January 13, 2004

The True.Origins website – a ripoff of the Talk.Origins Archive that I’m involved with – has posted an article about “debate dodgers”. This is something that is quite common in creationist circles – make a ridiculous “challenge” to their opponents and then crow about how cowardly those heathen infidel evilutionists are not to take them up on it. This is merely the latest round of this well-worn tactic and it comes, not surprisingly to anyone who has followed the issue… Read more

January 12, 2004

Intelligent design advocates have been furiously busy trying to find a way to sneak their views into science classrooms around the country. In Kansas, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and several other states, they have tried a variety of tactics to get in to the curriculum. But if this is any indication of what they want to do with education, I’m not sure whether to be alarmed or amused…. William Dembski is one of the leading voices of the IDC… Read more

January 10, 2004

The first link on my list of other blogs is Jason Van Steenwyk’s Iraqnow blog. Jason is an Army officer serving in Iraq around Ramadi. Unlike most of the military bloggers, Jason is an excellent writer with a degree in literature and an engaging mind. His blog is enormously valuable because it gives us a picture of what life on the ground is like for the troops serving there. The best thing about his blog, in my view, is that… Read more

January 9, 2004

Ignored in the justifiable attention being paid to foreign Muslim terrorists after 9/11, domestic Christian terrorists have taken a backseat in terms of media coverage. How many people know that in 2001, 3 of the 10 names on the FBI Most Wanted List were anti-abortion zealots? Not many, I imagine. Clayton Waagner was one of them, recently convicted of sending over 400 anthrax threat letters to Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups and clinics. Eric Robert Rudolph was captured last… Read more

January 8, 2004

In the midst of a flap over Howard Dean’s sudden conversion to the summonings of the spirit, Sandra Jacoby has an op-ed piece in the Times that includes something I’ve long said about the secular nature of the Constitution. She writes,The 18th-century public’s understanding of the Constitution as a secular document can perhaps best be gauged by the reaction of religious conservatives at the time. For example, the Rev. John M. Mason, a fire-breathing New York City minister, denounced the… Read more

January 7, 2004

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Hewlett-Packard’s right to fire an employee who insisted on posting anti-gay bible verses on his office cubicle in response to the company having posters encouraging respect for diversity in the office building he worked in. The diversity campaign, as the Chronicle reports, was the sort of empty sloganeering that anyone in the corporate world is used to seeing:The conflict started in 2000 after the company began implementing a diversity policy that was… Read more

January 6, 2004

Salon.com has an article today on Howard Ahmanson, the reclusive savings and loan heir who has spent millions to promote religious right causes in America. In addition to his enormous support of seemingly any anti-gay organizations he can find, Ahmanson is well known to those of us who are active in the evolution/creationism battle because he is the primary money man behind the Discovery Institute (DI), the Seattle-based think tank at the forefront of advocating Intelligent Design Creationism (IDC). The… Read more

January 5, 2004

Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who blogs, has an excellent article in the National Review Online. He correctly points out that constitutional law is a good deal more complex than we often hear from conservatives throwing out such noble-sounding but mostly meaningless catchphrases as “original intent” and “strict construction”. Speaking of the free speech clause of the first amendment, Volokh writes,This also shows the error of faulting liberal judges for “making up the law” in this area. Unfortunately, the… Read more

January 3, 2004

Yes folks, Pat Robertson has once again been confabbing with God and he has reported on the 700 Club that God has told him that Bush will win the 2004 election easily:”I think George Bush is going to win in a walk. I really believe I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be like a blowout election in 2004.”And lest you think God is merely in the business of handicapping elections, Pat even implies that Bush is in office… Read more

December 29, 2003

The LA Times continues its investigative series on politicians misusing their office with an expose` on Ted Stevens, the enormously powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and how he has become quite wealthy by starting businesses that benefit from legislation his committee passes. Among the other things they uncovered• Armed with the power his committee posts give him over the Pentagon, Stevens helped save a $450-million military housing contract for an Anchorage businessman. The same businessman made Stevens a… Read more

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