Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2006

Fossil Record Similar to Today?

A reader alerted me to this letter to the editor in a St. Louis newspaper (correction: the op-ed piece that the letter responded to was originally printed in a St. Louis newspaper, but the letter itself was in a Kennewick, Washington paper) that contains one of the most bizarre statements I’ve ever seen about paleontology.…

The War on Orgasms

This is one of those monumentally idiotic ideas that just makes me stare with jaw agape at the notion that a legislator would seriously propose it, much less that it would pass. A state rep in South Carolina by the name of Ralph Davenport has submitted a bill tha would ban the sale of sex…

Follow up on ID and Creationism

I want to call everyone’s attention to an earlier essay that goes through ID arguments and traces them to creationist beginnings, written by Jason Rosenhouse. I had not seen this one before writing my post on the subject, but it makes some of the same points and adds several that I did not bring up.

More Abstinence-Only Insanity

I saw this post on Volokh the other day and intended to comment on it, but it got lost in the shuffle and I forgot. Thankfully, a reader sent me the link, wondering why I hadn’t written about it. It seems the Bush administration has changed the standards for the funding of “abstinence-only” sex ed…

Over at Dembski’s Home for Wayward Sycophants, crandaddy has made a rather curious claim that provides an excellent pretext for analyzing further the links between ID and creationism while simultaneously providing a case study in the ability of ID advocates to ignore evidence that they wish didn’t exist. He is responding to the praise of…

Hentoff on Civics Courses

Nat Hentoff, long one of my favorite writers despite his surprising and indefensible position on the Terri Schaivo situation, has a column in the Village Voice about the importance of civics classes in public schools. He points to the abysmal ignorance that study after study has shown about some of the very basic facts about…

Congrats to Steve Reuland

Steve Reuland, the author of the No Free Hunch ID satire that I posted the other day, has just finished successfully defending his dissertation and has now been awarded a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Medical University of South Carolina. So I guess that increases the number of Steves by one. Another…

Eugene Volokh, a respected first amendment scholar, has a follow up post on the subject of the ruling I discussed yesterday and how it doesn’t seem to square with some of Judge Reinhardt’s earlier statements on free speech in schools. In the Harper ruling last week, Reinhardt argued that there is no first amendment protection…

Rowe on Adams and Unitarianism

Jon Rowe has been having an exchange on the WorldMag blog with a guy named Joel Mark on the subject of unitarianism and some of the leading founding fathers. In particular, he has argued that John Adams was a Unitarian who rejected the trinity, the divinity of Jesus and the notion of hell and the…

Pat Hayes on Barbara Forrest

Pat Hayes of Red State Rabble has written a nice post about Barbara Forrest that is partly a biographical sketch and partly an analysis of the sometimes ridiculously over the top reaction to her from the ID crowd. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Barbara for many years now and Hayes is certainly correct…