December 20, 2005

Intelligent Design: Rejected in Court

As Patti said when she sent along the link: Logic Prevails. Hand in hand, sanity has prevailed.

In short, a court found that the scientific justification for teaching “Intelligent Design” was lacking. They concluded that, in fact, ID is a repackaging of Creationism, which is not part of a science curriculum (and, in fact, is illegal to teach in a science context).

Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum must include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said.

Several members repeatedly lied to cover their motives even while professing religious beliefs, he said.

This verdict drives yet another stake into the heart of the ID vampire, following the ouster of the board members who forced the issue into the Pennsylvania school system.

(And, yes: what this means is that the court decided that “Intelligent Design” doesn’t even qualify as a scientific theory. Remember that the next time someone tells you evolution is a theory.)

Posted by James at December 20, 2005 1:04 PM
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While I certainly agree with the outcome, I'm not sure how much of an active role I want the government to have in making macro or micro content decisions (make sure everyone has the opportunity to receive an adequate education with adequate funding - yes - letting the content of that education be determined by a political system with a less than pure agenda - I'm not so sure.)

I hope this isn't a precedent that points us down a slippery slope of mandating certain books be included or excluded from literature class, to name but one example.

Posted by: Jim at December 20, 2005 4:06 PM

The law is the way society decides these things, and it exists within a political system.

The government isn't going to fund schools without understanding that they are providing an acceptable (by its standards) education.

That's why it's important for us to remain vigilant about how the government understands "acceptable education" when it comes to science.

Posted by: James at December 20, 2005 4:23 PM

You are of course right. The feds are out of hand, and are accelerating the process of me turning into a bitter, cynical old man.

In this case, it was even the "scientific" whims of people in Kansas, or the book banning whims of people in Mississippi, but the local school board who was responsible, which speaks even stronger to your argument/solution. If it were only as simply as going around and giving people a good whack with the clue stick now and again...

Posted by: Jim at December 20, 2005 8:18 PM

You'll always be a bitter young guy to me.

Posted by: James at December 20, 2005 8:29 PM

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