Friday, December 23, 2005

"Intelligent Design Derailed"

A gleeful editorial has appeared in the New York Times (hereafter referred to as "the Gray Lady") lauding the Kitzmiller decision. The tone goes something like this:

By now, the Christian conservatives who once dominated the school board in Dover, Pa., ought to rue their recklessness in forcing biology classes to hear about "intelligent design" as an alternative to the theory of evolution. Not only were they voted off the school board by an exasperated public last November, but this week a federal district judge declared their handiwork unconstitutional and told the school district to abandon a policy of such "breathtaking inanity."

Interestingly, the Times writer, who is not identified, points out the "mountain out a molehill" nature of the whole case:

Judge Jones's decision was a striking repudiation of intelligent design, given that Dover's policy was minimally intrusive on classroom teaching. Administrators merely read a brief disclaimer at the beginning of a class asserting that evolution was a theory, not a fact; that there were gaps in the evidence for evolution; and that intelligent design provided an alternative explanation and could be further explored by consulting a book in the school library.

That the case should grab national attention (a huge front page story in the Knoxville News Sentinel, of all places) shows how much in the spotlight the issue of ID is.

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