Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2006

“Liberty” vs “In God We Trust”

The US Treasury is about to put out a new $1 coin that will honor our first four presidents and the religious right is in the middle of a full freakout over the fact that the phrase “In God We Trust” will be on the edge of the coins rather than on the front or…

Students Expelled for Humorous Movie

A group of 3 high school students made a movie where an evil teddy bear attacks and tries to kill a teacher and are fought off by the teacher’s students. A teacher in the school with the same last name as the teacher in the movie decides that this is an actual threat to him…

Hitchens, Jefferson and Atheism

A few weeks ago I mentioned a blog post I’d come across claiming, based upon Dawkins’ new book, that Thomas Jefferson was an atheist. Since I’d given away my copy of that book, I asked my readers to provide the actual text of the book on this point and many of you were helpful enough…

Upcoming Presentation

I have been invited to address the West Michigan Freethought Association on March 14th. The subject will either be Religion and the Founding Fathers or the Dover trial; it’s undecided at this point.. For anyone who is in the area and interested in attending, you can find directions and details on the website linked above.…

Recycling Creationist Tactics

One of the primary arguments made, and conclusively proven, during the Dover trial was that ID is little more than old-fashioned creation science repackaged under a new title. The most obvious piece of evidence in favor of that argument was, of course, the fact that Of Pandas and People, hailed as the first intelligent design…

Media Whores Descend on Kramer

I find this whole Michael Richards situation quite ridiculous. What he did was ridiculous enough, of course, and his punishment is that his already flagging career is pretty much toast at this point (though I’m sure he’s already set financially from Seinfeld). But his public image is destroyed and he will, in all likelihood, slide…

Follow Up on Dallas Poker Arrests

The very same night that the Dallas SWAT team burst in to several poker rooms, arrested and ticketed the players, and seized all their money, a VFW hall in Long Island that was hosting a poker tournament was also raided and all the cash taken. The difference: the theives in Dallas wore badges while the…

Hillel Caves to Muslim Sensitivity

An Egyptian-born woman named Nonie Darwish was scheduled to speak at Brown University last week, at the invitation of Jewish group Hillel, about the appalling treatment of women in Islamic societies. Sadly, that event was cancelled because of pressure by the Muslim Student Association: Muslim students had complained that Darwish was “too controversial.” They insisted…

Tyson and Dawkins

This has been much discussed at the Panda’s Thumb, but I found a clip of it and I really like it. In a panel discussion at the Beyond Belief conference, the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took Dawkins to task, in a very collegial way, for striking the wrong tone and undermining his own goals. Below…

Roosevelt on Judicial Activism

Kermit Roosevelt is a fascinating guy. He’s a law professor at Penn and the grandson of the man who ran the coup in Iran in 1953. He’s commented here before and we had an interesting exchange of email. He has a new book out called The Myth of Judicial Activism that I would very much…