Tuesday, December 20, 2005

ID Unmasked

On tonight's season finale of FX's Nip/Tuck (it's a guilty pleasure - sue me), we are to learn the identity of "The Carver," a serial rapist/mutilator, in a last-minute reveal worthy of the original black and white version of Phantom of the Opera. Alas, it will not be the most dramatic unmasking of the day.

In Harrisburg, a federal judge issued his decision in the Dover school board case involving the injection of "Intelligent Design" into science classes. In a whopping 139-page opinion, Judge John E. Jones, III completely ripped ID apart, concluding that it is not science and has no place in a public school science class. This was no bland application of settle law to found facts. This was a completely intellectual destruction of ID, which Jones unmasked as simply being Creationism with a new mask. The entire opinion is filled with great quotes, but one of the concluding paragraphs (on pages 137-138) sums it up:

Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy. The breathtaking inanity of the Board's decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.
The emphasis is mind. Just in time for Christmas!

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