Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2006

Ain’t That The Truth

This blogger says something that can’t be said often enough: One thing that would really improve political discourse, and maybe even lead to some better results, would be for all of us to stop oversimplifying issues. Our culture has fallen into a bad habit of trying to turn nearly every subject into a simple duality,…

Krebs on Kansas Science Standards

Jack Krebs has posted the entire speech he gave the other day analyzing the proposed Kansas science standards, including the full powerpoint presentation and mp3s of the speech itself. He explains why “critical analysis of evolution” or “scientific criticism of evolution” is nothing more than a strategic choice of words to get ID into public…

The 5th amendment guarantees that property may not be taken for public use without just compensation. Radley Balko has a textbook example of how governments play games with compensation in eminent domain cases. A government agency in Tacoma, Washington is trying to buy up land for a parking lot. For one particular property, they initially…

Lubbock Prays for Rain

In the midst of a drought, the Lubbock, Texas city council and county commission are expected to adopt resolutions asking residents there to pray for rain. Here’s what amuses me about this: if they adopted a resolution asking Indian leaders to come to city hall to perform a rain dance, the good Christian folk would…

Last week it was announced that Julie and Hillary Goodridge, the lesbian couple whose lawsuit prompted the Massachusetts court decision and launched our ongoing national debate over gay marriage, were breaking up. The moment I read this, I knew we’d be subjected to a string of “A ha! We told you so! Gay marriages can’t…

Stop the Presses!

Folks, we might be witness to an earth-shattering event: the Worldnutdaily actually printed a column that makes sense. I know, I know, it doesn’t seem possible. But it’s true. Read this column by Walter Williams, which bashes Congress for passing a bill to ban internet gambling (only the House has passed it so far, actually).…

Creech on the NC Cohabitation Law

Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina is none too happy with the state judge who struck down that state’s cohabitation law last week. His reasoning is, predictably, quite weak. For example: Judge Alford’s decision was judicial activism at its best. The state’s lawyers rightly argued Hobbs didn’t have standing in the…

A Match Made in Summer School

(Ex-)Judge Roy Moore is joining the Worldnutdaily as a columnist. Is it bad that I’m positively giddy at the news?

Remember playing tag as a kid, when you had that one spot that was “safe”? If you had your hand on a certain tree, then you could not be tagged ‘it’. The Bush administration seems to be treating national security largely as the safe spot, arguing that as long as they claim something is necessary…

New Banner

With the change in color scheme for Science Blogs, I thought a change in the banner to better match the new scheme was in order. Jeff Hebert, who designed the original banner, was once again kind enough to do several rounds of modifications for me until we got one that I really liked. So thanks…