Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2010

A Christmas Bonus

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Despite some people begging for coal, I just didn’t feel right without doing something like a real fisking. So I thought I’d write a little about some recent papers by some of the more prominent cdesign proponentists. However, since this is just a bonus, I won’t do a full-on…

Jefferson, Freemasonry, & the Illuminati

We’ve oft-heard “the Founders were all Freemasons.” Well, no. Many of the Founders were Freemasons. George Washington was. Ben Franklin was. Thomas Jefferson, from what I have studied, was not. Yet, Freemasonry perfectly resonated with Jefferson’s beliefs and that of the American Founding as a whole. Freemasonry was generally monotheistic. It was also, alas, bigoted…

- guest blogg by W. Kevin Vicklund In my ‘Merry Vegas’ post, I asked for suggestions on a topic to fisk. I was hoping for something like a request to debunk Behe’s new paper, perhaps, or maybe tackle something one of our persistent trolls has been rambling on and on about. Instead, what I got…

Earlier this week, a number of religious freedom activists, bloggers, and organizations were alerted by Sgt. Justin Griffith, a soldier at Fort Bragg, NC, to a mandatory U.S. Army survey called the “Soldier Fitness Tracker.” One of the areas included in this survey, which measures a soldier’s fitness in a number of areas, is “spiritual”…

Merry Christmas

I’m still traveling but I wanted to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Joyous Kwanzaa and, most importantly, Happy Festivus, to all of you. I especially want to thank Jon, Chris, Kevin and Michael for filling in so admirably while I got some much needed R & R. I won’t be back to blogging full time…

Merry Christmas – Open Thread

Merry Christmas Ed fanboys and girls! In case there’s not a sufficient supply of fresh blog posts for today’s demand of commenters, consider this an open thread. My only blog post contribution today is that I’m celebrating the fact my grandma did not get run over by a reindeer last evening, but I did discover…

The Universalists On Elihu Palmer

Elihu Palmer was a notable Founding Father who veered more towards the “Deist” side than any of the “key Founders” including Jefferson. The text notes Palmer became head of the “Columbian Illuminati.” Pretty cool. Or perhaps pretty cool name for a band. A book about Universalism published in 1884 details some of his theological journey…

Fingers

This was a good movie. The whole movie was not, alas, as good as the below scene. But, how could it have been? The movie, in addition, features a lot of character actors “before” you knew them. An aside, the nerve of that guy; did he really think “Summertime, Summertime” didn’t go with his shrimp?

Part 1 reviewed our slowly declining economic growth rate while Part 2 revealed the long-term stability of federal tax receipts coupled to a recent decline to the point we’re paying less in federal taxes relative to the size of the economy than we have in sixty years, in spite of the creation of Medicare. We…

Bones Grow Together!

And start thankin’ God. Seriously, check out the 35 second mark in this video of a Robert Tilton “faith healing” (part of the Prime Time Live debunking I alluded to last post). After pastor Bob commands the fellow’s broken bones to “GROW TOGETHER,” he tells the guy to move his arms around and thank God.…