Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2006

Rob Boston of Americans United has an excellent article on the recent ruling in Iowa against public funding of InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a program of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries. The state of Iowa has funded that program to the tune of $1.5 million over the last few years. There’s nothing wrong with having prison…

Al Franken wrote a letter to the National Review after being falsely accused of never hiring minorities. It’s quite an amusing letter, as expected.

From the AP: The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee wants Larry Darby, whose radical views include the belief that the Holocaust did not happen, to stay out of future Democratic Party primaries. The executive committee passed a resolution Saturday telling Darby, who lost a race for the party’s nomination for attorney general, that “he is…

Gotta love this post by Balko about a woman who embezzled $2.3 million from her boss while spending $6000 a day on lottery tickets. He cites the article about the situation as saying: Gambling experts say lottery splurges are among the most common types of compulsive gambling. And deadpans: And yet the states spend millions…

Help Defeat a Creationist in Ohio

November 7th is election day around the country, with many Senatorial and Congressional seats up for grabs. But in Ohio, there is also a crucial battle going on for seats on the state board of education. In particular, Deborah Owens Fink, the primary force behind the push to get ID into public schools there one…

That Compelling UD Logic

Dembski has a post up at Uncommon Descent about the series of critiques at PT of Wells’ new book. He quotes an email from one of his anonymous colleagues: Like fresh meat tossed into a pit of jackels, Jonathan Wells’ newest book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design has sent the Panda’s…

Of all the contributors at STACLU, I don’t think I’ve ever fisked Bosun before, but this post is positively begging for it. He credulously repeats the standard religious right rhetoric about this being a Christian nation and, absurdly, cites the Mayflower Compact as evidence. He begins: This was a nation founded on Christian principles. Congratulations,…

Hitler the Creationist

Well I watched about half of the abominable D. James Kennedy special about Darwin and Hitler last night, about as much as I could stomach. It was every bit as bad as I imagined, perhaps even worse. The dishonesty absolutely leapt off the screen. At one point they present noted paleontological scholar Ann Coulter claiming…

Harris Explains What She Meant

Stepford Senate candidate Katherine Harris attempted to “clarify” what she meant last week when she told the Florida Baptist Witness that separation of church and state was a lie and that God decides who gets elected. Here’s her explanation: Harris’ campaign released a statement Saturday saying she had been “speaking to a Christian audience, addressing…

Hate Speech Laws and Gored Oxen

This story illustrates perfectly the problem at the core of hate speech laws of the type that so many of our Western allies have. I’ve documented many times what goes on in England whenever anyone reports an anti-gay statement made there. Scotland Yard sends out detectives to investigate. Now I give you the other side…