Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Decision in Dover (PA not DE)Amy alerts us to a victory, not just for science, but for the Truth. Go tell it, your honor: Repeatedly ... scientific experts testified that the theory of evolution represents good science, is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community, and that it in no way conflicts with, nor does it deny, the existence of a divine creator. But, but, but ... Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy. A smackdown is delivered upon IDologists: The breathtaking inanity of the Board's decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has not 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. Means and ends, people: (S)everal (members of the board), who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy. They can't make a dent in the scientific community, so they try an end run around in the political arena. This would be like a team losing about ten yards on a trick play, then being flagged for holding to boot.