Inherit the Windbags

Fundie news site The Church Report has a brief piece telling us that PBS’s Nova plans to air an episode devoted to the Dover, PA creationism trial:

PBS plans to air a re-enactment of the trial in which U.S. Middle District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the teaching of Intelligent Design in public classrooms is unconstitutional. “I thought in retrospect that the lawyering was so good and the witnesses were so impactful, positive and negative, that the public should have seen it,” Jones told The York Daily Record in Pennsylvania.

The two-hour special called “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” is scheduled to air Nov. 13 on the PBS science program NOVA. Paula Apsell, the executive producer, told the newspaper NOVA shows usually run half that time but they thought the story was too complex to present in one hour.
    
Plans for the episode include interviews with people who witnessed or participated in the trial, and actors will re-enact the proceedings based on court transcripts.
    
The PBS producer said the trial served as excellent scientific instruction with a thorough explanation of both sides taking place in the courtroom. “This is a scientific, a religious, and also a very, very personal issue,” Apsell said.

As you know, the fundies got soundly trounced in this case. The court found that “Intelligent Design” is nothing more than creationism, which is nothing more than religious fantasy and a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

For an overview of the case, you can see this Wikipedia article.

Damn Those Activist Judges!

Conservatives of all stripes are always complaining about “activist judges”. For the most part, this label is pure fantasy. The judges are only “activists” when they rule against conservatives. When the courts rule in favor of conservatives, far too numerous to count, we never hear a peep from the Right.

So who is this “activist judge” who ruled against the Dover school district? His name is John E. Jones III, and he was appointed by George W. Bush!

Judge Jones actually anticipated this complaint, so he wrote in his opinion (emphasis added):

Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy. The breathtaking inanity of the Board’s decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.

One Response to “Inherit the Windbags”

  1. Jr. Says:

    Heheh. I don’t think it’s really a horse anymore, they’ve beaten that dead horse to a pulpy puddle.

    And today in Jack Chick news… a mini-tract that serves as an advertisement for tracts AND a blatant simile comparing the diseasish spread of Communism to Christianity…. I can tell Chick was typing it with one hand.