Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2006

Here’s the scenario: a high school student, fed up with what he perceived as the school district’s official anti-gay stance, wears a t-shirt to school that says “Be ashamed. Our school has embraced what all decent people should condemn” on the front and “Homophobia is shameful” on the back. The day he wore the shirt,…

Ken Ham on Tiktaalik roseae

The hit parade of creationist responses to Tiktaalik roseae continues with this article about the response of Ken Ham, founder of the American wing of Answers in Genesis. Like the rest, it’s amusing for the almost total lack of any substantive response to the facts. “If you look at a platypus, a platypus has features…

Some of you may be interested in an exchange of comments at Positive Liberty in response to the posting of my essay on the ACLU and legal fees on that blog. I just finished a long and detailed response to someone named PurpleThink concerning the Dover case and the legal fees.

NKU and Free Speech

I have been effusively praising the president of Northern Kentucky University, Jim Votruba, for his understanding of the true nature of free speech and the way he handled the situation where a teacher led her students in destroying an anti-abortion display on that campus. But FIRE, which is rapidly becoming an indispensible organization at fighting…

The ACLU and Attorney’s Fees

Steven Voigt, writing at RenewAmerica, is complaining about the ACLU being able to collect legal fees when they win a suit against a government agency (you may remember Voigt from my earlier fisking of his terrible 14th amendment arguments). This is nothing new, of course; innumerable voices on the right have been complaining about this…

Samuel Chen, Take 3

I just posted the following comment on Chen’s blog: I’ve been an ID watcher for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of funny things get said. But I have to say, this performance may take the cake. It’s at least on the level with Dembski’s nonsense last fall where he claimed that our…

The whole Samuel Chen thing reminded me of this brilliant satire of ID arguments that was compiled by Steve Reuland. The project was a collaborative effort of a bunch of folks, most of them associated with the Panda’s Thumb now. I’m not going to include all of the footnotes, which show actual quotes from ID…

The Roman God of ID

A couple years I wrote an essay called Intelligent Design as Roman Mythology, in which I noted that the most appropriate symbol of the ID movement was that of Janus, the Roman god of gates that is generally portrayed as having two faces. Here is a bust of Janus that can be found in the…

Samuel Chen, Take 2

This keeps getting funnier. In this comment on his own blog, he says the following about the Wedge Document: Cody, you are quoting from various parts of the “wedge document” and so forth. These are documents that we, including DI, do not necessarily agree with. Meaning, we have seen certain errors with intelligent design in…

Samuel Chen is a Baylor undergrad poli sci major who posted the DI’s objections to being called a “conservative Christian think tank” on his blog. As the conversation there in the comments has developed, it’s become fairly amusing to watch. Someone from here posted a quote from Barbara Forrest that cited the Wedge Document, as…