Boy oh boy, Judge Jones being named as one of the 100 most influential people of recent times sure has the ID crowd’s panties in a bunch. First we had Casey Luskin’s inane and shameful insinuation that he didn’t write the Dover ruling himself. And now we have DaveScot’s even more shameful reaction to it. He arbitrarily picks out bad guys that Time has named “Person of the Year” in the past in order to denigrate Jones:
The magazine who made these men “Man of the Year”
1938 – Adolf Hitler
1939 – Joseph Stalin
1942 – Joseph Stalin
1957 – Nikita Krushchev
1979 – Ayatullah Khomeini
now brings you Judge John Jones as a 2006 Honorable (pun intended) Mention.
You can tell how completely insane Jones’ ruling has driven these nutballs when they feel the need to compare the man to Hitler and Stalin. Of course, the choice of those men is completely arbitrary. He could also have picked George W. Bush, who has been named man of the year twice in the last 6 years, or the American Soldier, who was named to that spot in 2003. But that wouldn’t imply horrible things about the man, so those were out.
It also should be said that picking the person of the year has nothing to do with approval of the person named. The award is morally neutral and is designed only to designate the person who most impacted the world, for better or for worse. That’s why Hitler and Stalin are on the list, not because Time is honoring them but because they had a huge impact on the world in the years they were at the top of the list. But who has time for such subtleties when trying to construct a juvenile smear of a man? And of course, Dembski had to chime in with a comment of approval:
Thanks, Dave, for contextualizing this milestone in our proper appreciation of important personages. . . . What a crock.
The only crock here is the one you and Dave are toting around, Bill. You are doing nothing but smear a man for daring to not buy your line of BS about ID. And personally, I think Dave is still sore that his prediction that Jones would cave in to pressure from his conservative benefactors and do their bidding in the Dover trial turned out not to be true. For the record, here it is again:
Judge John E. Jones on the other hand is a good old boy brought up through the conservative ranks. He was state attorney for D.A.R.E, an Assistant Scout Master with extensively involved with local and national Boy Scouts of America, political buddy of Governor Tom Ridge (who in turn is deep in George W. Bush’s circle of power), and finally was appointed by GW hisself. Senator Rick Santorum is a Pennsylvanian in the same circles (author of the “Santorum Language” that encourages schools to teach the controversy) and last but far from least, George W. Bush hisself drove a stake in the ground saying teach the controversy. Unless Judge Jones wants to cut his career off at the knees he isn’t going to rule against the wishes of his political allies.
That’s why he heaps such irrational abuse on Jones, because Jones turned out to have actual judicial independence and a brain of his own and didn’t cave in to the pressure of those who put him in office. And hell hath no fury like an ignorant git scorned.