Archives for February, 2011

As Gnasty As They Wanna Be

Chris Schoen: before we … endorse Coyne’s self-congratulation for never having “criticized an evolutionist, writer, or scholar in an ad hominem manner,” it’s worth taking a quick glance at his blog, where it’s hard to find a post that doesn’t devolve into ad hom (unless it’s about kittens). Starting with the most recent example, earlier…

Conservatives against tradition

Martin Cothran – proponent of patriarchy, hyper of the heteronormative, crusader for creationists, water-carrier for women-haters, doyen of defenders of Holocaust deniers, troubadour of traitors – thinks I should insult him more classily. If he’s serious about that, he needs to do different sorts of offensive things. How many ways are there to call him out…

Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson interviews the man behind HB 549. Rep. Read explains that he didn’t seek scientific comment before drafting his bill, and that he decided the legislature had to declare that global warming is not happening, is not caused by humans, and is good for Montana anyway because: We can’t wait for this…

John Pieret on Russell Blackford on Accommodating Incompatiblism. Russell writes: religion needs to be constantly reinterpreted to maintain even logical consistency with our empirically-based secular knowledge. This process in itself leaves religious beliefs looking ad hoc and implausible. John notes: But, wait a minute, doesn’t science constantly reinterpret itself to maintain consistency with empirically-based knowledge?…

HB 549, introduced by Rep. Joe Reed, has been referred to the state legislature’s Natural Resources comittee: A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: “AN ACT STATING MONTANA’S POSITION ON GLOBAL WARMING; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.” BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA: NEW SECTION. Section 1. Public policy concerning…

My Darwin Day talk

Last Sunday, I talked at Kol Hadash, a secular Jewish community, about NCSE’s recent work in the creation/evolution trenches. Our intrepid communications director Robert Luhn was there to film it, and has posted video of the talk to our Youtube channel. The Q&A will follow. A big shout out to a South Dakota student who…

Kansas v. Darwin

If you haven’t seen Kansas v. Darwin, the documentary about the Kansas science standards fight from 2005, you can stream it for free from the filmmaker’s website. Why not invite some friends over, stream the movie, and talk about what you’d all do if it happened in your neck of the woods? NCSE has some…

“A republic if you can keep it”

I closed my reflections on Egypt with the title’s Ben Franklin quotation. And I want to expand on that point briefly, because there’s often confusion about what it takes to make a republic. We sometimes think that a nation has become a democratic republic because it elects its leaders and has a constitution that checks…

Thoughts from Kairo

From Nadia El-Awady’s twitter feed on this first full day of freedom in Egypt: An amazing thing happened yesterday. My country is free. For the first time in its history it is free. (cont) This came about in the most wonderful way. We did not have a military coup. A foreign country did not invade…

Former Egyptian Vice President Suleiman, 4:02 pm, local Egyptian time, 2/11/2011: In these difficult circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave the position of the presidency. He has commissioned the armed forces council to direct the issues of the state. Statement From the Supreme Council of the Egyptian…