Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2011

Big Bad Bob Enyart

PZ writes about a guy showing up at his blog challenging him to debate Bob Enyart, a completely whacko evangelist from Colorado. I first encountered Enyart when he had a TV show syndicated on Christian stations, including one on the cable where I was living about 15 years ago. It was endlessly amusing. I used…

The Madness of Ron Wyatt

I’m sure you’ve noticed an amusing commenter by the name of Elijah Saatori recently. He showed up in the comments of my post about Nick Matzke and displayed some serious crazy and stupid. Turns out he’s a Ron Wyatt acolyte, leaving a link to this post about Wyatt discovering the real Noah’s Ark. And he…

Ellis Washington Projects About Projection

Here’s one of the funniest things you’ll read this week. Our old friend Ellis Washington writes about Richard Dawkins, the wingnuts and their ignorant stance on evolution in his latest column. Dawkins, in ablog entry, attacked Perry: There is nothing unusual about Gov. Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every…

Creationism on Dallas School Website

The Dallas Observer reports on creationist material found on a teacher’s online bulletin board in the Dallas public schools: Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all. What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the…

Hovind Crony Blathers About Attenborough

While Kent Hovind serves time in the big house — and no, I don’t mean U of M’s football stadium — he has others continuing his perfect track record of saying things that are either utterly dishonest or mind-numbingly idiotic. One of them is Paul Taylor, who is now attacking Sir David Attenborough in the…

Not So Pyrrhic Victory in Texas

My friend Dan Quinn, who does such a great job as the communications director of the Texas Freedom Network, emailed me after my post the other day about the new law in Texas that allows local school boards to purchase textbooks not approved by the State board of Education. He said that while TFN shares…

British Scientists Fight Creationism

The Guardian reports that prominent British scientists are stepping up their response to creationism in schools there. Prominent scientists, including Sir David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, have called on the government to toughen its guidance on the promotion of creationism in classrooms, accusing “religious fundamentalists” of portraying it as scientific theory in publicly funded schools.…

A Pyrrhic Victory in Texas?

My friends at the Texas Freedom Network are celebrating the passage of a bill in Texas that they say will reduce the influence of the State Board of Education on textbook purchases: The new law establishes an “instructional materials allotment” for each school district. Districts can use their allotments to continue buying state-approved textbooks as…

Dennis Prager Hearts Me

Get a load of this hilariously mis-aimed email I just received: Dear Ed, Greetings on behalf of Dennis Prager and the entire faculty at Prager University! In case you weren’t already aware, Prager University seeks to create a better understanding and appreciation of our unique American Judeo-Christian value system by leveraging the viral power of…

Clarence Darrow on Eugenics

John Pieret, an old friend of this blog, has reprinted a 1926 article written by Clarence Darrow where he condemns the idea of eugenics in terms both brilliant and devastating. One of the things that jumps out is how similar the rhetoric was then and now, only with different ethnic groups being the target.