Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Unintelligent design gets kicked square in the genes...

First of all lets dispense with the bullshit before it begins. I'm a conservative Republican, raised Roman Catholic and a former career Marine. But what I am not is a blithering idiot, and the intelligent design fiasco has pissed me off for decades.

It is not science, does not propose we accept ALL mythologies as gospel, and is a not so veiled attempt at teaching creationism. But who's creationism? Why, the Judeo/Islam/Christian version, of course because over 98% of intelligent designers come from one of the above persuasions and want IT featured over the hundreds of other religious/mythological explanations of how the world began.

Science does not know how the world began, but has made significant strides in figuring it all out. Trial and error, and when errors ARE found, they are found by scientists and not preachers. Science is a self-healing discipline that simply loves proving old ideas wrong, and scientists are the first to admit when a better explanation comes along.

And even the judge in this case errs in describing Darwins work, and that's because most people do as they have been conditioned by all of the nonsense. The Theory of Evolution is no longer a theory and has not been for quite some time as it has been accepted as fact. Accepted by every mainstream scientist the world over. The Theory of Natural Selection remains a hotly debated subject, but most scientists feel it remains the best explanation to describe the evolutionary process. No educated person of good will disputes Darwin's evolutionary proposals, psst...to put it in simple terms it's the reason we get different flu shots every year...the little bastards evolve...but the very same people are still attempting to determine if the natural selection process is the key, or one of the keys to explaning how evolution works.

And just this morning, from the Federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Judge John Jones III handed down his ruling against the teaching of Intelligent Design:

"The proper application of both the endorsement and Lemon tests to the facts of this case makes it abundantly clear that the Board’s ID Policy violates the Establishment Clause. In making this determination, we have addressed the seminal question of whether ID is science. We have concluded that it is not, and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.
Both Defendants and many of the leading proponents of ID make a bedrock assumption which is utterly false. Their presupposition is that evolutionary theory is antithetical to a belief in the existence of a supreme being and to religion in general. Repeatedly in this trial, Plaintiffs’ 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.
To be sure, Darwin’s theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions.
The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, 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.
With that said, we do not question that many of the leading advocates of ID have bona fide and deeply held beliefs which drive their scholarly endeavors. Nor do we controvert that ID should continue to be studied, debated, and discussed. As stated, our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach ID as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.
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. 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.
To preserve the separation of church and state mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and Art. I, § 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, we will enter an order permanently enjoining Defendants from maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID. We will also issue a declaratory judgment that Plaintiffs’ rights under the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been violated by Defendants’ actions.
Defendants’ actions in violation of Plaintiffs’ civil rights as guaranteed to them by the Constitution of the United States and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 subject Defendants to liability with respect to injunctive and declaratory relief, but also for nominal damages and the reasonable value of Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ services and costs incurred in vindicating Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights."

John E. Jones III United States District Judge

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