Archives for December, 2011

Does Jerry Coyne read his own blog?

If he does, he might remember that he already wrote this blog post. That was less than a year ago. I responded then, so have little to add. One thing is worth noting. Coyne’s complaint is that the government is funding “accommodationism” because one page on the award-winning and widely loved Understanding Evolution website addresses…

Satanism” title=”Richard Dawkins -> Satanism” /> Richard Dawkins has a new book out – for kids no less – and Casey Luskin is on the case. Luskin, you’ll recall is the Disco. ‘tute’s chief pettifogger (in the classical sense), and his tendency to work himself into uncanny heights of excitement over every new creationist argument…

Research methodology 101

Shorter Jerry Coyne: Whence moderate Islam?: You’d think MEMRI’s archives would be a great place to find the ?moderate? form of Islam in the Middle East, but all I get from the right-wing propaganda shop dedicated to putting “emphasis on the continuing relevance of Zionism to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel”…

On Civility

Just under a year ago, I quoted and endorsed Stephen Post’s argument that lack of civility isn’t the problem we face in society, that incivility is a symptom, not an end unto itself. Civility matters, and there are good reasons to urge people to be more civil in their interactions, and to model that behavior…

Stay classy, Cothran

Martin Cothran – sometimes contributor to the Disco. ‘tute blog, staffer for the Kentucky affiliate of Focus on the Family, general-purpose bigot, purported logic teacher – doesn’t like Michael Shermer. Responding to an op-ed by Shermer, he writes: Secularist atheists are all about having a “steely-eyed visage.” …The problem is that, while a few secularists…