12/21/2005

Daily Kos: "Evolution Teaches Nothing But Lies," And Other Dover Facts

Dover's Board of Education defense ..claimed [under oath] that "intelligent design" was secular and they wanted it taught for secular purposes. They perjured themselves time and time again on the stand in an attempt to inject their religious beliefs into the public school system. Judge Jones, in the most riveting part of the opinion, calls them on their bullshit [with facts].. Some.. are crying foul at the secularist holding. That, of course, is the humor in it all. They contend that ID is not a religious theory then cry religious persecution when ID is rejected.

"Evolution Teaches Nothing But Lies," And Other Dover Facts
by georgia10
Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 07:03:51 PM PDT

... Judge Jones III's.. ruled [among other things] that ID supporters were pursuing a religious objective. Here are some facts [in his brief that] you don't hear about from the ID supporters:

1. The board members wanted a 50-50 ratio between the teaching of creationism and evolution in biology classes (p. 95)
2. The President also wanted to inject religion into social studies classes, and supplied the school with a book about the myth of the separation of church and state. (p. 96)
3. Another board member said "This country wasn't founded on Muslim beliefs or evolution. This country was founded on Christianity and our students should be taught as such." (p. 102)
4. At a meeting, a board member's wife gave a speech, saying that "evolution teaches nothing but lies," quoted from Genesis, asked "how can we allow anything else to be taught in our schools," recited gospel verses telling people to become born again Christians, and stated that evolution violated the teachings of the Bible. (p. 103)
5. Other statements by board members included "Nowhere in the Constitution does it call for a separation of church and state," and "liberals in black robes" are "taking away the rights of Christians, " and "2,000 years ago someone died on a cross. Can't someone take a stand for him?"

All this evidence was presented, and yet the defense still claimed that "intelligent design" was secular and they wanted it taught for secular purposes. They perjured themselves time and time again on the stand in an attempt to inject their religious beliefs into the public school system. Judge Jones, in the most riveting part of the opinion, calls them on their bullshit...

The reactions to the case on the right have been diverse. Some are minimizing the case as limited to its facts and jurisdiction. Others are crying foul at the secularist holding. That, of course, is the humor in it all. They contend that ID is not a religious theory then cry religious persecution when ID is rejected.

In any event, Judge Jones should be commended not just for his legal reasoning, but for presenting the case in a manner which definitively puts ID where it belongs--outside the science classroom, and in the realm of religion.

Daily Kos: "Evolution Teaches Nothing But Lies," And Other Dover Facts

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