ID and the Law

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Casey Luskin is promoting a student note in the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion that makes the same argument the IDers have been making since the Dover ruling came down, that the judge should have ruled only on the question of purpose or motive and not ruled on the question of whether ID is…

Louisiana Parish Sets Dover Trap

Ouachita Parish, a northern county in Louisiana, has bought into the DI’s “strengths and weaknesses” position and, as a result, set up a Dover trap for their local school districts to fall into. Here’s a description of the policy: The policy states that the district “understands that the teaching of some scientific subjects such as…

Great Op-Ed on ID in Michigan

The Detroit News had a terrific op-ed piece by Harry Cook, an Episcopal minister and rector of St. Andrew’s Church, and Sherwin Wine, the founding rabbi of the Birmingham Temple, both in the Detroit area. In it, they make the argument that weakening the teaching of science with religious beliefs wrapped in a lab coat…

O’Leary and Van Dyke

Denyse O’Leary has a post defending Frank Beckwith’s credentials from an anonymous attacker on her blog. The anonymous critic wrote: Beckwith is not a law professor. He does not have the requisite education to be a law professor. He has no juris doctorate. Therefore, he can only teach at the undergraduate level. And even then,…

Phillip Johnson’s Dishonesty

I had a couple people email me this article from the Sacramento Bee about Phillip Johnson, the founder of the ID movement. One thing that jumped out at me about it was this statement: Johnson said his intent never was to use public school education as the forum for his ideas. In fact, he said…

Evolution, ID and the Law

The American School Board Journal has a thorough and informative article explaining what the law says about evolution, ID and public schools. This should be mandatory reading for school boards and administrators who are confronted with teachers who want to introduce creationism into the science classroom. Perhaps we should start with Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher,…

Casey Luskin has an essay up on the Caldwells’ lawsuit against UC’s Understanding Evolution website, a suit that was dismissed a couple weeks ago. Luskin, like Caldwell, continues to make one glaring error in reasoning: According to a Daily Californian article, attorney Larry Caldwell believes that by sponsoring the Understanding Evolution website “the state of…

Larry and Jeanne Caldwell, lawsuit filers extraordinaire, have had one dismissed. They sued over Berkeley’s Understanding Evolution website, claiming that it used government money to promote religious views. Timothy Sandefur wrote a response to that suit showing why it was clearly frivolous and apparently the courts agreed. Carl Zimmer reports that the suit has been…

Slow Posting Day

Sorry about the lack of new posts, but I’m tied up at the moment with legislative issues here in Michigan. The house bill that includes language opening the door to ID was passed by the house last week and sent to the Senate. We are awaiting today the release of a separate bill by the…

Nevada Anti-Evolution Referendum

A masonry contractor in Las Vegas has filed the papers to put an anti-evolution referendum on the ballot in Nevada that would actually amend the state constitution. The act would require teachers to teach several silly anti-evolution arguments, such as the claim that “it is mathematically impossible for the first cell to have evolved by…