Just over a year ago the Dover School Board (PA) mandated the teaching of Intelligent Design which believes that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by an unspecified higher power. The decision to include ID in science classes was immediately attacked as a subversive attempt to implement religion (read Christianity) into the school curriculum.
The ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover School District was released this morning and it was nothing less than devastating for the ID movement.
Presiding Judge, John Jones, blasted the defendants by saying they were disguising ID’s real purpose (imposing religion in science class) and then anticipated their “activist judge” counterattacks by including the following statement in his conclusion:
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.
OUCH. That must hurt…
I think religion is going to play a big part in the 2006 elections and carry over to the Presidential elections in 2008. But, I doubt anyone from the two-party system will take the same stance that Badnarik did and plead the 6th… Article six of the Constitution that is. He never answered the question “What are your religious beliefs” during the campaign. Article VI of the Constitution states (my emphasis added):
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States