Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2008

The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal of the recent ruling that struck down the state’s ban on gay adoption. Let’s hope they uphold that ruling.

Remember during the campaign when John McCain kept declaring that he knew how to get Bin Laden and pledged to do that? Since he apparently refused to share that knowledge with the Bush administration, do you suppose he’ll share his plan with Obama so we can capture him? Or perhaps admit that he was talking…

Judge Orders Award for Victims of Torture

Unfortunately, not for the victims of torture by the United States but by North Korea: A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $65 million to several men who were captured and tortured by North Korea after the communist country seized the U.S. spy ship USS Pueblo during the Cold War… The USS Pueblo was…

Cheering James Webb

Sen. James Webb of Virginia plans to do something that few politicians have had the courage to do: introduce legislation to reform the prison system and put the focus on rehabilitation of non-violent offenders and incarceration of violent offenders. This spring, Webb (D-Va.) plans to introduce legislation on a long-standing passion of his: reforming the…

Steve Fuller at Uncommon Descent

We may have lost DaveScot at UD, but we’re gaining the routinely muddleheaded Steve Fuller, who will be guest blogging at Dembski’s Home for Wayward Sycophants. Fuller, you may recall, was the baffling expert witness offered up by the defense during the Dover trial who testified that while he thought ID was merely a fringe…

Cheney’s Self-Serving Logic

Dahlia Lithwick has an excellent article at Slate about Dick Cheney’s farewell tour of interviews and the conveniently self-serving logic he is using to defend the actions of the Bush administration on a number of fronts. I think she strikes the perfect tone of incredulity: In an ever-escalating game of chicken between the executive branch…

OMG! The Gays Again!

Here’s another one of those famous Worldnutdaily headlines expressing outrage at a perfectly reasonable court ruling: Here’s the article they link to, which involves a gay couple who adopted – at the request of the birth mother – a baby born prematurely and has raised that child for the last 3 years.

Islamic “Human Rights” at the UN

Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske have an important article in the latest issue of Free Inquiry, a Humanist journal, about a drive to pass a Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (UIDHR). The article is a condensed version of a longer report called Islam and Human Rights: Defending Universality at the United Nations (PDF). Dacey…

Prager: Just Lay There and Take It

Just when you thought Dennis Prager couldn’t get any more ridiculous, he writes this column saying that married women should always have sex even if they’re not in the mood to do so. It is an axiom of contemporary marital life that if a wife is not in the mood, she need not have sex…

The Death of IDEA Centers

Allen MacNeill has an interesting post about the IDEA center, the pro-ID group on high school and college campuses that was founded by DI boy wonder Casey Luskin. He quotes a Dembski essay from shortly after the Dover ruling saying, in essence, that the ruling doesn’t matter because the ID meme had been unleashed and…