||[Dec. 22nd, 2005|01:03 am]
The real significance of the Dover trial
is not just the banning of the teaching of ID in public schools (which would follow from establishing that ID was born from creationism), but that the court went further to make the determination that ID is not science. Some significant quotes:
For the reasons that follow, we conclude that the religious nature of ID [intelligent design] would be readily apparent to an objective observer, adult or child...
The evidence at trial demonstrates that ID is nothing less than the progeny of creationism...
...we have addressed the seminal question of whether ID is science. We have concluded that it is not, and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents...
The breathtaking inanity of the Board’s decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.