March 9, 2006

Or bills, in this case. It turns out that there are now two bills in the state legislature – HB 5606, sponsored by Rep. Palmer, which contains the “arguments for and against” language that will inevitably open the door to ID; and a Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Kuipers, that doesn’t yet have a bill designation and which doesn’t contain such language. 5606 has passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Education Committee, which is chaired by… Read more

March 9, 2006

As reported yesterday, three college students have been arrested for setting fire to 9 churches in Alabama (and possibly a 10th), and one of the students ridiculously claimed that their crimes were a “joke” that “got out of hand”. I thought it would be hard to top that idiotic statement, but religious right leader Rick Scarborough is giving it a hell of a try. This is from the text of an email he sent to his followers today: The War… Read more

March 9, 2006

I’m one of those folks who thinks that courses in comparative religion, or about the bible as literature, can be a valuable thing. Unfortunately, they just don’t work in the real world. There’s really only two ways to teach such a course. You either teach that the Bible is absolutely true (in which case you violate the first amendment’s establishment clause) or you teach about the Bible as you would any other book, by examining the historical context, the archaeological… Read more

March 8, 2006

The only thing funnier than the Sports Guy may be the Sports Guy’s readers, who have chipped in with a load of amusing questions in his latest mailbag. I love the way they draw connections between different aspects of popular culture with such accuracy. To wit, these two entries about Isiah Thomas: As a Knicks fan, I’m dying here. The best parallel I can make with Isiah Thomas’ tenure as GM is with Michael Jackson’s nose. The more they try… Read more

March 8, 2006

Three suspects have been arrested for burning down 9 churches in Alabama. All three were college students. One of them says that the fires were “a joke” that “got out of hand”. Uh, yeah. Hilarious joke. If they’re convicted, lock them up and throw away the key for a long, long time. Read more

March 8, 2006

AP has an interesting article that includes many quotes from Justice Breyer on the functioning of the new court under John Roberts. He says there’s more debate behind the scenes now, which is not a surprise. Insiders had long said that Rehnquist allowed very little debate during the justice’s conferences before assigning the opinions to be written. Scalia had long complained about that and lobbied for more open debate among the justices. Read more

March 8, 2006

Orac has the story on the latest attack on the Holocaust History Project, a group that fights the efforts of holocaust deniers. After over a year of cyber-attacks on their website, now their building was victimized by arsonists. I urge folks to send a donation along to the project to help them rebuild. Read more

March 8, 2006

Sorry about the lack of new posts, but I’m tied up at the moment with legislative issues here in Michigan. The house bill that includes language opening the door to ID was passed by the house last week and sent to the Senate. We are awaiting today the release of a separate bill by the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which may or may not include similar language. We don’t know at this point which of the two bills… Read more

March 8, 2006

By executive order, President Bush has created the “Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security”. Apparently it hasn’t occured to him that the primary enemy against which DHS ostensibly protects us is also a faith-based initiative. Read more

March 8, 2006

David Berlinski may be one of the lesser known ID advocates, but he is surely the one who is easiest to dislike. The man has turned the striking of a pompous pose into an art form. If you want to see his gift for ignorance-fueled condescension on full display, check out this post where he interviews himself. If you can walk away from reading that without wanting to smack him (metaphorically, of course), I suggest you read it again. It… Read more

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