipp has an interesting essay in the LA Times about a visit to City Lights, the legendary San Francisco book store and why, despite its long history of proudly promoting banned books, they refuse to carry Oriana Fallaci’s The Force of Reason: So, although my friend is no fan of Ward Churchill, the faux…

Buttars’ Bills Facing Veto

The two bills that Sen. Chris Buttars of Utah has been pushing in that state legislature, one that is anti-evolution and one that would prohibit students from forming gay-straight clubs in public schools, may both be vetoed by the governor of the state: Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said for the first time Thursday that he’d…

Musgrave Stops Blogging

Paul Musgrave has decided to fold up his long-running blog and he is posting a final 15 long essays on subjects he feels strongly about. The first two, one on his hometown of Evansville and the other on the nature of patriotism, have been posted. They are well worth reading, if only to remind ourselves…

Links from Scumbags

So I’m looking at some of my recent referrals (that is, webpages that have links to my page that people have used recently to come here) and I see a referral from godhatesfags.com, the webpage of the vile and repulsive Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church of evil bastards. Specifically, their news page linked…

Dobson Too Pro-Gay?

If there is an iron law in politics, it’s this: if you find yourself to the right of James Dobson on questions of gay rights, you’re a true right wing whacko. But believe it or not, Dobson is taking a ton of criticism from his fellow religious right leaders for not opposing a Colorado bill…

Fed. Gov. Settles Abstinence Lawsuit

The Federal government has settled an ACLU lawsuit by prohibiting further support for the Silver Ring Thing abstinence-only sex education program until the program is changed to eliminate the overtly religious content of the course. Under the deal, the Silver Ring Thing program won’t be eligible for more funding unless it ensures the money won’t…

Dembski Misrepresents Tolstoy

I know this will come as an enormous shock, but William Demsbski has – yet again – misrepresented what someone else has said on the subject of evolution. This time it’s Leo Tolstoy, for some strange reason. Dembski writes: Leo Tolstoy’s last completed letter, dictated from his sick-bed at the Astapovo train station on November…