We have been diligently writing about the series of posts from the Discovery Institute as they work their way up to their #1 reason why the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District was all wrong and is of no importance whatsoever. Their number one reason should appear on the 20th, the day we celebrate Kitzmas.
The last one we posted about was #6 — Activist Judge. We skipped their #5 yesterday because — like all the others — it was just the same old junk all over again, and we needed a break. But if you want to read that one, it was Ten Myths About Dover: #5, “Discovery Institute Supported Dover School Board Policy”, by Sarah Chaffee. She claims that the Discoveroids had nothing to do with what happened in Dover. We discussed that years ago in Kitzmiller v. Dover: The Role of The Discovery Institute.
Okay, we’re getting back to the Discoveroid series. It’s like an explosive rupture in a high-pressure sewer pipe that flows from a nearby insane asylum, sending a ghastly geyser of goo gushing from the ground, reaching high into the air. This is the newest eruption from the Discoveroids’ think tank: Ten Myths About Dover: #4, “The Dover Ruling Refuted Intelligent Design”. It was written by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
He begins by mentioning some technical point about the human beta-globin pseudogene that was mentioned by Kenneth Miller, an expert witness for the science side of the case, which he cited as one item of evidence that humans and apes have a common ancestor. Casey claims that this item in Miller’s testimony was subsequently refuted by later research in 2013 (but it wasn’t refuted by the Discoveroids or any other creationists). Seizing upon this, Casey says:
Of course Miller, testifying in 2005, cannot be faulted for not citing a paper published in 2013. But the lesson here is this: science is always making new discoveries, and court cases cannot settle scientific disputes. Unfortunately, Judge Jones took the plaintiffs’ testimony as the final truth on evolutionary science, and ignored the fact that even in 2005 many of the scientific claims in his ruling were strongly challenged by the evidence.
[*Groan*] One data-point. A more relevant question would be whether any of the Discoveroids’ claims presented at the trial have ever shown to be valid. But Casey doesn’t go there. Oh wait — he does try to do that. Here it comes:
During the trial, pro-ID expert witnesses like biochemist Michael Behe and microbiologist Scott Minnich both testified about how irreducible complexity makes a positive case for design. Judge Jones ignored this testimony … .
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Casey then goes on for several paragraphs claiming that Irreducible complexity is solid science and a “positive evidence for design.” Oh yeah!
After that he babbles about another worthless Discoveroid argument — the bacterial flagellum, and claims that the judge was wrong about that too. We’ve all seen Behe’s “science” debunked too may times before, so we won’t waste any time on it. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims discusses it here.
A big part of Casey’s post is merely a rehash of Behe’s testimony about the flagellum, and Casey’s wailing that the judge ignored this “evidence.” We’ll let you read that for yourself if you like. Then Casey talks about Behe’s claim that the blood clotting cascade is irreducibly complex. TalkOrigins debunks that too, right here.
The rest of Casey’s post is mostly a regurgitation of Behe’s testimony. Jeepers — if Behe had been the only witness allowed to testify at the trial, things might have been different. Casey wishes that the trial had been like one of those creationist revival meetings the Discoveroids are always conducting at churches and bible colleges, where only creationists are invited to speak. Then the judge would have seen the light.
Near the end, Casey says:
In the long view — which understands science to be ultimately self-correcting — there is good reason to hope that the truth of intelligent design will win out. In the short term, however, the Dover ruling spread an immense amount misinformation about the science of ID. Indeed, there are many more scientific problems with the ruling that we just don’t have time or space to address here.
We’re grateful for that. Then he mentions the probably apocryphal statement attributed to Galileo at the end of his heresy trial at which he was forced to recant his claim that the Earth orbits the Sun. As the hooded thugs of the Inquisition hauled him away, Galileo whispered: “Eppur si muove” (And yet it moves). Implying that Behe is a modern-day Galileo, Casey concludes his post by saying: “As for the Dover ruling, the Earth still moves.”
So there you are, dear reader. There are still three more of these things to come, climaxing with #1 on Kitzmas.
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