ICR’s Texas Litigation Update (21 Aug ’09)

FIRST, a bit of background. You can skip the indented paragraph if you already know about this:

Tthe Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has sued the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. They want the Board to be ordered to give the ICR graduate school a Certificate of Authority to grant Master of Science degrees in Science Education. We’ve written about this a few times. See: ICR v. Paredes: Second Impressions.

The last time we mentioned what had been called ICR v. Paredes was in this post: Creationist Brawl Brewing in Texas? We repeated our prediction that the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) would remain aloof from the problems of their fellow creationists; and we said that with all their resources in Texas, the Discoveroids haven’t so much as mentioned the ICR litigation. Their disdain is almost tangible. We even made an analogy, only half in jest, to the central event in The Godfather which was the cause of all the gang warfare — Don Vito Corleone’s refusal to help his fellow gangsters when they wanted his assistance.

In the past few months we’ve been waiting for news to appear in the Texas press, but we haven’t found anything. Then we noticed this update at Panda’s Thumb. They inform us:

[The court] ordered the ICR to file an amended complaint that complies with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the ICR has now done so. The new complaint is 20 double-spaced pages … but it is 20 pages of non-stop, thigh-slapping hilarity. It contains language that appears to be randomly cobbled together through some sort of Lawyer Phrase Generator, and which I defy any member of the bar to explain in sensible terms …

It’s a good article. We suggest that you check it out for one observer’s thoughts about ICR’s latest complaint. If you just want to see that document for yourself, it’s here: Plaintiff’s 2nd Amended Complaint (pdf file).

ICR’s latest effort has produced a funny complaint, but mostly tedious to plow through. ICR is still claiming that they’re being discriminated against, not only because of their belief in the falsity of Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also because of their beliefs about the age of the universe and “a variety of related religious and scientific topics.” (paragraph 8).

That and all the other pleadings in this case are conveniently available at the website of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). You can find them here: Institute for Creation Research Graduate School v. Paredes et al. They’re linked at the bottom of that page — a valuable resource indeed.

Along the way, the style of the case has changed. It’s now Institute for Creation Research Graduate School v.Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Commissioner Paredes is no longer lead defendant. We’d like to give you a few amusing excerpts from ICR’s amended complaint, but the file available at the NCSE site is a scan, not text, so we can’t easily copy anything.

For access to all court papers now and hereafter filed regarding this case, if you have a PACER subscription you can go here: Justia Federal District Court Filings & Dockets. That site also has links to other information on the internet about the case and the parties, and those don’t require PACER, but the links are sometimes useless. They’re search queries, so as time goes on they should be increasingly productive. A PACER subscription is free and can be obtained here: PACER Service Center. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is a service of the United States Judiciary.

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7 responses to “ICR’s Texas Litigation Update (21 Aug ’09)

  1. The real sad thing is that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) gives out student loans to needy, but brainy Texans. Imagine if they lost this lawsuit…. it would possibly be a double blow, one for science, and another for student loan borrowers. Sad, sad, sad.

    I love my Texan, but sometimes…

    Wait! Is there hope on the horizon? Is her name Kay Bailey Hutchison?

  2. (meant to say: I love my TEXAS, although there are Texans I love as well…)

  3. Readers might be interested in
    http://curricunet.net/2009/08/21/icr-amended-complaint/
    where I’ve reproduced a couple of the pages.

  4. Tony Whitson says: “Readers might be interested in …”

    Very good, Tony! Thanks.

  5. I should have mentioned that the brief is there with OCR character recognition, if anybody wants to quote from it.

  6. Curmudgeon wrote: “We repeated our prediction that the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) would remain aloof from the problems of their fellow creationists; and we said that with all their resources in Texas, the Discoveroids haven’t so much as mentioned the ICR litigation. Their disdain is almost tangible. ”

    Thank you! AIUI the DI also has a gag order about the Freshwater case. The irony is that all they need to do to back up their empty “we’re not creationists” line is to speak up against these people.

    Attention other fellow “Darwinists”: Is it too much to ask to stop getting “DI amnesia” when discussing YEC activists?

  7. Frank J says: “…the DI also has a gag order about the Freshwater case.”

    Also Kent Hovind. Also in the case of Dale & Leilani Neumann.