Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2006

More Ten Commandments Nonsense

From Greg Laurie in the Worldnutdaily comes this little tidbit of absurdity: It is my belief that one of the reasons for the great success of the United States of America over our 200-plus years can be found in our origins, the fact that our Founding Fathers built this country on a belief in Scripture…

This letter irritates me, not only because it recycles tired old creationist canards but because it appears in the Michigan State newspaper. The fact that it’s written by someone studying chemical engineering, implying at least a modicum of understanding of science, is even worse. It’s just one silly and unsubstantiated claim after another. But people…

Satan Plays Political Favorites

Chris Buttars may have some competition for the loopiest Utah politician if this guy makes it into office: Republican congressional hopeful John Jacob believes the devil is impeding his efforts to unseat five-term Representative Chris Cannon. He says there’s another force that wants to keep him from going to Washington and the devil is what…

Lawsuit in Colorado Graduation Case

The Rutherford Institute, one of the more credible religious right legal groups, has announced that they have agreed to file a Federal lawsuit in the case of the Colorado valedictorian who had her microphone cut off for speaking too bluntly about her religious faith during a graduation address. The case will be on both free…

Alter on Flag Burning Amendment

Jonathan Alter has a compelling essay on the flag burning amendment under consideration – again – in the Senate (it’s already passed the House). I’m with him on this one being a litmus test: The phrase “litmus test” is in bad odor for good reason: politicians should be judged on a variety of positions, not…

Moore’s Total Loss in Alabama

After the elections in Alabama recently, I mentioned that Roy Moore had lost in the primaries in his attempt to become governor of the state. But I forgot to mention that the entire slate of Moore candidates lost, not just thim. There were 4 men running for spots on the state Supreme Court who were…

Doug Stanhope on…Everything

Another great Youtube video, this one from Doug Stanhope. Stanhope is the closest thing we have to Bill Hicks since he died. This is a 10 minute political rant that is very, very funny. It goes from airport security to the war on terror to religion. Warning: it’s very crude, it’s very dark and it’s…

Bill Hicks on the War on Drugs

I’ve said before that, for my money, Bill Hicks is the greatest comedian of all time. And I came across this video from Daily Motion (similar to Youtube) and thought I’d post it here. This is Bill Hicks riffing about the war on drugs. Enjoy.

Excellent Anti-ID Article

This has been out for a while, but there is an excellent article in the Journal of Clinical Investigation about the ID movement. The authors of the paper include such eminent scholars as Elliot Sober (philosopher of science) and Ronald Numbers (historian of science, author of The Creationists, the seminal history of creationism). It is…

I’ve done more than my fair share of bashing the Bush administration for its many sins. But after seeing this executive order (hat tip to Jon Rowe), let me offer some mild praise. In most cases, it is the courts telling the other branches of government that they may not violate the rights of citizens,…