Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dover Intelligent Design thrown out

To add insult to injury, a month and a half after the voters of Dover, PA kicked out the school board members who voted to impose Intelligent Design on the school district, a federal judge has now ruled that the teaching of Intelligent Design in public school science class is unconstitutional. Sometimes the good guys really do win...

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Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

In one sense the good guys won, but I'm influenced by the Holy Spirit's messages on The Christian Prophet blog regarding dictatorship in public schools and judicial dictatorship. Shouldn't the parents wanting more than one theory taught get their tax money back now? On the light side, The Holy Inheritance blog says we were all created by love.

12/21/2005 01:51:00 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

"Shouldn't the parents wanting more than one theory taught get their tax money back now?"

No.

1. Intelligent Design can easily be taught in a non-science setting, such as a class about religion, philosophy, metaphysics, perhaps in a unit about "science and society," "philosophy of science," or even "origin myths." The key is that it not be presented as science, but as what it is: religion.

2. You may as well ask, "shouldn't parents whose children don't go to public school get their tax money back," or "shouldn't taxpayers who don't have children of school age get their tax money back." The whole point of government services is that not everyone gets exactly the services that they pay for. If you're going to argue for school vouchers, that's a whole different issue only tangentially related to ID.

3. The Constitution limits what taxpayer money can be spent on. If I want the police to conduct unreasonable searches and seizures, or if I want the government to censor offensive media, or if I want the courts to deprive someone of life, liberty, or property without due process, that doesn't mean that I should get my taxes back when the government doesn't do these things. The law is the law; you can't just selectively decide which laws you're going to obey with your tax money.

On a broader note, it is, quite frankly, ridiculous to talk about this judgment as "judicial dictatorship." Not only did the voters of Dover already overwhelmingly reject the ID policy by voting out every single one of the pro-ID board members who was up for election; but even if they hadn't, the judiciary functions as a *check* on dictatorship - even (or especially) the dictatorship of the majority.

12/21/2005 08:21:00 AM  
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