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Dover Watch - The Cheese Stands Alone (Mostly)
2004.12.21 (Tue) 13:50
As reported from several sources, the Discovery Institute last week distanced itself from the Dover school board and their "intelligent design" curriculum. Per the Discovery Institute's press release on December 14:
"While the Dover board is to be commended for trying to teach Darwinian theory in a more open-minded manner, this is the wrong way to go about it. ... Dover's current policy has a number of problems, not the least of which is its lack of clarity. At one point, it appears to prohibit Dover schools from teaching anything about 'the origins of life.' At another point, it appears to both mandate as well as prohibit the teaching of the scientific theory of intelligent design. The policy's incoherence raises serious problems from the standpoint of constitutional law. Thus, the policy should be withdrawn and rewritten."
"Although we think discussion of intelligent design should not be prohibited, we don't think intelligent design should be required in public schools."
If even the nut bags the Discovery Institute thinks you've gone overboard in your attempt to introduce creationism into your school system, then you'd better back down. Right? Wrong. As reported by Panda's Thumb, the Dover board has enlisted the Thomas More Law Center to defend their decision:
Seven members of the Dover Area School District board voted unanimously to retain a nonprofit law center that describes itself as a defender of Christians' religious beliefs, the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., despite the objections of most of the community members who spoke at the meeting. The board did not issue a comment on its decision.
In case you aren't familiar with the Thomas More Law Center, here is a blurb from their own web site, on the About Us link:
The Thomas More Law Center is a not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. Our purpose is to be the sword and shield for people of faith, providing legal representation without charge to defend and protect Christians and their religious beliefs in the public square.
Nah, Intelligent Design isn't a Christian thing at all.... These guys over at the Thomas More center, whose "ministry" (their words) is dedicating to furthering a Christian agenda, are just helping out in this case for shits and giggles. What we're wondering is exactly how the Dover school board intends to go about proving that Intelligent Design isn't religious (and Christian) when they retain the legal services of a law firm whose stated goals are defending Christian agendas. That should be fun to watch.
So, the intelligent citizens of Dover have asked the board not to push this to court, not to waste the time and money, and not to make the students in Dover look like backwards dummies when they apply to colleges that aren't Christian diploma mills, but the crusade continues unabated.
There's an important lesson here: if you are a nut bag, and you have a nut bag idea to promote, don't be disheartened if the big nut bags you were counting on for support back down; there's always a bigger nut bag out there willing to take up your nut bag cause.
Can I get an Amen?
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