Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2007

SCOTUS Hears Taxpayer Standing Suit

Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Hein v Freedom From Religion Foundation, a case that revolves around the question of the taxpayer standing doctrine and whether citizens can sue for establishment clause violations based upon the use of their tax dollars. The case deals with whether government expenditures under Bush’s faith based…

Blocked from Conservapedia

This is funny. Celeste Biever, writing at the New Scientist blog, reports that Conservapedia has blocked some 60 IP addresses from being able to even see the site, much less post on it. I can understand them banning those addresses that participated in putting fake entries up on the site, which is something I not…

Cheering Rep. Zwonitzer

I’ve spent a lot of time making fun of state legislators like Gerald Allen and Chris Buttars. Today I’m happy to say that I found one that deserves great praise. He is Wyoming State Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, a young Republican legislator who recently took a politically brave stand against a bill that would have prohibited…

Wells’ Silly Rhetoric

Over at the DI blog, Jonathan Wells has a profoundly ridiculous essay comparing evolution to alchemy and marxism. It’s chock full of that shallow rhetoric for which he has become famous. Like this: I recently found myself in a conversation with two college undergraduates, both of them seniors in the natural sciences (physics and biochemistry,…

Dembski’s Latest Whine

Bill Dembski noticed this article about a new chair endowed at the UCLA law school for a professor of sexual orientation law and that triggered a thought: How much more difficult will it be to get an endowed ID chair at a major state university? Okay, it’s a rather silly thought, but it’s a thought.…

Tennessee and Evolution – Again

Two readers from Tennessee emailed me this story about a state senator there launching a rather odd crusade to get creationism into public schools. Sen. Raymond Finney proposes to use the legislative process to get an answer to the question of whether the universe was created by a “Supreme Being.” Under Senate Resolution 17, introduced…

Volokh on Academic Freedom

Eugene Volokh has an interesting post that reviews current law on academic freedom. There is surprisingly little in the way of court rulings on many aspects of the issue.

Joe Meert Has a Blog

And has had for a while, but I don’t think I was aware of it. I urge you to visit Science, AntiScience and Geology. Joe is an old ally in the creationism wars and a geologist now at, I believe, the University of Florida. When I first met him he was at Indiana State. Good…

Berkowitz on Kennedy, Darwin and Hitler

Bill Berkowitz has an excellent review of the absurd documentary being distributed by the D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries and the Worldnutdaily, Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. Drawing on such noted historians as Ann Coulter, the thesis of this documentary is simple: In a statement, Kennedy said: “To put it simply, no Darwin, no Hitler. Hitler…

More Crazy, Authoritarian Jews

That loony Haredi sect in Israel is at it again, out to prove that they can out-crazy the radical Muslims. They’ve got a ways to go, but they’re catching up: Women in Israel are fighting a Rosa Parks-style campaign for the right to sit where they want on buses. They claim men are forcing them…