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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Darwinists still crowing about Pyrrhic Dover victory

It may be hard to believe, but the Darwinists are today -- December 20 -- exultantly celebrating the 3rd anniversary of their Pyrrhic victory in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. [1] [2] . The Darwinists have even given the anniversary a name -- "Kitzmas" (I call it Kitschmas). The Discovery Institute's Evolution News & Views website has also marked the anniversary [3]. The Dover decision is not binding precedent outside of the Dover Area school district and the decision has aroused tremendous opposition to the dogmatic teaching of evolution. And the decision doesn't even have much value as non-binding precedent because it is just an unappealed decision of a single judge, and a bad decision at that. Several legal scholars -- including anti-ID and neutral legal scholars -- have severely criticized the decision. For example, anti-ID legal scholar Jay Wexler said that if one judge can practice philosophy of science, then what is to prevent other judges from doing the same? A judge could come along who says that Intelligent Design is a better explanation than evolution theory. IMO the main reason why there have been no new monkey trials in the three years since the Dover decision is that the opponents of the dogmatic teaching of evolution have learned how to "lawsuit-proof" criticisms of evolution.

The Dover decision was the result of factors that are not likely to be repeated: (1) the school board's selection of an obsolete ID book in which the terms "intelligent design" and "intelligent design proponent" were substituted for "creationism" and "creationist" respectively, and (2) a biased activist judge who copied the opinion's ID-as-science section nearly verbatim from the ACLU's opening post-trial brief and who showed extreme prejudice against ID and the Dover defendants -- regardless of whether or not ID is a religious concept -- by saying in a Dickinson College commencement speech that his Dover decision was based on his cockamamie notion that the Founders based the establishment clause upon a belief that organized religions are not "true" religions -- he said,
. . . this much is very clear. The Founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry. At bottom then, this core set of beliefs led the Founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state.

That Dickinson College speech alone was enough to completely discredit the Dover decision.

This blog has scores of articles about the Kitzmiller case and related subjects -- see the post-label list in the sidebar of the home page. Each post label represents up to 20 articles. The reason for the multiple listings of post labels for some subjects is that the Blogger.com template mode software that I am using is limited to 20 articles per post label. At first I didn't like this limit but I now like it because it keeps the post label groups at a manageable size.



Anonymous Michael said...

Kitzmiller v. Dover case is Christmas Eve for Darwinists...lol

Your right, the case is not binding in other localities. However, they are still upset over the critical thinking bill in LA.

Saturday, December 20, 2008 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

< Your right, the case is not binding ... >

His right to what?

Sunday, December 21, 2008 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

IMO it's a silly comment, but I guess you want everyone to see how clever you think you are, so I published it.

Substituting "your" for "you're" is a common mistake. A simple test for the correct usage is to substitute "you are" to see if it makes sense. Same with "its" and "it's."

Monday, December 22, 2008 12:58:00 AM  

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