Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2006

The Founding Fathers and Universalism

I have written at some length about the religious beliefs of the leading founding fathers (primarily Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and Madison). We’ve already established that none were orthodox Christians, that all of them shared a common perspective that Gregg Frazer has best described as theistic rationalism. There’s one other aspect of their perspective that…

For sheer imbecility, it’s gonna be awfully hard to top this column by Dennis Prager objecting to Muslim congressman Keith Ellison swearing his oath of office on the Quran. He manages to bring both the stupid and the crazy right from the first paragraphs: Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States…

Maine Voucher Case Denied Cert

The Supreme Court has denied cert in a case appealed from the Maine Supreme Court involving the question of whether a state school voucher program could deny the use of those vouchers for religious schools. Maine has a great many towns too small to have their own public school system, so they have a state…

A group of leading constitutional scholars, including Akhil Amar, have filed a brief in Federal court in a case challenging the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. “If the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy does not require careful and searching constitutional scrutiny, then the First Amendment is a dead letter in the U.S. military,” the…

Defending Dawkins

Yes, I know there’s been a lot of discussion of Dawkins here lately, some good and some bad. And though I’ve been critical of him in some areas, I’ll gladly defend him against the charge of supporting Hitler-style eugenics. Actually, I don’t need to because Orac has already done a terrific job of debunking this…

No Retraction from Luskin

Just a note: Casey Luskin has neither amended nor retracted his false post at the DI blog about Rob Pennock allegedly confirming something he did not confirm. Shall we start an office pool on how long it takes?

The admin of the ADF blog has a post where he diligently and gleefully beats the tar out of his straw man version of “leftist libertarians”. Being one of those myself, I find the whole exercise quite amusing and absurd. The straw man is apparent in his false portrayal of what libertarians believe about liberty:…

Dennett Reviews Dawkins

There is a very interesting review of Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion, by none other than Daniel Dennett. As Dennett is an outspoken atheist as well as a friend and comrade-in-arms of Dawkins, it’s an interesting review to read. It touches on many of the issues that have been so loudly discussed here…

Southfield Removes Menorah

Here’s an interesting twist on the usual battles over holiday displays on government property: a Christian complaining about displays that celebrate Judaism but not Christianity. And it happened in a town I know well, Southfield, Michigan. A menorah that has been part of Southfield’s outdoor holiday display for the past three years has become a…

Walmart Protests Fizzle

The AFA may have dropped its boycott of Walmart over their involvement with gay rights groups, but right wing media whore Flip Benham didn’t. Benham is a carnival barker on the religious midway, the guy who shows up anywhere there’s an issue to exploit, from gay rights to abortion to Terri Schiavo, and a camera…