Tuesday, January 17, 2006


A momentous news day

Well, quite a lot has happened in the world of science, politics and religion today.

I'll start with one of the funniest things I've read in a long time:

Judge Alito shot John Paul II

I was pretty skeptical of this at first, but according to this site the error appeared in the Purdue Exponent, that school's student paper. Sure enough, a correction appears in that paper. Good stuff.

El Tejon settles lawsuit

The school in California that was teaching a class titled "Philosophy of Intelligent Design" dropped the class and agreed not to teach it in the future. I mentioned this class in my last entry. For more background, and for a very interesting history of press releases from the Discovery Institute about this case read this entry at Dispatches From the Culture Wars.

" My oh my, how the tune has changed. On January 9th, the class was a legitimate attempt to teach about intelligent design in a philosophy course and by trying to get it removed, the AU was engaged in "censorship" and trying to "separate students and science". Two days later, the class isn't about ID at all, it's "advocating young earth creationism" and it needs to be changed or cancelled."

US Supreme Court rules on Oregon assisted suicide case (from Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy)

The decision was 6-3, with Thomas, Scalia and Roberts dissenting.

The assisted suicide initiative was passed by Oregon voters twice. I'm very curious about how long it will take for opponents to label this the result of an activist court.

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