On my old blog, I professed my undying love for York Daily Record columnist, Mike Argento. During the Dover trial last winter, his columns were hilarious and right on target. (See, for example, here, here, and here for snippets, though the full-text articles are no longer available). He’s now taken on Ann Coulter’s characterization of the trial in her new book, “Godless.” More after the jump…
There is an irony buried deep under the vitriol, idiocy, slander, vileness, ignorance, stupidity and simply breathtaking inanity that passes for the contribution to the public discourse of an alleged carbon-based life-form that goes by the name of Ann Coulter.
Of course, you’ve heard about this vile life-support system for a mane of blonde hair. She’s been all over the media, spreading her poison, the vaguely human counterpart of a Gila monster, except with colder blood. It’s amusing that one of her complaints about what she calls the liberal media establishment is that it gives short-shrift to morons like herself who seek airtime to inflict a toxic stew of idiocies masquerading as ideas upon an unsuspecting public.
Argento takes on several of Coulter’s simply bizarre arguments, and then gets to the meat of the story: Coulter’s characterization of the Dover trial.
She goes on to completely misrepresent what happened in Dover and concludes, “After Dover, no school district will dare breathe a word about ‘intelligent design,’ unless they want to risk being bankrupted by ACLU lawsuits. The Darwinists have saved the secular sanctity of their temples: the public schools. They didn’t win on science, persuasion, or the evidence. They won the way liberals always win: by finding a court to hand them everything they want on a silver platter.”
First off, Ann, this wasn’t a victory for liberals. It was a victory for everyone who believes in the separation of church and state, for everyone who believes in quality education, for everyone who believes that scientific research and human progress shouldn’t be thwarted by the prejudices and fears of a small group of people.
Secondly, the plaintiffs in this case – the parents who brought the case – weren’t a bunch of crazed liberals. Many of the 11 plaintiffs are Republicans and consider themselves conservative. They just didn’t like the idea that a small cabal on the school board chose to trample on their rights and violate the Constitution.
Thirdly, they did win on science, persuasion and the evidence – as so eloquently outlined in U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s decision in the case. They also won because the side of righteousness – as Ann would have you believe – lied repeatedly during the trial.
Of course, this kind of logic escapes many Coulter fans. Evidence be damned–the trial was stolen from them, all liberals are baby-eating atheists, and scientists are just slaves to the gods of Darwinism. I’d think that schtick would get tiresome after awhile, but apparently her book is selling well. Another reason to move to Canada, I guess.