15th Anniversary of Kitzmas — Free Fire Zone

Mars is red,
Uranus is blue,
Ever since Kitzmiller,
Intelligent Design has been poo!

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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8 responses to “15th Anniversary of Kitzmas — Free Fire Zone

  1. BLC-1 is a possible SETI signal from Proxima b, a planet of the star closest to the Sun. There is an article in Wikipedia.

  2. Brexit in practice, aka taking back control:

  3. Cutting taxes does not, in contrast what our dear SC and other conservatives like to claim, stimulate the economy:

    Click to access Hope_economic_consequences_of_major_tax_cuts_published.pdf

    Of course no empirical data will convince the ideologically biased. They will always find reasons to explain them away. That’s the real lesson we should learn from creacrappers – “I am as open to confirmation bias as them”. Specifically including me.

  4. “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. ”

    Well, technically they didn’t take the issue to court then either. It was evolution-defenders who filed suit in Dover.

    I also find it interesting that you interpret pushing ‘Teach the Controversy’ laws as a retreat, because ‘Teach the controversy’ is, to my eye, a stronger challenge to evolution than the ‘disclaimer’ policy that was struck down in the Dover Panda Trial.

  5. “‘Teach the controversy’ is, to my eye, a stronger challenge to evolution than …..”
    Then I can’t imagine how weak the ‘disclaimer’ policy is. See, “teach the controversy” is like teaching the anatomy of Tolkien’s orks.
    But perhaps I misunderstand you. From a scientific pov neither is a challenge at all, but from a political pov both are.

  6. May I take this rare opportunity to say something favourable about Mike Pence: He got himself publicly vaccinated. Although I do criticise him on other grounds in this piece: https://paulbraterman.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/intelligent-design-or-intricate-deception-what-i-told-students-during-the-kitzmiller-trial-2/

  7. A delightful 3-minute film introducing quantum mechanics from a stellar young thinker: This Teen’s Brilliantly Simple Explainer on Quantum Mechanics Just Won a Global Prize

  8. @FrankB
    “Cutting taxes does not, in contrast what our dear SC and other conservatives like to claim, stimulate the economy”
    Our Curmudgeon will be pleased to know that our socialist government is in agreement with him. They are intending to stimulate the British economy by increases in taxation.
    They are doing this by imposing tariffs on EU imports that were previously tariff-free; to do this they have terminated the trade deal with the EU and will impose WTO tariffs thus increasing prices for the British consumer. The EU will also, under WTO rules, have to impose tariffs on our exports thus making them less competitive.