Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2009

Gotta love this gem from uber-nut Joseph Farah: Bye Joe. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Eh, no such luck. He’s full of shit as usual.

I wrote last month about a magistrate judge recommending a preliminary injunction against a released time program in Indiana where kids are let out of school to attend religion classes on school grounds. The federal judge in the case accepted that recommendation and issued the injunction. The ruling analyzed the situation under both the Lemon…

All of the outrage over bonuses for AIG employees has really distracted attention away from the more important issue, which is not whether bonuses should be paid by companies that get government funds but the very nature of corporate bonuses in the financial sector. The Obama administration appears ready to address that larger issue: Treasury…

A few weeks ago, I interview Joann Bell on my radio show about her experiences when she filed a lawsuit over school prayer in Oklahoma. She was assaulted by a school employee, had her own obituary sent to her in the mail and had her house firebombed. But she’s hardly alone. I’m gonna post some…

How Did We Win That Game?

I don’t know how many of you watched the MSU-Kansas game last night, but I watched it with my brother. And we kept saying the same thing: “I can’t believe we’ve still got a chance to win this game.” If you’d told me before the game that MSU would shoot 39% from the field while…

Goodbye to Chris and Sheril

It’s official, The Intersection is moving to Discover Blogs as Carl Zimmer did earlier. I’m going to miss Chris and Sheril around the break room. Alas, controversy has already followed them to Discover, as DrugMonkey explains. It seems that several people immediately started commenting on Sheril’s physical beauty, something that is (rightly, in most cases)…

Remember the lawsuit filed by the endlessly litigious Caldwells, Larry and Jeanne, against UC-Berkeley over the Understanding Evolution website? They lost at every stage and now the Supreme Court has denied cert in the case. I’m sure that won’t prevent them from filing another 2700 frivolous lawsuits in the future.

More Police Abuse and Lies

Here’s a familiar story. Police officers beat down a man, then claim that he assaulted them. Internal investigation clears the officers of any wrongdoing and the victim is charged with felony assault of a police officer. Videotape shows the cops lied through their teeth: After a beat down in an elevator, Joshua Daniel Ortiz ended…

Last week, Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote that he had received multiple unconfirmed reports that the Oklahoma legislature was investigating the appearance of Richard Dawkins at the University of Oklahoma. Those reports are now confirmed:

There are few things more ridiculous than Joseph Farah talking about science, something he understands about as well as I understand Bulgarian folk music. In his latest column he displays his ignorance while discussing a very exciting recent find of three octopus fossils from Lebanon. He starts with the standard “scientists are shocked” premise: Scientists…