January 4, 2005

I’ll be gone most of the day on business. Have a great day everyone. Read more

January 3, 2005

Contrary to the hysterically overblown view so common on the religious right (a view intentionally planted there by frauds and hucksters like Pat Robertson), the ACLU regularly goes to court to defend Christian churches and organizations. I’ve mentioned in the past their work on behalf of Jerry Falwell (himself a fraud and a huckster, but the Constitution covers his right to be one as well) against the City of Lynchburg to overturn a city ordinance limiting the amount of property… Read more

January 3, 2005

I find this pretty funny. Someone told John Scalzi that there were no Christian lawyers who worked for the ACLU because the ACLU hates Christianity and wants to stamp it out (typical right wing nonsense, of course). So Scalzi promptly posted a message asking Christian lawyers who work for the ACLU to step forward and he would donate a dollar per lawyer, up to $200, for each one that did. He quickly had the first one, and shortly thereafter another…. Read more

January 3, 2005

Sometimes you read something that is so absurd that you think that’s just as bad as it could possibly get. Then you go down a level and find out that they can top it. To borrow a phrase from Hindu mythology, it’s stupidity all the way down. Such is the case with Kelly Hollowell, intrepid Worldnutdaily columnist and two-time winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award). Her latest column on the recent tsunami and… Read more

January 2, 2005

Chief Justice William Rehnquist has released his annual report on the state of the judiciary, and I was glad to see that he made a point of responding to growing threats to the independence of the courts. With no fewer than four bills pending in Congress that would attempt to strip the court of jurisdiction in various types of cases, there is a very real threat of a constitutional crisis brewing. Rehnquist points out that there is a long history… Read more

January 2, 2005

A group of over 100 parents in Cupertino, California have put up a website to respond to the innumerable inaccurate media reports of the situation in their schools that is the subject of a lawsuit by teacher Steven Williams, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF’s highly dishonest press release, titled Declaration of Independence Banned from Classroom, began the typical media frenzy surrounding such cases, most of it blindly accepting the nonsense in that story. The website includes letters… Read more

January 2, 2005

I love having two of my favorite writers posting on the same blog. Rowe is guest blogging at Sandefur’s Freespace this week and the two of them have really been cranking out some great stuff. Sandefur takes on conservatism (real conservatism, not the political variety) and points out the classical liberal foundations of the Constitution. Then Rowe has a brief post on textualism and original intent. Next, Sandefur goes after Robert Bork, much to my delight. Finally, Rowe looks at… Read more

January 2, 2005

Carl Zimmer has another stellar post on his blog, this one about the evolution of the immune system. It’s a review of this article (PDF format) by Klein and Nikolaidis, entitled The descent of the antibody-based immune system by gradual evolution. This article points up a very important point that I was making in an exchange in the comments a few weeks ago, about nested heirarchies as a powerful line of evidence for evolution. All animals, living or dead, can… Read more

December 31, 2004

So says the BBC: The Spanish government has approved a draft law which will legalise homosexual marriages. The bill gives same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children. The Roman Catholic Church and conservative opposition have fiercely opposed the move, which opinion polls suggest has the public’s support. If the bill is approved by parliament, it will make Spain the third EU country to authorise gay marriages. And naturally, the opposition is making the… Read more

December 31, 2004

Jon Rowe is guesting on Sandefur’s blog this week and has this essay on the dual influence of Christian and Pagan sources in American history. I think he nails the issue almost completely. Like him, I thought the ACLU’s lawsuit threat against LA County over their seal was pretty silly. But in most cases, the ACLU is right on church and state issues, despite the often hysterical overreactions from the religious right. Read more

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