For months we’ve been searching for news of a case in Kansas that we last wrote about a year ago — see Kansas Creationism Case: The State Strikes Back.
This suit was filed in the US District Court’s Topeka office (in Kansas) to bar the state from implementing the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards (the “NGSS”). The creationist plaintiff has the Orwellian name of “Citizens for Objective Public Education, Inc.” (COPE). You can find generalized links to information at the Justia website: COPE et al v. Kansas State Board of Education et al, but you can’t access the court’s docket, which lists what’s been filed, and you can’t read the pleadings without a PACER subscription.
Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) do have a subscription, and they’re archiving the pleadings here: COPE v. Kansas State BOE. We always like to call your attention to “Exhibit A” attached to the complaint, which starts at page 37. It’s an astounding collection of mind-numbing creationist arguments.
Among the lawyers for the creationist plaintiffs is John Calvert, who made a name for himself during the Kansas evolution hearings back in 2005. Wikipedia lists him among the participants and says that he: “has worked closely with the Discovery Institute in finding constitutionally allowable ways to bring intelligent design and failing there, Teach the Controversy, into public schools.”
But there’s been no news about this case for an entire year! Until today. We just found this story in The Republic of Columbus, Indiana. Their headline is Federal judge dismisses lawsuit alleging science standards for Kansas schools promote atheism.
It’s fortunate that their headline tells the tale, because it’s an Associated Press story and we can’t give you any excerpts. Essentially, the judge ruled that the plaintiff organization has no injuries, so (as we understand it) they had no standing to bring the suit. In due course, the judge’s order will be available and we’ll add that to this post. For now, we just wanted to get a jump on everyone else and post the good news.
ADDENDUM: As expected, NCSE has archived a copy of the judge’s order, which you can read here: Order on Motion to Dismiss. It’s a 37-page pdf file.
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