Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2007

Farah and the Founding Fathers

Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily, has written yet another ignorant screed about separation of church and state. But let me first acknowledge a partially correct statement on Farah’s part. He is responding to an entirely too broad statement by Pete Stark, the California congressman who recently came out of the atheist closet. In…

Creationists Disprove Evolution

And you thought Kirk Cameron and his banana were ridiculous….wait till you see this video. Evolution is false because we don’t find new life forms every time we open a jar of peanut butter. Seriously funny stuff.

Genie Scott on the BBC

For those who might be interested, the BBC has an audio interview with Genie Scott of the National Center for Science Education on their webpage. There’s also a disturbing picture of her with Ken Ham. Then again, any picture with Ken Ham in is disturbing.

Dale Carpenter has a post at Volokh responding to this article from MIchael Blankenhorn, which makes a relatively moderate argument against gay marriage. What’s interesting to me is how much ground the most literate and reasonable gay marriage opponents have ceded to our side. Carpenter writes: The article is interesting in part because he eschews…

Raymer’s Account Hacked

But not for long. Greg Raymer’s account on Poker Stars was cracked by a brute force hacker, who then brilliantly opened up a bunch of tables and began dumping chips to the same player hand after hand. Apparently he was oblivious to the fact that whenever Raymer plays at Poker Stars, dozens of people are…

Day of Silence Boycott

Most of my readers know about the Day of Silence, a day when many kids in high schools around the country don’t speak at school for the day to call attention to anti-gay bigotry and bullying. Well now a religious right group is calling on parents to boycott by pulling their kids out of school…

Positive Liberty Cited in Law Review

This is pretty cool. A post at one of my other blogs, Positive Liberty, has been cited in a law review article. The article is called Why Originalism Won’t Die by Tara Smith (no, not SB’s Tara Smith; brilliant as she may be I don’t think law is her forte). And it cites this post…

Porn and the DOJ

Max Blumenthal has an article in The Nation that ties the firing of the 8 US attorneys to the DOJ’s obsession with prosecuting obscenity cases for porn starring consenting adults. It revolves primarily around Brent Ward, head of the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force that John Ashcroft created at the DOJ. It was Ward who urged…

Free Speech at MSU, Again

FIRE reports on a situation at Michigan State that has now been resolved. The MSU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom scheduled a showing of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, a documentary that has provoked problems at other colleges around the country when it was shown, and they requested that there be an…

David Bernstein in a post at the Volokh Conspiracy: I’m working on a project about phony experts, which I loosely define as purported experts who can’t do what they claim to be able to do, or whose claimed expertise is nonsensical or non-credible. I would welcome reader suggestions regarding categories of experts to look into.…