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Victory for science!

Filed under: — The Hierophant @ 11:17 am

Still waiting on the full text, but the Dover decision is in, and so far, the news is good.

(By still waiting, I mean still waiting for it to load - it’s a huge freaking decision.)

The evidence at trial demonstrates that ID is nothing less than the progeny of creationism. (Pg 31)

Thank you, sanity.

Ah, here’s the good stuff, from page 136:

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.


(Via The Panda’s Thumb.)

7 Responses to “Victory for science!”

  1. The Hermit Says:

    I never really expected anything different, at least from this one anyway…

  2. The Hierophant Says:

    Yea, the nice thing is how broad it is. This is pretty much a straight out “ID is not constitutional” ruling, which is the best we could possibly have asked for.

  3. ChibiDan Says:

    Beautiful indeed. You think SCOTUS is next or will they mull this beating with a glass of fine logic?

  4. The Hierophant Says:

    I appreciate your metaphor, but I don’t think it makes any sense…

    And I don’t see SCOTUS overturning this one.

  5. Rhadamanthos Says:

    Oh, and the Discovery Institute has issued a Press Release about it.

    Guess what? They call him an activist judge.

    Weren’t you surprised? I know I was.

  6. Rhadamanthos Says:

    Oh, and in a moment of serendipity, this post is entry 1123, the first four digits of the Fibonacci sequence.

    5, eureka!

  7. The Hierophant Says:

    The best part of the DI’s extremely predictable response?

    Jones predicted it:

    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.


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