Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another Federal Judge Takes Ball, Nails Creationists

After already being nailed by the people of Dover, PA, the creationists got slammed a second time in a ruling that I just can't paraphrase:
But the judge 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.”

The disclaimer, he said, "singles out the theory of evolution for special treatment, misrepresents its status in the scientific community, causes students to doubt its validity without scientific justification, presents students with a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory, directs them to consult a creationist text as though it were a science resource and instructs students to forgo scientific inquiry in the public school classroom and instead to seek out religious instruction elsewhere."
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“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,” he wrote.

A new Deputy in Mount Airy, North Carolina (click here for his picture in his new job), former board member William Buckingham is so mad he could spit.
“[Darn it, Andy,] I’m still waiting for a judge or anyone to show me anywhere in the Constitution where there’s a separation of church andstate,” he said. “We didn’t lose; we were robbed. [If only I'd had a bullet in my gun, I coulda stopped it from happening.]”

Since the Establishment Clause doesn't do it, here's a starting place, Mr. Buckingham -- The Case for Separation of Church and State.

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