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December 21, 2005

Smackdown!

In a breath of fresh air for thinking people everywhere, Judge John Jones delivers a massive smackdown to Intelligent Design:

Judge Jones, a Republican appointed by President Bush, concluded that intelligent design was not science, and that in order to claim that it is, its proponents admit they must change the very definition of science to include supernatural explanations.

Judge Jones said that teaching intelligent design as science in public school violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits public officials from using their positions to impose or establish a particular religion.

"To be sure, Darwin's theory of evolution is imperfect," Judge Jones wrote. "However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions."

David Postman at the Seattle Times covers The Discovery Institute's attempts to weasel away from this devastating blow to their pet theory (and core business.)  The irony of the Discovery Institute accusing a federal judge of "ignoring facts that don't fit his little theory" is just delicious.

Posted by Jon Stahl on December 21, 2005 at 11:06 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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