Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A Stake in the Heart of the Intelligent Design Vampire

Judge John Jones spanked the shit out of the former Dover school board and the Discovery Institute. Most court decisions are about as interesting to read as a phone book, mostly because there is a conscious attempt to avoid language that could be considered emotional. But Judge Jones lets fly with this:

The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by 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.... The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better.
Sweet!!!! I love the smell of roasted snake-handler in the morning.

And the Dover schools already have better: the entire school board was replaced in the latest school board election. Humiliation stacked on top of humiliation. The Discovery Institute won't see it that way, and in fact is already trying to play the "activist judge" card. That doesn't hold water because a) Judge Jones anticipated the attack and defanged it in the text of his decision, and b) Judge Jones is a GW appointee with solid right-wing credentials. According to Bill Dembski:

Judge John E. Jones on the other hand is a good old boy brought up through the conservative ranks. He was state attorney for D.A.R.E, an Assistant Scout Master with extensively involved with local and national Boy Scouts of America, political buddy of Governor Tom Ridge (who in turn is deep in George W. Bush's circle of power), and finally was appointed by GW hisself. Senator Rick Santorum is a Pennsylvanian in the same circles (author of the 'Santorum Language' that encourages schools to teach the controversy) and last but far from least, George W. Bush hisself drove a stake in the ground saying teach the controversy. Unless Judge Jones wants to cut his career off at the knees he isn't going to rule against the wishes of his political allies. Of course the ACLU will appeal. This won't be over until it gets to the Supreme Court. But now we own that too.
GW may very well have driven a stake in the ground, but Judge Jones, his own appointee, just yanked it out of the ground and drove it through the heart of creationism. Sorry Mr. Bill; the only person cut off at the knees appears to be you and your friends over at the Discovery Institute. Oh, and Mr. Bill? You might want to buy your good friend Michael Behe a beer so he can put out the flames. Judge Jones, whom you so arrogantly presumed would give a shit about what you and your conservative hacks think, torched the fuck out of him.

Ha!! Love!! It!! Woohoo!!

P.S. Can anyone read that Dembski quote and fail to understand what an arrogant, not to mention un-Christian, prick he really is? What an assclown.


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