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KvD: Plaintiffs (and Science Education) Win!
Submitted by Wesley R. Elsberry on Tue, 2005-12-20 15:05.
(From "The Austringer":)
In a clearly-argued decision, Judge John E. Jones III ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District case.
Back in 2004, Casey Luskin and I had lunch. One of the topics of conversation was the legal status of "intelligent design" and how a court case might turn out. Casey argued that since ID had no explicit mention of the identity of the "designer" as God and no explicit use of scripture, it would have no trouble in court. I argued that the history of commonality with creationism and the identity of the arguments between the two would be found to put ID in violation of the establishment clause. I'm happy to report that Judge Jones concurs with me and not Casey.
The decision runs to 139 pages. Within those pages, Jones finds that the DASD "intelligent design policy" failed the "endorsement test" for both a reasonable student observer and a reasonable adult observer, failed both the "purpose" and "effect" prongs of the Lemon test, fails to meet the standards of the Pennsylvania state constitution, that evolution is compatible with belief in a divine creator, demonstrated that "intelligent design" fails to reach the status of science, and finds that "intelligent design" is simply a new label for the old content of creationism. The decision is a wonderful read, reminiscent of the quality of the Overton decision in the 1982 McLean v. Arkansas case.
Panda's Thumb has several new articles and an update to the "Waterloo in Dover" article. However, server traffic has out-run the available bandwidth this morning.
And Glenn Branch tells me that Dembski may owe him a bottle of Scotch over a wager from 2002.
Another point: the decision also finds that the "teach the controversy" stuff is illegitimate.
Antievolutionists Say the Darndest Things
Antievolutionists often express outrage over alleged incivility from those who oppose their efforts to evade the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But they have no difficulty in dishing out the abuse themselves. Here is a sample from the Invidious Comparisons thread that documents egregious behavior on the part of the religious antievolution advocates.
Dembski, as the director of the center, also commented on the report in a one-paragraph e-mail message following its release. "The report marks the triumph of intelligent design as a legitimate form of academic inquiry. This is a great day for academic freedom," Dembski began. He concluded by observing that "Dogmatic opponents of design who demanded the Center be shut down have met their Waterloo. Baylor University is to be commended for remaining strong in the face of intolerant assaults on freedom of thought and expression."