September 24, 2005

The Discovery Institute really is frantic about the Dover case and it’s making them tell some real whoppers. The latest one is from DI director John West: Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute, which sponsors research on intelligent design, said the case displayed the ACLU’s “Orwellian” effort to stifle scientific discourse and objected to the issue being decided in court. “It’s a disturbing prospect that the outcome of this lawsuit could be that the court will try to tell… Read more

September 24, 2005

For the last couple weeks I’ve been dying to get my hands on a transcript of the NCBCPS press conference where they responded to the Texas Freedom Network’s criticism of their bible curriculum, mostly because I wanted to see what sort of stupid things Chuck Norris might have said. Last night I got an email from Ed Darrell that may explain why I can’t find one. He has it on the authority of Heather Alden, the TFN’s tireless media director,… Read more

September 24, 2005

If PZ Myers gave out a version of the Robert O’Brien Trophy, he would no doubt award it to Timothy Birdnow, the author of a delightfully idiotic anti-evolution screed in, of all places, a webmag called The American Thinker. PZ shredded the poor sap in a post, prompting the guy to start a separate weblog for the sole purpose of defending himself against those criticisms. Now PZ has taken aim at him again, and rightfully so. In his initial post,… Read more

September 24, 2005

And it tells me nothing I didn’t already know: You are a Social Liberal (73% permissive) and an… Economic Conservative (60% permissive) You are best described as a: Libertarian Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating Link Read more

September 23, 2005

The Federal court case over teaching intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania – potentially the most important legal case in this area since 1987’s Edwards decision outlawed the teaching of creationism in public school science classrooms – begins on Monday (sidenote to Dan – no continuance as of today, so it looks like you owe me dinner). To help folks keep up with developments in the case, the NCSE has put together a webpage with links to news stories, briefs filed… Read more

September 23, 2005

Damn it all, why don’t I get good hate mail like Paul Phillips does? The misspellings, the poor grammar, the obvious misreading of what Paul said….it’s priceless. Read more

September 23, 2005

Wiley Bennett, pastor of Woodland Hill Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, welcomed Katrina evacuees into his community with these words on the message sign in front of his church: “The Big Easy is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.” I’m sure Jesus would be proud. (link) To be fair, one must note that there are thousands of good Christian people (as well as many non-Christians) working diligently to help the people devestated by the hurricane and the churches have done… Read more

September 23, 2005

A Christian school in California has expelled a 14 year old student because she has two lesbian parents: Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship,” The Los Angeles Times reported in Friday’s edition. I dare say they’ll be hard pressed to find any set of parents – or people in general -… Read more

September 23, 2005

A new curriculum for a public school bible course elective has been released by the Bible Literacy Project. Unlike the NCBCPS curriculum, this one was actually written by scholars. It’s endorsed by respectable and reasonable legal analysts like Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center and Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, which is far more credible than the ADF hacks who would endorse a pile of shit if they thought it supported Christianity. I haven’t actually seen this… Read more

September 22, 2005

Mark Olson has responded to my reply to his post juxtaposing a “rights” position with an “ethics” position. Unfortunately, he still misunderstands the reason why I say his dichotomy is false. He concludes: Have I answered the claim of “false dichotomy”? Clearly Rights based legal thinking exists. Clearly Ethics based legal thinking exists. Mr Brayton clearly opposes many Ethics based laws. Others, at the very least those who penned those laws, disagree. Thus dichotomy must exist, for we have two… Read more

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