We’re only nine days away from Kitzmas. This will be the tenth anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
Every year around this time the Discovery Institute posts about why the decision was all wrong, the judge was an idiot, and it doesn’t matter anyway because the “theory” of intelligent design is getting stronger all the time. Their bizarre behavior only adds to our holiday merriment.
This year they seem to have planned a barrage of ten — yes, ten! — posts explaining to their followers, and of course to their generous patrons, why Kitzmiller doesn’t mean a thing. The first of those posts appeared today: Ten Myths About Dover: #10, The Intelligent Design Movement Died After the Dover Decision. It was written by Sarah Chaffee, a name that means nothing to us. It begins with a prologue:
The Kitzmiller v. Dover decision has been the subject of much media attention and many misinterpretations from pro-Darwin lobby groups. With the tenth anniversary of Kitzmiller approaching on December 20, Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog] offers a series of ten articles debunking common myths about the case.
They’re starting with number 10, and presumably they’re going to work their way up to number 1, which will be published on Kitzmas day. If they’re all as turgid and tedious as this one, we’ll probably ignore most of them. Anyway, this is the first so we’ll have a go at it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In December 2005, Judge John E. Jones ruled that intelligent design is not science, but religion. Critics predicted this would mean the end of the ID movement. Expert witness Kevin Padian and Nick Matzke of the National Center for Science Education, for example, wrote:
[We haven’t verified this quote, but it’s good:] It’s over for the Discovery Institute. Turn out the lights. The fat lady has sung. The emperor of ID has no clothes. The bluff is over. Oh sure, they’ll continue to pump out the blather. They’ll find more funding, at least for a while, from some committed ideologue or another. But no one with any objectivity will take them seriously any longer as scientists.
Then, for twenty long paragraphs, including a five-paragraph quote from Casey, we’re told that the Kitzmiller case (they call it Dover) had no such effect. We’ll give you some of the funnier highlights:
But in December 2015, the ID movement is not only still alive — it’s thriving. This holds true across the board, in education, science, and the public dialogue. Over the past decade, academic freedom and objective education on evolution have advanced, reflecting the growth of scientific research and scholarship critical of neo-Darwinian theory and supportive of intelligent design.
They’re thriving? We hadn’t noticed. But we’re given some examples:
Currently, ten states have science standards, laws, or other provisions that support the rights of teachers and/or students to critically analyze evolution: Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. Louisiana passed its academic freedom policy, the Louisiana Science Education Act, in 2008. Tennessee followed in 2012. Neither of these policies has been challenged in court.
That’s politics and school board bureaucracy. Do they have anything else? Oh yes — they mention a few court cases that didn’t go to trial. They were settled. We discussed all of those at the time. The fact is that they haven’t won a single court case — and they’ve lost a few, e.g., Coppedge — see The David Coppedge Case: It’s Over. But they don’t mention that. What else have they got? We’re told:
And the film Expelled drew over 1.1 million viewers to movie theaters to learn about discrimination against scientific dissenters from Darwinism.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The last time we posted about that was over four years ago: View the Bankruptcy Court Bids for “Expelled”. Let’s read on:
Public outreach on intelligent design is also doing very well post-Dover.
Public outreach? That’s fine for a religious sect or a political movement, but that’s not how science is done. Then they talk about their books and videos, after which they say:
The ruling sure hasn’t stopped young people from getting excited about ID. Since Dover, over three hundred students — many of them graduate students who are pursuing careers in the sciences — have attended Discovery Institute’s Summer Seminar on ID. Intelligent design is making an impact on the rising generation of scientists, which means far from being over, ID has excellent prospects for the future.
Isn’t that sweet? They have the makings of a children’s crusade. We still haven’t seen anything of a scientific nature that their “theory” has accomplished. Perhaps they’ll get to it. Oh yeah, here it comes:
Finally and most importantly, science supporting ID continues to move forward. Several areas of research have seen groundbreaking progress, including work by the Evolutionary Informatics Lab (using computer models to test Darwinian evolution) and Biologic Institute (exploring evidence for ID in biology). To date, there are more than eighty peer-reviewed articles supportive of intelligent design, with over fifty of them published post-Dover.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Evolutionary Informatics Lab was an intelligent design shop that existed for a short time at Baylor University during Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment. It now exists as a website. Wikipedia has a write-up on it: Evolutionary Informatics Lab. As for Biologic Institute, that’s a division of the Discovery Institute, and its articles are “peer-reviewed” by Discoveroids.
Then there’s a huge quote from Casey, praising all of those “peer-reviewed articles.” We’ll skip that. The Discoveroid post ends with this:
Given how quickly ID scholarship is moving forward in so many areas — science, public policy, and culture — we can only anticipate how much stronger ID will be twenty years after Dover.
We’re all looking forward to that. And we’re also looking forward to the next nine installments in the Discoveroids’ Kitzmas series.
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