OUR last post on this topic was ICR’s Texas Litigation Update (21 Aug ’09). 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.
All the 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.
Today we find that we’ve been totally scooped by the NCSE. Their website carries this most excellent news: A legal defeat for the ICR. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The Institute for Creation Research suffered a significant legal defeat in its lawsuit over the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board’s 2008 decision to deny the ICR’s request for a state certificate of authority to offer a master’s degree in science education from its graduate school.
The evil Darwinist conspiracy strikes again! Let’s read on:
A June 18, 2010, ruling in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found (PDF, p. 38) that “ICRGS [the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School] has not put forth evidence sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact with respect to any claim it brings. Thus, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment on the totality of ICRGS’s claims against them in this lawsuit.”
Here’s the link in that paragraph: ORDER (it’s a 39-page pdf file).
We haven’t yet digested this news, but we know it’s good. And as we’ve been predicting all along, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) have remained aloof from the problems of their fellow creationists. With all the Discoveroids’ resources in Texas (like their control of State Board of Education), they haven’t even mentioned the ICR litigation.
So ICR loses — big time! — and the Discoveroids can claim that no one’s laid a glove on them — but they aren’t fooling anyone.
[Correction: Our title is misleading. It wasn’t a Texas court ruling. This was the ruling of a federal court sitting in Austin, Texas.]
[See also: The Meaning of ICR’s Courtroom Defeat.]
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