As you recall, we recently posted about this year’s Kitzmas — the sixth anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. In that post we said:
To increase our merriment, every year around this time the Discoveroids post an exceedingly bitter diatribe blasting the Kitzmiller decision, Judge Jones, and the witnesses on the winning side. Such posts are usually written by either Casey or Westie, and we always look forward to them.
But 20 December came and went, without the customary tirade from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
Well, that little deficiency has just been remedied. At the Discoveroids’ creationist blog they’ve just posted How Bright is the Future of Intelligent Design? It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, who says, with bold font added by us:
In past years, on the December 20 anniversary of the publication of Judge Jones’s ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover, we’ve often posted something about the decision. Inevitably, some critic says that after all this time we’re still “obsessed” with the Dover case.
Indeed. Let’s read on:
The charge is ironic. It’s the Evolution Lobby, not Discovery Institute, that talks about Dover incessantly, reliving a pyrrhic [sic] victory that struck down a version of “intelligent design” that was little more than the invention of ID’s critics.
Yeah, the Kitzmiller case was a Pyrrhic victory. Casey continues:
Anyway, some of us who write for ENV [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog] got a laugh this past Wednesday morning when we arrived at the office and someone pointed out that it was the sixth anniversary of the Dover ruling — the previous day. As Maxwell Smart might say, we had missed it by that much. Nobody at Discovery had even noticed. So I do humbly apologize for the delayed post commemorating Dover.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s as believable as the the Discoveroids’ “theory” about their magic designer. Here’s more:
Why did we forget about Dover? Because it hardly matters. Contrary to the hopes and expectations of the Darwin lobby, the post-Dover years have seen ID’s scientific and cultural footprint grow only more prominent and impressive.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey Casey, look at this history of Google searches on intelligent design: Google trends. We suspect that most of the few searches these days are by bloggers like your humble Curmudgeon. It’s not the Kitzmiller case that’s been forgotten, it’s your “theory.” Moving along:
Critics of ID who fume on the Internet, preach in university classrooms, and feign knowledge and authority in the media love to proclaim that the ID movement is dead. As their story goes, in 2005 a federal judge ruled in the Kitzmiller v. Dover lawsuit that ID is religion and thus unconstitutional to teach in public schools. This supposedly dealt a “deathblow” to the ID movement, which according to critics, has since lost momentum and all but dissipated.
Although Judge Jones’ decision was never appealed, it was so superbly written that the ID movement is legally dead. Nevertheless, the Discoveroids will continue churning out their propaganda and suing over “viewpoint discrimination,” as long as their generous patrons and nuisance settlements keep supporting them. Another excerpt:
Despite what you hear — or don’t hear — from critics (especially those in the media), the past 5 to 10 years have been a boom period for pro-ID scientific research and peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Casey then goes on at great length mentioning the writings of various Discoveroids, which he describes as “multiple peer-reviewed articles in technical science and engineering journals.” We’ll spare you his catalog of nothingness, but you can click over there to see what he’s talking about. He concludes with this:
Alas, the kind of folks who are still waving the banner of Kitzmiller over their heads probably will never admit to ID’s progress. Like Rick in Casablanca, they’ll always have Dover.
That was much better than we had hoped for. Thanks for the chuckle, Casey. You never disappoint.
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