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  •  You're on fire tonight! (20+ / 0-)

    Bravo, bravissimo.  T&R, natch.

    The language is part of the "wedge strategy" pushed by the Discovery Institute, the ALEC of creationism. They supply boilerplate legislation, provide testimony, and send in experts to dispute evolution. Their intelligent design balderdash highlights the "weaknesses" of Darwin and evolution, as if that implies the only alternative is Genesis, not more recent science.
    I actually read the entire decision by the judge in Kitzmiller v. Dover -- the judge's decision was clear, well-thought-out, well-written...and snarky.  A memory boost:

    Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688) was the first direct challenge brought in the United States federal courts testing a public school district policy that required the teaching of intelligent design.
    The Discovery Institute was part of the defense (Dover).
    On December 20, 2005, Jones issued his 139-page findings of fact and decision ruling that the Dover mandate requiring the statement to be read in class was unconstitutional. The ruling concluded that intelligent design is not science, and permanently barred the board from "maintaining the ID Policy in any school within the Dover Area School District, from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution, and from requiring teachers to refer to a religious, alternative theory known as ID."[8] All eight of the Dover school board members who were up for re-election on November 8, 2005 were defeated by a set of challengers who opposed the teaching of intelligent design in a science class, the ninth member was not up for re-election. The school board president subsequently stated that the board did not intend to appeal the ruling.
    (all of that from Wiki, linked above)

    We believe he established a precedent, although I doubt your lege has ever read the decision.  They might not even have heard of it.

    But it's the clearest & funniest judicial decision you're ever likely to read.  The snark is strong in this one.  

    Oh, and here's the ironic part:

    It was tried in a bench trial from September 26, 2005 to November 4, 2005, before Judge John E. Jones III, a conservative Republican appointed in 2002 by George W. Bush.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:24:12 PM PST

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