Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?


It cannot be our only response, and it cannot be our primary response, but at least a part of our response to people like Clifford Russell must be to offer them a chance to be saved — to find redemption, liberation and salvation. [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

Two graphs illustrating the relationship between bigotry and stupidity

Andrew Gelman of Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science brings us the “(Worst) graph of the year.” It’s a graph that purports to show the tendency toward violent militancy of “pious and devout” believers from various world religions. Which is to say it’s a piece of execrable BS tossed together by anti-Muslim bigots who [Read More...]