The Triumph of Reason
All too often we hear stories of hatred, misplaced faith, or stupidity reigning over rational thought. Sometimes it even seems that the human brain has been put on hold.
But once in a while, reason wins out.
Yesterday was one of those days, when U.S. District Judge John Jones barred the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools.
Although temptation is knocking at my door, I will not write at length about this--my previous posts on the subject give you some of my thoughts and I really do not like to repeat myself. Or reiterate a point. It's not good to echo my previous comments. You know, to say the same thing again and again ...
Let me just quote a few of the judge's statements, which capture the essence of the issue.
In his long opinion, Jones ruled that "it is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school classroom."
He blasted the "breathtaking inanity" of the school board's policy of including "intelligent design."
"Any asserted secular purposes by the board are a sham and are merely secondary to a religious objective," Jones wrote.
The students and teachers of Dover High School, according to Jones, "deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources."
And just in case I do not get a chance to post before Sunday's holiday, let me offer my best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday season, however it is you choose to celebrate.