Judge Jones the hypocrite
Judge Jones derogatory remarks about the Dover school board members indirectly attack ID, all proponents of ID (particularly public officials), and all science-based challenges to evolution theory. An amicus brief submitted by 85 scientists in support of the defendants said, "....the scientific theory of intelligent design should not be stigmatized by the courts as less scientific than competing theories.......Doubts as to whether a theory adequately explains the evidence should be resolved by scientific debate, not by court rulings........As this litigation demonstrates, opponents of intelligent design frequently resort to ad hominem attacks, asserting that because some scientists hold religious views, their scientific work should be dismissed as merely 'religious.' " But Judge Jones paid no heed to that advice when he made his derogatory remarks about ID proponents. The opinion's following disclaimer does not compensate for those derogatory remarks: "....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."
Also, there has been a lot of ballyhoo about the fact that Judge Jones was featured on the cover of Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. Being on the cover of Time is not necessarily a desirable distinction -- past honorees of the Time Person of the Year award have included Adolf Hitler (1938), Josef Stalin (1939, 1942), and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979).
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