Barbara Forrest has a new article at CSICOP about the Dover trial and Dembski’s “vise strategy”. This is a fun read as we watch Dembski’s predictions collapse upon him:
Grousing that “only the evolution critics are being interrogated,” Dembski was “waiting for the day when the hearings are not voluntary but involve subpoenas in which evolutionists are deposed at length.” When “that happy day” came, Dembski predicted, the Darwinists “won’t come off looking well.” On May 11, Dembski portrayed “evolutionists” as too chicken to participate: “[E]volutionists escaped critical scrutiny by not having to undergo cross-examination . . . by boycotting the hearings.” He proposed a “vise strategy” for “interrogating the Darwinists to, as it were, squeeze the truth out of them,” childishly illustrated with a photograph of a Darwin doll with its head compressed in a bench vise. On May 16, he outlined his strategy: “interrogating Darwinists” about “five terms: science, nature, creation, design, and evolution.” Under subpoena, they would be compelled to answer, hence the “vise” metaphor.
Dembski already knew that such a day of legal reckoning was approaching. Exactly one month later, on June 6, he sat across from me when I was deposed as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first ID legal case, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District. He attended my deposition as the adviser to the lead defense attorney, Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center, and was scheduled to be deposed himself on June 13 as a defense witness. Besides being on opposite sides, there was another big difference between us: I showed up for my deposition. Dembski “escaped critical scrutiny by not having to undergo cross-examination” when he withdrew from the case on June 10.
Ah, blessed irony. The rest of the article tells the tale of the IDers frantic attempts to prevent Forrest from testifying at the Dover trial, and gives some background information on the whole Dover situation.
P.S. And thanks to Barbara for tracking down an amicus brief filed by Phillip Johnson in the Freiler case for me last week. Not only did she dig through her voluminous files to find it for me, she shed her own blood in the process. Her email saying she’d found it and was mailing it out explained that the white out on the page was to cover up the blood that dripped when she cut herself while fighting with the stapler. Now that’s dedication.