Let your hearts be glad! Go forth and tell the world that we bring tidings of great joy! Today is Kitzmas. It’s the ninth anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
This is the day when we eat, drink, and make merry — because we have much to celebrate. Since the Kitzmiller decision, no school board has dared to take the issue of teaching creationism or intelligent design to court. It’s true that a couple of backward states (Louisiana and Tennessee) have enacted the Discovery Institute’s so-called Academic Freedom bills; and we occasionally see some moronic school board talking about teaching “both sides” of what they imagine are scientific controversies, including the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, but ever since Kitzmiller there have been no court cases about that nonsense. School board lawyers tell their clients that if they do something that’s obviously crazy when they’ve been advised against it, their insurance won’t pay their losses when they lose.
There’s even more evidence about the devastating effect of the Kitzmiller decision. Look at look at this history of Google searches on “intelligent design”: Google trends. It’s gone downhill — drastically so — since Judge Jones’ historic decision. Most of the searches that do show up are probably ours.
To increase our merriment, every year around this time the Discoveroids post a 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. We always look forward to them because they’re great entertainment; but they’ve avoided the subject this year, at least so far.
Therefore, dear reader, we invite you to raise your glasses and join the Curmudgeon in his favorite drinking song:
Roll me ooooo-ver,
In the Doooo-ver …
To one and all we say: Merry Kitzmas!
And don’t forget — this is an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You can discuss pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s interesting and done in good taste. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blaspheme; say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader.
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