There’s great news from the Discovery Institute, revealed by this article in their creationist blog: In Court Rulings on Teaching Origins Science, Law Review Article Finds a Double Standard. It’s by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
In a newly published law review article, Darwin’s Poisoned Tree: Atheistic Advocacy and the Constitutionality of Teaching Evolution in Public Schools, attorney and former Discovery Institute research coordinator Casey Luskin examines the way courts have struck down the teaching of alternatives to evolution because of their historical associations with religion. At the same time, he notes that courts typically ignore anti-religious historical associations with Darwinism.
Wowie — Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, is still active. We clicked on Savvy Sarah’s link. Casey’s article appears in the Trinity Law Review, published by Trinity Law School. According to Wikipedia, that’s a private, non-profit law school located in Santa Ana, California. It was founded in 1980 and was originally located at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in Santa Ana, California, where it commenced operations by offering evening classes that led to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. In 1997, the law school became a part of Trinity International University (TIU), an evangelical Christian institution of higher education headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, and operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America. At present, Trinity Law School is not approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), but it has a long-term goal of obtaining ABA approval. In January 2014, Trinity Law School ranked second on The National Jurist’s list of “Most Devout Christian Law Schools,” among Liberty University, Regent University, Pepperdine University, and Baylor University. Oh, get this: In July 2012, the pass rate for first-time test takers of the California Bar Examination is 26%.
In an effort to be fair, we looked at the latest statistics provided by the State Bar of California. They say that Trinity’s pass rate is up to 42.10% — the third worst of the 15 California schools listed. Twelve of those 15 schools were 50% or better.
Okay, that’s where Casey’s article was published — a very devout church-run law school that isn’t yet approved by the American Bar Association. Let’s find out what it says. Egad — it’s 105 pages long, so we’re not going to read it. Instead, we’ll rely on Savvy Sarah. She tells us:
As Luskin documents, these associations are prevalent and well known. The result is a double standard, as courts hold alternatives to evolution unconstitutional to teach, but evolution constitutional.
A double standard! We’re shocked — shocked! Savvy Sarah continues:
Luskin notes that the solution to this problem is not removing evolution from schools. He vigorously opposes having evolution declared unconstitutional.
Very open-minded. Casey probably also opposes efforts to have spherical Earth declared unconstitutional. Let’s read on:
Instead, he argues that religious associations of scientific views on origins science should not be constitutionally fatal, but rather should be considered an “incidental effect.” This interpretation would have implications for the constitutionality of teaching of intelligent design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the religious — ahem! — associations of the Discoveroids’ “theory” are merely incidental. The creationist origins of that “theory” disclosed in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District should be ignored entirely. Skipping over an arkload, Savvy Sarah tells us:
[W]hile courts have found religious historical associations of opposition to evolution to be grounds for declaring teaching these views unconstitutional, they have not considered evolution’s anti-religious historical associations germane to the discussion.
Gasp — evolution has anti-religious historical associations. Hey — so does the solar system, yet that blasphemous science is being taught too. This is an outrage! Here’s the end of Savvy Sarah’s report:
Are courts evaluating neo-Darwinism objectively? In a future post, I will discuss the history of anti-religious activism associated with evolution advocacy.
We can’t wait for that future post. It looks like Casey has a truly powerful legal argument. We congratulate him on his scholarship, and for getting his work published by such a prestigious law review. It’s good to know that although he’s gone from the Discoveroids, Casey is still fighting the good fight.
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