Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2006

Here’s an amusing coincidence of two things I’ve written about lately, John Lofton (the loony Christian theocrat who runs theamericanview.com) and the Liberty University debate team. It seems that Lofton is quite upset that a few years ago Falwell gave the okay for the debate team to debate in favor of abortion when they had…

Scalia and Hamdan: Should He Recuse?

A couple of people over the last few days have emailed me links to articles about whether Justice Scalia should recuse himself from today’s Hamdan case (a case involving whether detainess at Gitmo must be given civil trials in American courts) because of his recent remarks indicating how he would vote in the case. Newsweek…

Sampson the new IU Coach

For the guys at In The Agora, ESPN is announcing that Kelvin Sampson of Oklahoma has been hired to replace Mike Davis as basketball coach at Indiana. This is a surprising choice, I really thought they’d hire Randy Wittman and keep it in the family. But it’s a good choice. Sampson is a very good…

A reader writes to inform me that the action by the Liberty Counsel to threaten to sue a blogger for a parody of an Exodus International billboard while using their logo is rather ironic given their own past troubles in that area. It seems that for a long time, their page on the “war on…

Casey Luskin touts the results of a Michigan poll showing that 76% of “Michiganonians” (huh?) agree with the following statement: “Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.” My first thought was that this is a typically misleading poll question. If there was scientific evidence against the theory…

Not Liberty. For the second time in three years, Michigan State won the collegiate National Debate Tournament championship. After starting the year with a win at the Wake Forest tournament, they had to beat Wake Forest in the finals and they emerged with a 6-1 victory. Congratulations to Will Repko and Mike Eber, the head…

NDT Update – Finals

Here is the matchup for the national championship: Wake Forest CH v. Michigan State BH If MSU wins, it will be their second national title in the last 3 years. That’s an incredible accomplishment by any measure, made even more amazing by the fact that they didn’t even debate NDT until the two organizations merged.

NDT Update – Quarterfinals

Please Note: There is an update to this post below the fold with the semifinal matchups. Here are the 8 teams to make the quarterfinals. I don’t know what the quarterfinal matchups are, or who they beat in octofinals to get there: northwestern bc dartmouth bm harvard km wake forest ch berkeley bw wayne state…

Beckwith Denied Tenure at Baylor

On Friday, Baylor University officially notified Francis Beckwith that he was not being granted tenure for his position as associate director of the JM Dawson Institute for Church/State Studies. This is causing a good deal of hullaballoo, with claims of bias and, inevitably, accusations that this denial has something to do with us evil “Darwinists”.…

Alan Keyes’ Empty Rhetoric

Alan Keyes has a column at the Worldnutdaily about the Afghani man targeted for the death penalty for converting to Christianity. It sounds very much like something I might write on the subject of liberty and the need to protect it not only from dictators but from democratic majorities as well. I’ll put a long…