That’s right, dear reader — Kitzmas is coming! Tomorrow, 20 December, will be the thirteenth anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. It was a triumph of law and science over theocracy and ignorance.
There are still idiots who get elected to school boards, but since the Kitzmiller decision, no school board has dared to take the issue of teaching creationism or intelligent design to court. Why? Their lawyers tell them that if they do something that’s obviously crazy when they’ve been advised against it, the school district’s insurance won’t pay their losses or legal fees when they lose.
So what have the Discoveroids been doing — besides cranking out creationist books and podcasts? Well, to mark the occasion, they usually post a rant about the Kitzmiller decision, claiming that it was a travesty — but they’ve never taken the issue to court again. Instead, they try to convince state legislatures to pass laws allowing schools to Teach the Controversy, but only Louisiana and Tennessee have enacted such laws.
So intelligent design, which is creationism disguised as a scientific theory, is legally dead. But like voodoo, flat-Earth, and numerous other cult beliefs, it lives on in the hearts of true believers. And it provides our readers with an endless source of entertainment.
To begin your merriment this Kitzmas season, we are declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!
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