Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2006

Wells’ Breathtaking Absurdity

Folks, if you’re a reasonably literate person scientifically and you’re new to the evolution/ID debate and you’re looking for a perfect example of the utter vacuousness of ID arguments, I urge you to read this column by Jonathan Wells in the Worldnutdaily. Even by ID standards, the irrationality of his arguments is absolutely stunning. I…

HR 2679 Passes the House

Which is hardly a surprise. The House will pass virtually anything, as history attests. But this bill is going nowhere fast in the Senate, just like Rep. Hostetler’s other court-stripping legislation that passed the house and then died. Congress is about to go on break until November 7th. When they come back they’ve got about…

Oakland Press Wrong on Intelligent Design

The Oakland Press published an editorial on its website on Saturday about Dick DeVos’ statements advocating the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes. Their editorial stance is essentially to dismiss it as a non-issue brought up by a “frenzied media” or by “anonymous political groups.” Speaking as a founding board member of…

Liza 1, Gest 0

The train wreck that has been Liza Minelli’s entire life has entered the trial phase with her divorce from and dueling lawsuits with David Gest. I’ve actually been paying attention to this just because I think it’s hilarious. This woman is basically a walking SNL sketch and when I first saw the two of them…

Anti-Gay Thugs Sentenced in San Diega

From SignOnSanDiego: Three men who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a series of brutal beatings after a gay pride festival were sentenced Monday to prison terms. James Carroll, 24; Lyonn Tatum, 18; and Kenneth Lincoln, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday in San Diego Superior Court on the second day of their preliminary hearing during…

Afghani Women’s Rights Activist Murdered

The AP reports: Gunmen on a motorbike Monday killed an Afghan women’s rights activist who ran an underground school for girls during the Taliban’s rule — the latest victim of increasingly brazen militants targeting government officials and schools. Safia Ama Jan, a provincial director for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, was slain outside her home…

He writes pretty much exactly what I was thinking as I watched it last night: I have a few pictures and some thoughts on New Orleans I’ll share later. For now though, I’m wondering: New Orleans is more than anything known for its music. Jazz, blues, zydeco — or some combination of the three. So…

Save the ACLU

The New York Times has an article up about Save the ACLU, a new group formed by dissidents within the group who want the current leadership ousted. I am in agreement with them, as I’ve said many times in the past. Anthony Romero has been a disaster as the ACLU’s executive director, though I am…

This weekend’s “Values Voter Summit” was chock full of the sort of irrational nonsense you would expect from a conference that included the likes of Ann Coulter and Gary Bauer. Agape Press reports on speeches by Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney about gay marriage. How about the breathtaking historical ignorance of this statement…

ADF on Prayer in Public Schools

This post on the ADF blog has a rundown of what is and isn’t allowed in terms of prayer in public schools. Most of it is accurate, saying that prayer groups and Bible clubs are allowed to form and that students are allowed to pray individually and collectively during non-instructional time. But there’s one statement…