Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday, Earth

I know, it’s late. Bishop Ussher famously calculated that the earth began on October 23, 4004 BC and we skeptics have been having fun with that for decades now. The Austin, Texas Center for Inquiry chapter threw a birthday party that included Noah’s Floodwater Punch and Flat Earth Cake. What do you get for a…

Another Anti-Gay Bush Judge

Pam’s House Blend reports that the Senate was to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Human Rights Campaign came out strongly against this nomination, largely on the basis of a 2001 Mississippi state Appeals Court ruling in which Southwick joined a concurrence in a case…

This is hilarious: An Indiana Law 3L was arrested last week, accused of firing a rifle from his Bloomington apartment balcony. Jesse Sneed, 27, was charged with criminal recklessness in connection with the incident, in which no one was hurt. Sneed (pictured, top left) was summarily suspended on Friday and cannot return on campus, according…

OneNewsNow on Berkley Nativity Scene

OneNewsNow, the AFA’s news outlet, reports on the Berkley nativity scene controversy but leaves out virtually all the relevant details. No mention whatsoever of the fact that the display is still up on private property in an even more prominent place in downtown Berkley than before. No mention at all of the fact that the…

Jim Burroway has a full report on that Watchmen on the Walls event in Washington. They got about 1/6th the attendance they expected. How terribly sad.

My Article on EO Wilson

My article on E.O. Wilson’s speech at MSU Monday night is up and available at the Michigan Messenger.

Off to See Edward Tabash

I’m headed to Grand Rapids shortly to do an interview with Edward Tabash, the head of the legal advisory board of Americans United. He’s speaking to the Center for Inquiry-Michigan group tonight (formerly the West Michigan Freethought Association, to whom I spoke on the Dover trial earlier this year). I’ll be sticking around to have…

Since the flag pin flap seems to have blown over, the right wing blogosphere has moved on to a new outrage: Obama didn’t put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Some stupid git named Mark Finkelstein actually thinks that’s not only newsworthy, but proof that the “liberal media” is covering for Obama:…

Maher and the 9/11 Truthers

I don’t know how many of you watched Bill Maher get mad and have the idiots who were interrupting thrown out of the studio. Raw Story has the video. You couldn’t tell what they were shouting, but apparently they were part of the 9/11 “Truth” movement, an ironic title since those clueless boneheads wouldn’t know…

Reaction to Rejection in Science

Let me first dispense with the obvious: scientists are sometimes wrong. Let me be more specific: scientists are sometimes wrong because they hold prior commitments to the dominant explanation and too casually dismiss evidence that does not fit with the current orthodoxy. Let me give you a good example of this: the Taung baby. The…