Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Judge cuts through the ID BS

Some good news for a change. A judge in Dover Pensylvania has ruled that "Intelligent Design" cannot be taught in public schools there. Score one for reason. It's refreshing to see the judge come out with a clear, unequivocal statement that ID is not science, but is merely an unethical wink-and-a-nudge attempt to "dress up" supernatural creationism in the mantle of science so that it can be taught in the public schools. He said:
We find that the secular purposes claimed by the Board amount to a pretext for the Board's real purpose, which was to promote religion in the public school classroom...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.
Cue: outraged right-wingers decrying "activist judges."


Gunner said...

You might want to figure out what your talking about before you state your opinion.

This "decision" is laughable. The justification for it is based on a wacko decision made by Justice O'Conner. She held that if "anyone" is offended by and speech invoking any topic that may/may not involve religion or the existence of a higher deity, that speech cannot be heard in a public institution.

Take that in. Mull it over. Redicuolus.

This decision and ones like it do nothing more than prevent the free and open discussion of ideas in the one place where ideas should be expressed openly and freely. Schools.

In this case, the objections was over a single paragraph read in Septemebr which stated, that while Evolution is the established "theory" at this time, there are other theories including "intellgient design."

Unreal. I haven't been to Church in 20 years, I am not religious. But I think this shit is appalling. Activist judges are takion educational choices away from school boards, parents, teachers and students. Absolutely unreal and very scary.

CC said...

Wow, when I said "Cue: outraged right wingers decrying activist judges," I didn't really think I'd hook one so fast. Less than ten minutes! And he actually used the words "activist judges" in his rant! +50 points!

Listen, I know it galls you, but the fact is that the judge called it as it is. The ID supporters were trying to sneak in their personal religious dogma as required curriculum. You know it, I know it, the ID supporters know it, and the judge knew it. He rightfully put the kibosh on their attempted subterfuge, spanked their little bottoms, and sent them on their way. And the "parents and teachers" you're so concerned about ousted the ID supporters from the school board for trying such a slimy move in the first place.

Like it or not, this one turned out right. Be thankful. The next people trying to insert their religion into your kid's classroom might have dogmatic beliefs different from your own, and then you'll be glad there are judges trying to keep the science curriculum based on evidence and research rather than on opinion and faith.