‘Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows’


Here was a tweet sent out Tuesday night: Obama reelected. For those shocked this wasn't a Romney landslide, I'd broaden your news viewing beyond @FoxNews. That wasn't written by a gloating liberal, but by a frustrated conservative -- Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Research. Stetzer is the chief number-cruncher for the Southern Baptist Convention. (You can think of him as the Southern Baptists' Nate Silver.) Stetzer measures things and reports on those measurements, that's his job. That job requires … [Read more...]

Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?


Meet Clifford Russell: "What's killing us is all these entitlements, we've got to get rid of all of them. All this welfare, food stamps, Medicare, and then big government health care on top of it, it's all just too much! When do we say enough is enough?”What do you mean, exactly, I ask him. You say people are suffering under Obama, don't they need some help?“No. No more help, enough is enough. People have to pick themselves up, take some responsibility. Why should we be paying for peo … [Read more...]

We can have political debate or politicized facts, but we can’t have both

This polar bear is neither liberal nor conservative. It's just a polar bear. (Photo by Ansgar Walk via Wikimedia Commons.)

First the bad news. In The New York Times, Leslie Kaufman reports on how zoos and aquariums are struggling to communicate the facts of climate change in a political climate that considers scientific facts to be matters of partisan dispute: American zoos and aquariums enjoy a high level of public trust and are ideally positioned to teach.Yet many managers are fearful of alienating visitors — and denting ticket sales — with tours or wall labels that dwell bleakly on damaged coral reefs, mel … [Read more...]

George Will is running out the clock on climate change

George Will is 71 years old. He's simply running out the clock.Yes, he's utterly and ridiculously wrong about climate change, but he's been denying it for so long that his denial of it has become an essential part of his identity -- how he perceives himself, how others perceive him, and how he perceives others' perception of him. So this would not be an easy thing to correct.He could try to correct it, but that would involve effort, education and embarrassment -- embarrassment that a … [Read more...]

David Barton says things that are not true

"Who is David Barton?" CNN's Dan Gilgoff asks.And then Gilgoff refuses to answer his own question.Instead, Gilgoff retreats into a wretched, flaccid display of false-equivalence, view-from-nowhere, opinions-on-the-shape-of-earth-differ non-journalism."Barton's work has drawn many critics," Gilgoff writes, in lieu of actual journalism.That's a remarkable sentence. It's like saying, "Bernie Madoff's investment skills have drawn many critics." Or, "Ty Cobb's sportsmanship has drawn … [Read more...]

More Fun with Karl and Joe

See Karl.Karl Giberson and colleague Randall J. Stephens say that the Earth is more than 10,000 years old. They say that humans and dinosaurs did not live together. They say that America's founders were not evangelical Christians and that Christianity is not established as America's official religion. They say that heterosexuality is not a choice.They also say that these aren't just their opinions. They insist that these are "facts," and that facts such as these are true whether or not … [Read more...]

Joe Carter says facts and truth are subjective matters of opinion

Joe Carter of First Things is horrified that Karl Giberson and Randall J. Stephens would dare to besmirch the honor of intellectual giants like David Barton, Ken Ham and James Dobson.Carter leaps to their defense with a two pronged strategy of First Things' usual self-aggrandizing  huff-and-puffery (calling their op-ed "the type of sophomoric, bias-confirming piece that no reputable publication would touch") and of some kind of post-postmodern radical rejection of all epistemology.The … [Read more...]

David Barton and Ken Ham aren’t mistaken, they’re just lying

Karl Giberson and Randall J. Stephens, who we discussed a few weeks ago in "Evangelicals vs. Science," have an op-ed column in today's New York Times on "The Evangelical Rejection of Reason." The Republican presidential field has become a showcase of evangelical anti-intellectualism. Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann deny that climate change is real and caused by humans. Mr. Perry and Mrs. Bachmann dismiss evolution as an unproven theory. ...The rejection of science seems to … [Read more...]