Let your hearts be glad! Go forth and tell the world that we bring tidings of great joy! Today we celebrate the eleventh 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. 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.
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. In the immortal words of your Curmudgeon:
What is best in The Controversy between evolution and creationism? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
What are the Discoveroids doing today? As they always do, they’ve posted a bitter diatribe about the Kitzmiller case. That task always fell to Casey, but since his departure, it has now fallen to Klinghoffer to carry on that sad tradition. His post for this year is titled Dover Decision Anniversary Today. Ho Hum. Zzzzzzzz. (Just Kidding). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The Kitzmiller v. Dover case was decided 11 years ago today. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an important case in a sense because it is routinely abused by Darwin advocates to fool the public and prove that intelligent design was “over at Dover.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he says:
Oh sure, on December 20, 2005, an enigma discussed for millennia by scientists, philosophers, theologians, and other thoughtful adults, one of the ultimate questions ever to fascinate the human intellect, was decided for all time by an obscure Federal judge in Harrisburg, PA, cribbing from the ACLU.
The only thing decided was a routine issue that has been the law for a couple of centuries in the US — government can’t get entangled with religion. As for the claim that Jones “cribbed” from the ACLU, as we’ve said before when Casey made that accusation:
Judges often copy large portions from the briefs of the prevailing party — not because they’re taking orders from such party, but because they find that those arguments are legally correct and should be adopted by the court. It’s a very common practice, and only Casey finds it bothersome. Indeed, like many judges, Jones required the parties to submit their versions of the “findings of fact” and “conclusions of law.” Much of the winning side’s submission will find its way into the court’s final opinion. That’s utterly routine.
After that brilliant criticism, Klinghoffer tells us:
Only evolution’s evangelists [Hee hee!] could take Jones seriously as a scientific authority. Dover‘s propaganda value is certain, which is why evolutionists keep coming back to it. But let’s not allow a bout of recurring anniversary-itis to lead us into imagining that in objective terms the Dover case is important, that it truly decided anything of significance. It did not. To misunderstand that is to fall into a trap, a false narrative written by Darwin apologists.
He then links to a lecture Casey gave on the subject last year, after which he says:
Casey is doing great, by the way, exploring new horizons, intellectual and otherwise. He keeps in touch. But we do miss him!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We miss Casey too. Klinghoffer’s post then dribbles away with some links to Discoveroid videos and books, and thus endeth their annual Kitzmas rant.
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 to add to the festivities — we declare 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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