Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2006

St. Paul police cited the 81-year-old father of Sen. Norm Coleman and a female companion after officers reported seeing them engaged in a sex act in the parking lot of a popular pizzeria. A person passing Red Savoy’s Pizza at 421 E. Seventh St. called police about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and said two people were…

Is Van Till an Apostate?

There is an amusing thread going on over at Dembski’s blog concerning the religious views of Howard Van Till, who recently made available this speech that he gave to the West Michigan Freethought Association. Howard is a friend and a fellow board member of Michigan Citizens for Science; he is also an emeritus professor of…

STACLU Montana Falls for a Prank

It seems that DaveScot isn’t the only one credulous enough to fall for the “ACLU stops soldiers from praying” hoax. The STACLU Montana chapter did too. Skepticism: the gift that keeps on giving.

Someone named Greg Scott, writing at the famously misnamed Intellectual Conservative site, is up in arms about a New York Times report about the increasing number of neo-nazis and skinhead racists in the US military. That article was based on a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which cited Defense Department officials on the…

Anti-Gay Bigots Endorsing Terrorism

As if this story couldn’t get any more bizarre, you’ve got to see the website of Yehuda Levin’s group, Jews for Morality. It hasn’t been updated in a long time, but it has information about last year’s event that they tried mightily to stop. At last year’s parade, one lunatic jumped into the parade and…

In what looks like a fit of bravado, Dembski has once again reiterated his responsibility for any mistakes in the evolution chapters of Ann Coulter’s new book. He’s essentially saying “bring it on”: In April I announced on this blog Ann Coulter’s then forthcoming book GODLESS (go here). There I remarked, “I’m happy to report…

Interesting Church/State Case

Here’s a twist on the legal debate over school voucher programs. Maine has a school voucher program for people from small towns that don’t have public schools, a program that goes back over a century. In 1980, however, the law was amended to forbid the vouchers from being used at religious parochial schools. A suit…

Ohio Court Backs Property Rights

The Ohio Supreme Court, following in the steps of the Michigan court last year, has struck a strong blow against eminent domain abuse in that state. They ruled that economic development was not a legal reason to force people to give up their homes, halting a major development project in the process: The Ohio Supreme…

Business Calls

I’ll be out of town all morning on business, but I’ve got lots of bloggy goodness lined up and scheduled to post this morning. Enjoy.

Another state court, Washington this time, has upheld their state’s ban on gay marriage. This ruling was long awaited, to the tune of 17 months since the case was actually heard. I haven’t read the ruling yet, and probably won’t get to until tomorrow, but Dale Carpenter has his usual thorough and evenhanded analysis at…