Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2011

At least for now, the battle over the science textbooks in Texas has been won by the good guys. The Texas Freedom Network reports that there was one bit of unfinished business that had to be cleared up: As we told you late last month, the State Board of Education approved instructional materials in science…

Huntsman: I Believe in Evolution

Former Utah Governor John Huntsman distinguished himself from every other Republican presidential candidate in the race with this Tweet in response to Rick Perry’s inane babbling: To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy. This, of course, makes him entirely unelectable in the GOP today.

At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Rick Perry was asked about creationism and he stepped in it yet again. I don’t know why this woman used her son to ask these questions rather than asking them herself, but here’s what happened: Among the protestors at this morning’s meet and greet in Portsmouth, N.H., a…

Here’s an interesting fact given my past criticism of the dishonest PR done by Liberty University over the success of their debate team. The former coach of that team when it was getting all that ridiculous press about being ranked #1 — “above Harvard” — was Brett O’Donnell, who is now one of Michele Bachmann’s…

Rick Perry the Creationist

Now that Rick Perry has officially announced he’s running for the Republican nomination for president, the Texas Freedom Network looks at his long history of promoting creationism in public school science classrooms. “Recognizing that evolution is a theory, and not claimed by anyone to be more than that, the governor believes it would be a…

Tonight’s Meetup in Washington DC

Here’s the scoop on tonight’s meet and greet in Washington DC. The location is the Tonic restaurant in Foggy Bottom, right by GWU. The address is 2036 G Street NW, in the Quigley’s Pharmacy building. It’s within walking distance of Lisner auditorium, where some of us will be seeing Penn Gillette speak at 7 pm.…

More Fun With Flood Geology

In the comment thread on an earlier post about flood geology, I posed the following question to David Buckna: I have a simple question for David Buckna: Which geological strata were deposited by the flood? What are the beginning and ending boundaries? The general YEC position is that humans and dinosaurs lived together than dinosaurs…

I had a revealing email exchange with David Buckna, our recent young earth creationist commenter from the great white north, on Saturday evening. He was upset that some of his posts weren’t going through and I explained to him that comments with multiple links always get moderated, I wasn’t doing anything to prevent them from…

Answering the ID Quiz

Vincent Torley at Uncommon Descent offers a short quiz about intelligent design, so let’s answer it. 1. On a scale of 0 (diehard disbeliever) to 10 (firm believer), how would you rate your level of belief in Intelligent Design? (Minimal Definition of Intelligent Design: The idea that certain features of the universe and of living…

Coming to DC

I’m flying to Washington DC on Sunday morning for work and flying back home Wednesday morning. I should have time available in the evenings if any of the locals there want to get together. Going to see Penn Gillette on Tuesday night, then getting together with some of the Center for Inquiry folks afterwards. Email…