Tuesday, December 20, 2005

ID Bench-Slapped

You may have heard that the former school board of Dover, PA (former because they got booted for being kooks, most likely) had instituted an "All Intelligent Design, all the time" biology curriculum. (Introducing "NutraScience"tm brand, artificial learning supplement. Warning: Contains Religion-like substances.) This being America, certain parents sued. Today, a federal district court judge ruled on the matter. A snippet:
The breathtaking inanity of the board's decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial . . . The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.
As Clint Eastwood might say, "Don't go away mad. Just go away."

In reading the opinion, it is clear that the judge will be branded as an anti-religious activist. That is, if Pat Robertson fails to have him smitten from above. The fact that he is applying voluminous precedent invalidating "creation science" claptrap as state endorsement of religion will be ignored. Activism will once again mean "judgifying I don't like."

Incidentally, I was struck by something in the opinion. In Arkansas, it was illegal to teach evolution in public schools until 1968. 1968. That just blows my mind.

1 comment:

Frankie said...

Intelligent Design...hmmm...while I don't believe in it, its mere existance makes me question Darwinism...how did the people who came up with I.D. manage to slip through the cracks and survive evolution? Huh? HUH?

Help me Jeebus.