Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2006

Luskin Admits Biologic Institute = SSDD

Casey Luskin is doing a series of posts at the DI blog alleging to show “international scientific discoveries” since the Dover ruling that “support ID.” Given the long history of ID advocates claiming that some research project supports ID when it really doesn’t, one obviously expects more of the same here; one won’t be disappointed.…

Controversy Over Judge’s Book

A state judge in St. Louis has sparked quite a controversy with a new book called The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault. I haven’t seen the book, nor am I likely to read it; from the excerpts I’ve seen from it, it looks…

Another School Censorship Case

Agape Press has an article about yet another clear case of school censorship. The ADF is handling the case (see the complaint here) and this time I agree with them completely. A student in Frederick County, Virginia was told by the school that he could not hand out anti-abortion leaflets to his classmates during non-class…

Scariest Musical Performance Ever

I saw this on PZ’s blog, but I’d seen it before on VH1. It’s quite possibly the most ridiculous musical performance ever, even better than Michael Bolton’s pop metal phase. It’s Celine Dion singing You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. It just goes to prove my theory yet again: Celine Dion is Canada’s…

Science Education Advocate Has ALS

I am shocked and saddened to report that Steven Gey, a powerful voice for science education who represented the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Edwards v Aguillard, has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. I don’t know Steve personally, but we have many mutual friends; I join them in sending my…

8th Circuit Upholds GSA Club

Yet another appeals court, this time the 8th circuit, has upheld the Equal Access Act requirement that public high schools must allow the formation of Gay Straight Alliance clubs. This one involved the Osseo School District in Minnesota, which refused to recognize a student group called Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE). The district court…

Bollinger Wraps Up Columbia Controversy

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has issued a public statement about what the university has done in response to the appalling disruption of a speech by Jim Gilchrist. Though I and others were critical of their handling of the situation in the weeks after the incident, this letter spells out some changes in policy…

Answering Krauze and Sternberg

Krauze has written a response to my debunking of the Souder report, and it includes a response from Richard Sternberg to one small portion of my critique. What is most remarkable about the response, I think, is how much is left entirely undisputed. Neither Krauze nor Sternberg even mentions, much less attempts to dispute, the…

The Pope’s Christmas Message

Here it is: “The child of Bethlehem directs our gaze toward all children who suffer and are abused in the world, the born and the unborn,” Benedict said in his homily, in a reference to the Vatican’s staunch opposition to abortion. This concern not applicable in certain Catholic diocese where priests with a long history…

Indiana Students Reinstated

Remember the students who were expelled for making the movie about teddy bears attacking a teacher? Well a Federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction requiring the school to lift their expulsion and allow them to make up any work they missed. The judge also had some words for the students: The judge said the…