Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2006

My Letter to Richard Dawkins

This is an email I sent a few moments ago to Richard Dawkins. Much of the sentiment in it is a result this post by my friend Nick Matzke at the Panda’s Thumb and the more detailed and well considered response of Dr. Dawkins to his inquiries. I will post the full text of my…

Mitt Romney’s Gay Problem

Is anyone else having a lot of fun watching Mitt Romney prove to the religious right that he really does hate gays as much as them? A few weeks ago it came out that he actually ran a campaign where he claimed to be more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy, and ever since then he’s been…

MikeGene’s response to me on his typology of ID critics had two parts. I thought the part about Dawkins and coercion deserved its own post and I didn’t want to dilute my complete rejection of the petition that Dawkins has chosen to endorse (Update: this appeared true when I wrote it, but it turns out…

Predicting Furious Reaction in 3, 2. 1…

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the US military is taking great steps to recruit more Muslims to join their ranks. * West Point and the other service academies have opened Muslim prayer rooms, as have military installations. • Imams serve full- and part-time as chaplains at the academies and some bases. • Top non-Muslim…

For those who are interested, Richard Dawkins has posted a retraction of his support for the petition I criticized so strongly yesterday. You can find his retraction in the comments on that post. Unfortunately, you can also find several examples of PZ Myers flat out lying about what I’ve said and done, which is hardly…

The ID Board Game

Now this is just funny. Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort have put out an “Intelligent Design vs Evolution” board game. I’m sure it’s chock full of the accurate information and plausible arguments that the C&C Bullshit Factory has become known for. After all, this is the crack research team that brought us the famous “Lucy…

Bill Buckingham’s Dover Testimony

While preparing for a presentation on the Dover trial, as well as prepping for the book project, I’ve been rereading some of the testimony transcripts from the Dover trial. Rereading the cross examination of Dover school board member Bill Buckingham is really quite appalling. It becomes very clear that this man is simply not very…

NJ Officials and Civil Unions

With New Jersey now allowing civil unions, the state’s attorney general is warning public officials that if they choose to perform marriage ceremonies, they must also perform civil unions for gay couples. In a legal opinion by N.J. Attorney General Stuart Rabner issued to municipal officials Rabner said that if they conduct ceremonies for opposite-sex…

Dawkins and the Religion Petition

Update: at the insistence of several readers, please be advised that Dawkins has now repudiated his signature on that petition and asked that it be taken off. You can find that retraction in the comments below. Update #2: Please read my open letter to Richard Dawkins, which I think brings the whole thing to an…

I’m Jonesing, Baby

STACLU’s blog has been down almost a week and I’m starting to have stupidity withdrawals. I need a hit, man. Worse yet, Gribbit says he may have to stop blogging completely. I may have to sponsor him or something so I can keep my supply of inane rants going. I can’t just quit cold turkey;…