Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Evolution 1 zillion, ID 0

In a decisive victory of science over bullshit, the Kitzmiller et al v. Dover School District case has been judged in favour of the Plaintiff. Here are some select passages from the Judge's ruling, which may be read in full here (but i warn you it's 139 pages):

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.

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.

(my bold)

So in summary, teaching Intelligent Design in a science classroom was found to be unconstitutional, ID was found to be untestable and grounded in religion, and IDiots were discovered to have lied on the stand to support their beliefs. I'm not kidding about the lying, there are already talks of perjury charges being levelled against some of the ID witnesses.

What a pity this can only be enforced in Pennsylvania. But Go Pennsylvania! anyway.

Oh, and there was a manifestation of his Great Noodliness in Baltimore, Mariland, an obvious foreshadowning sign of a rival being ousted by the courts. All Hail His Noodly Appendage, for ever and ever, ramen.


Blogger Weevil said...

Ramen to that. I see this decision as being a wealth of precedence for future (inevitable) cases. I am so glad the school board members responsible for this B.S. were removed from the board!

December 27, 2005 5:01 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

Indeed, his Noodliness moves in Mysterious Ways, His wonders to perform.

Amazingly (or not so really) the ID camp is alternately ignoring the ruling, making ad hominem attacks on the judge, or saying it doesn't matter and that public opinion is on their side.

December 27, 2005 5:08 PM  
Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

I would never advocate Intelligent Design, but as the Holy Spirit has indicated in messages on The Holy Inheritance blog, it is no more false than evolution. Human beings in their infinite littleness simply have no idea what is going on and how it all got started. Maybe that admission is where we will find peace.

December 28, 2005 1:43 AM  
Blogger moonflake said...

absolutely, the admission that we don't necessarily know what's going on is exactly what drives science to continue questioning, rather than accepting anything as dogma. But we're not looking for peace, we're looking for facts. If they don't bring us peace, so be it, at least it will be truth.

December 28, 2005 8:38 AM  

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