Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2007

Update on Courtroom Jesus Picture

I previously reported on the situation in Slidell, LA, where the ACLU is preparing to file suit to remove a picture of Jesus from the city courthouse. Predictably, some of the local residents are mad at the ACLU and they held a rally to protest the suit: Standing in the shadow of the Slidell City…

Creation Museum Bumper Sticker

A reader sent a link to this bumper sticker: I like it.

Jilted Lover Case Dismissed

Says a Utah judge: A jilted fiance can’t recover the money he spent on an engagement ring or for his vasectomy, the Utah Court of Appeals ruled last week. The couple dated for three months before getting engaged in July 2004 and prepared for a November wedding. The nuptials were postponed twice, and in late…

Gerard Harbison, who comments here from time to time, has a couple of posts on his blog about a holocaust denier being jailed in Germany and the religious right coming to his defense in this country (it should perhaps be noted that I would also come to his defense; I think laws against holocaust denial…

Hope for the Future?

Most people probably don’t know about the Presidential Scholars program; I only do because a friend of mine in high school was named one. It’s one of the biggest honors a high school senior can get, with only two from each state picked to receive them each year. They get invited to the White House,…

Talking Points Memo has a great video of White House Press Secretary Dana Perino trying to explain to the press corps why Cheney was a member of the executive branch when he wanted to claim executive privilege but is now suddenly not a member of the executive branch for purposes of evading regulations on classified…

A Review of God on Trial

The Associated Press has a review of Pete Irons’ book God on Trial. I agree with the review entirely, especially about the use of first person reports. Irons invites those who were involved in various church/state disputes write their own essays. Sometimes it’s a plaintiff explaining why they felt the need to bring the case…

Why I Prefer Judges to Legislators

Despite the recent bad decisions from the Supreme Court, I still much prefer the judicial branch to either the executive or legislative, for one basic reason: judges (at least at the Federal level, where they are appointed for life) do not have to pander to the least educated and most hyper-emotional members of society in…

ID and Junk DNA, Part 2

The ID crowd has been all abuzz lately over junk DNA after a very bad article in Wired appeared on the subject. Whenever there is an article in the scientific literature proposing a possible function for some specific type of non-coding DNA, the ID advocates immediately jump up to make one of two types of…

A Weekend Getaway?

Okay, I need some feedback from my readers. A good friend of mine is in the process of buying an incredible bed and breakfast place in Vermont and I’m thinking about the possibility of scheduling a weekend there as a meet and greet for my readers. I need to gauge interest in that to see…