Tomorrow is the big day, but we’ll start celebrating Kitzmas a bit early. The 20th of December will be the fifteenth anniversary of the decision in 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.
We posted extensively about that decision, starting with Kitzmiller v. Dover: Is ID Science? That links to the next post in the series, and so on.
As we’ve said before, 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 they’re going to lose, and 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. So they don’t do anything — at least not officially.
Around this time, the Discoveroids usually post a rant about the Kitzmiller decision, claiming that it was a travesty. Casey used to do it for them; now they just do what they can — which ain’t much. But with all their rants about how Kitzmiller was a flawed decision, 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. For some reason, they don’t also advocate teaching the controversy about flat Earth or astrology — only creationism.
To enhance your holiday experience, you should read a great article that recently appeared at the website of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), titled Remembering Kitzmiller v. Dover. As Glenn Branch (Deputy Director of NCSE) says: “NCSE was there, recruiting the plaintiffs’ legal team, providing expert witnesses, and shining a bright light on the proceedings. Now, we’ve reached out to participants to ask for some of their most memorable moments from the trial.”
As an essential part of Kitzmas, 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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