INTELLIGENT DESIGN….A federal judge has struck down the Dover School Board’s attempt to mandate the teaching of Intelligent Design in Dover schools. Good for him. PZ Myers highlights a few pieces of the judge’s ruling:
First, while encouraging students to keep an open mind and explore alternatives to evolution, [the Board’s disclaimer] offers no scientific alternative; instead, the only alternative offered is an inherently religious one, namely, ID.
….The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. 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.
….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.
Amen. You can read the court’s full decision here.