Judge Jones' doubletalk about Intelligent Design
Judge Jones' Kitzmiller v. Dover opinion says,
After a searching review of the record and applicable caselaw, we find that while ID arguments may be true, a proposition on which the court takes no position, ID is not science. We find that ID fails on three different levels, any one of which is sufficient to preclude a determination that ID is science. They are: (1) ID violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation; (2) the argument of irreducible complexity, central to ID, employs the same flawed and illogical contrived dualism that doomed creation science in the 1980's; and (3) ID's negative attacks on evolution have been refuted by the scientific community. . . . (page 64 of opinion, emphasis added)
. . . . We therefore find that Professor Behe's claim for irreducible complexity has been refuted in peer-reviewed research papers and has been rejected by the scientific community at large . . . . Additionally, even if irreducible complexity had not been rejected, it still does not support ID as it is merely a test for evolution, not design. (page 79, emphasis added))
So Judge Jones said that irreducible complexity is an argument that is "central to ID" and that he "takes no position" on whether "ID arguments may be true," and then he contradicts himself by taking the position that "Professor Behe's claim for irreducible complexity has been refuted in peer-reviewed research papers and has been rejected by the scientific community at large." And while he said that irreducible complexity is "central to ID," he also said that irreducible complexity "does not support ID as it is merely a test for evolution." Sheeeesh -- give me a break.
Believe it or not, the Darwinists are still crowing about the Dover decision. The decision was extensively cited by a letter that biology professors sent to Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and in an editorial in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.