ID takes a beating
Who knows if we'll be talking about Dover, Pennsylvania in the future when we dust off our volume of The Last Throes of ID-As-Science and read it to our kids and grandkids.
Either way, Dover is where it's at.
First, the question over whether ID ought to be taught as science -- as a competing explanation for the origin of humans -- was defeated by voters, via the overturning of the pro-ID-as-science School Board a short while back.
And why do I keep inserting this mouthful "ID-as-science"? Because it's an important distinction that Creationists and ID-ers seldom mention: proponents of Evolution aren't seeking to obliterate and silence ID-ers, but merely to relegate the concept to its proper place, Theology.
The coalition, Dover CARES, that ran for, and won, the Dover School Board seats even included this statement in their platform:
"It should be noted that the incoming board members from the Dover CARES campaign have a platform plank saying that 'intelligent design' will be taught in Dover public schools. However, the venue of such instruction will not be the science classrooms, where it was out-of-place, but rather an elective course on comparative religion, where it fits perfectly."The latest blow to ID came in the form of a firm judicial slap:
"[This case, from the old Dover School Board that ID should be taught as science, makes] it abundantly clear that the BoardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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."The Judge, who categorically rejects the argument that Evolution somehow negates the existence of G-d, also questions the integrity of ID proponents and comments that "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." Read more excerpts from Ed [HERE].
The people spoke, the Justice system spoke, anyone else? (DFTCW)
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