Proud to be Pennsylvanian

or Smack Down in Dover

Well, the federal judge appointed by George W. Bush handed down his ruling on the Dover School Board evolution / intelligent design case today. I will now quote from his ruling.

"After a searching review of the record and applicable caselaw, we find that while ID arguments may be true, a proposition on which the Court takes opposition, ID is not science. We find that ID fails on three different levels, any one of which is sufficient to preclude a determination that ID is science. They are:(1) ID violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation; (2) the argument of irreducible complexity, central to ID, employs the same flawed and illogical contrived dualism that doomed creation science in the 1980's; and (3) ID's negative attacks on evolution have been refuted by the scientific community."

Of course 'Activist Judge' and 'Anti-Christian bias' and 'scientists want us to eat baby jesus' ranting will now begin in the right wing noise machine. Idiots will begin to parrot Rush Limbaugh in poorly written letters to the editor. Logical fallacies will be fruitful and multiply (the Christianists won't let them use condoms) and the Right's favorite person, Straw-Man, will be brought out again. Poor guy doesn't get the holidays (yeah, that's right, the HOLIDAYS) off. Anyway, it's good to know that some shred of reason still survives.

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