Thursday, December 22, 2005

ID advocates will fight.

The WaPo has a follow-up story about the Kitzmiller ruling yesterday. As was to be expected, the comments the ruling stirred up were heated. The Post reports:

"This decision is a poster child for a half-century secularist reign of terror that's coming to a rapid end with Justice Roberts and soon-to-be Justice Alito," said Richard Land, who is president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and is a political ally of White House adviser Karl Rove. "This was an extremely injudicious judge who went way, way beyond his boundaries -- if he had any eyes on advancing up the judicial ladder, he just sawed off the bottom rung."

It is, perhaps, worth noting that the Post writer Michael Powell has emphasized the connections of Land all the way up. Since the post leans rather heavily to the left, this is not surprising. Biochemist Michael Behe is somewhat gloomier about the prospects.

It's hard to say this chills the atmosphere, because if you're publicly known as an ID supporter you can already kiss your tenure chances goodbye. It doesn't help.

I still find it difficult to see how the First Amendment which reads in part "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free expression thereof" can apply to a local school board in the state of Pennsylvania. Congress was simply trying to make sure that the government would never be able to mandate that you had to go to church or that you could not go to church. It seems we have come a long way from that.

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