Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2006

The third circuit handed down a shocking ruling today in the case of Petruska v. Gannon University. The case involves what is known as the ministerial exception, a legal doctrine well established by court precedent that says that anti-discrimination law cannot be applied to churches. As today’s ruling notes, the ministerial exception was created “to…

Roy Moore and his Men of Renown

A newspaper in Alabama has this report on followers of Roy Moore running for the state Supreme Court in Alabama and loudly advocating his position that the states should be able to ignore any Federal court ruling that they disagree with: The theme was sounded in an op-ed piece Parker wrote in The Birmingham News…

Nancy Pearcey’s Waterloo

I’ve written many a post skewering the claims of ID advocates over the years, but I have to bow down and genuflect before this treatment by Nick Matzke of young earth creationist/IDist Nancy Pearcey at the Panda’s Thumb. There are good fiskings, there are verbal beatdowns, and then there are first round knockouts like this…

“Where’s the ACLU?”

That’s the question that we hear constantly from anti-ACLU types. Whenever they perceive an injustice, particularly against a conservative, they cry, “Where’s the ACLU? Why aren’t they defending this person?” The point of the accusation, of course, is to give the impression of inconsistency on the part of the ACLU. Here’s a perfect example recently,…

Krauze at Telic Thoughts has a post about the recent disagreement between Sandefur and I that was posted partially here and partially at Positive Liberty. First was my post objecting to Daniel Dennett’s suggestion that Genie Scott is being less than sincere in arguing that evolution and religion can be compatible. Then Sandefur, an advocate…

Rowe on Dembski and the Founders

I was busy yesterday with other things, so I sent this post to Jon Rowe to give it the good fisking it deserves. He obliged. In short, Dembski attempted, weakly. to answer Judge Jones’ statements about the founding fathers making reason the arbiter of religious claims. His answer didn’t really answer that assertion, but he…

Balko on the Drug War

This post by Radley Balko is a must read about drug war. Not only is it a massive failure, it’s costing us untold billions of dollars and destroying countless lives. The numbers are staggering. 55% of all Federal prison inmates are there on drug charges, their number quadrupling between 1986 and 1999, and half of…

Televangelist Fraud

So I’m flipping channels and I come across Rod Parsley’s Breakthrough program. I’ve talked about Parsley before and some of the astonishingly stupid things he’s said. But this one may take the cake. He was – naturally – begging for money and making outlandish promises of what would happen if his credulous followers would just…

Several people emailed me about what happened over the weekend at Russell County High School in Kentucky. There was apparently a tradition there for the students to elect a “graduation chaplain” to hold a Christian prayer at the graduation ceremony, with the full cooperation of the school. But this year, a Muslim student filed suit…

Via Radley Balko, here’s an amusing tidbit about Pat Robertson, God’s own personal carnival barker, from his own CBN webpage: Did you know that Pat Robertson can leg-press 2000 pounds! How does he do it? Where does Pat find the time and energy to host a daily, national TV show, head a world-wide ministry, develop…