The ruse of Intelligent Design has been discussed here before and yesterday, an important ruling came down in the Dover, Pennsylvania case that puts a bright end to the dim Intelligent Design view of the science of evolution.
Here’s how the New York Times reported the story:
A federal judge ruled…. that a Pennsylvania school
board’s policy of teaching intelligent design in high school biology
class is unconstitutional because intelligent design is clearly a
religious idea that advances “a particular version of Christianity.” In
the nation’s first case to test the legal merits of intelligent design,
Judge John E. Jones III dealt a stinging rebuke to advocates of
teaching intelligent design as a scientific alternative to evolution in
public schools. The judge found that intelligent design is not science,
and that the only way its proponents can claim it is, is by changing
the very definition of science to include supernatural explanations.
The Chronicle of Higher Education had this to say on the historic ruling:
The judge cited the “breathtaking inanity” of the board’s
decision and the board members’ “striking ignorance” about the concept
of intelligent design, often called “ID.” (Eight board members who
supported inserting intelligent design into the science curriculum have
since been voted out of office.) “The citizens of the Dover area were
poorly served by the members of the board who voted for the ID policy,”
the judge wrote.
“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.” Judge Jones also had harsh words for
intelligent-design proponents in general, writing that the concept is
“at bottom premised upon a false dichotomy, namely, that to the extent
evolutionary theory is discredited, ID is confirmed.” At one point in
the ruling, he stated plainly that intelligent design is “not science”
— a view that reflects the arguments of ID’s strongest critics.
It is good to finally see how the farcical idea of Intelligent Design is being outed in mainstream America,
in the courts and in the minds of reasonable people as we try to propel
ourselves properly into the future where science and education will
even more closely intermingle and we all continue to decode and
demystify the wonders of our world.