Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cdesign Proponentsists

The amazing trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education in 2005 and the Intelligent Design vs. Evolution struggle here in the U.S. A landmark decision by a notoriously conservative judge, appointed by George W. Bush and Rick Santorum declared that "Intelligent Design" was nothing more than "Creationism" rebranded by folks who had no desire to further scientific education, but rather infuse christian doctrines into the science classroom.

The Ruling by Judge John E. Jones III:
The proper application of both the endorsement and Lemon tests to the facts of this case makes it abundantly clear that the Board'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.
Both Defendants and many of the leading proponents of ID make a bedrock assumption which is utterly false. Their presupposition is that evolutionary theory is antithetical to a belief in the existence of a supreme being and to religion in general. Repeatedly in this trial, Plaintiffs' scientific experts testified that the theory of evolution represents good science, is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community, and that it in no way conflicts with, nor does it deny, the existence of a divine creator.
To be sure, Darwin's theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions.
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.

NOVA has an incredible special on the whole ordeal and it is well worth watching:

PBS NOVA - Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Here another great link with more detailed information about the case and its implications:

Talk Origins Archive - Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District

Charles Darwin - Wikipedia

On The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin 1859

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