Everyone remembers the Lawsuit Filed Against Evolution, about which we posted a few weeks ago. It came to our attention because of a press release put out by the Christian News Wire. That same outfit has issued another press release: The Discovery Institute is Made an Offer it Can’t Refuse.
Like the first, the source of this new item is presumably Tom Ritter, the man who is suing his school board over the theory of evolution. This press release tells a curious tale, but we don’t see any supporting data so we can’t check the accuracy of what it says. All we can do is give you a few excerpts from Ritter’s press release and urge you to click on the link to read it for yourself. You’ll have to reach your own conclusions. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The Discovery Institute of Seattle wants Tom Ritter to drop his lawsuit against The Blue Mountain School District of central Pennsylvania over the teaching of evolution.
Ritter alleges that the teaching of evolution is merely Atheism in disguise. The Discovery Institute is worried he will lose the suit.
We would have posted about this earlier, but we were hoping to see something at the Discoveroids’ website. We don’t see anything there about this, so we’re proceeding anyway. Let’s read on from Ritter’s press release:
It is worth noting The Discovery Institute LOST the infamous case of Kitzmiller v Dover School District, handed down in 2005 in the same federal court district as The Blue Mt. School District case.
Technically, the Discoveroids weren’t a party in that case, but their “theory” of intelligent design certainly went down in flames. We continue:
Ritter also says he is not impressed for other reasons: First, and most importantly, Ritter says there will be NO public schools in just a few years.
He provides a link for that, but we won’t bother with it. Here’s more:
Second, Ritter does not plan to lose the lawsuit.
Oh. That’s a good reason not to drop the case. Here’s how Ritter reaches the conclusion that he won’t lose:
The Blue Mountain School District has a legal problem: The Kitzmiller case outlawed the teaching of any form of Intelligent Design. Since there are logically only two explanations for the existence of life, any school teaching evolution must therefore teach blind evolution. Since The Blue Mt. SD teaches evolution, Ritter says it must teach Atheism.
But it is illegal to teach Atheism in the public schools.
Yeah, okay. Moving along:
Third, at 63, Ritter says he is no longer afraid of powerful institutions, be they The Blue Mountain School District, the entire public (government) school system or the Discovery Institute.
The man is fearless! Another excerpt:
So Tom Ritter offers The Discovery Institute the following compromise:
If The Institute will get him 10 (ten) sets of parents from different schools districts in Pennsylvania east of Harrisburg to protest the public schools, HE WILL DROP HIS LAWSUIT. [All caps in the original.]
Huh? What does that accomplish? Why drop a sure winner of a lawsuit in exchange for ten sets of creationist parents? Did Ritter start this case merely because he’s lonesome for creationist fellowship?
There’s a bit more in the press release, but we’ve given you the substance of it. Maybe we’ll hear something from the Discoveroids. It would be fun to see their response.
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