Monday, March 27, 2006

Legal experts Dover analyze decision


Traipsing Into Evolution is the first published critique of federal Judge John
E. Jones's decision in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, the foremeost trial to
attempt to address the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design. In this
concise yet comprehensive response, Discovery Institute scholars and attorneys
expose how Judge Jones's Kitzmiller decision was based upon faulty reasoning,
non-existent evidence, and an elementary misunderstanding of intelligent design

Despite Jones's protestations to the contrary, his attempts to use the federal
bench to declare evolution a sacred cow--unquestionable in schools and
fundamentally compatible with all "true" religion--are exposed by these critical
authors as a textbook case of good-old-American judicial activism.

“The Dover trial was hardly the final word in the debate over evolution,” says
attorney Casey Luskin, a co-author of the new book Traipsing Into Evolution:
Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision(DI Press 2006). “Mark
Twain once allegedly refuted his own obituary proclaiming that ‘the report of my
death was an exaggeration.' Traipsing Into Evolution disproves similar
exaggerated reports from Darwinists about intelligent design in the wake of the
Kitzmiller v. Dover decision.”

The authors conclude that the Judge’s ruling will have “teachers seeking to
‘teach the controversy’ over Darwinian evolution in today’s climate will likely
be met with false warnings that it is unconstitutional to say anything negative
about Darwinian evolution.”

“The impact of this ruling is that even students who ask critical questions
about Darwinism, or about intelligent design theory will scare administrators’
about whether that puts the school in constitutional jeopardy,” said Luskin.
“There’s already been a negative chilling effect on open inquiry in places such
as Ohio and South Carolina. Judge Jones’ message is clear: give Darwin only
praise, or else face the wrath of the judiciary.”

The book is priced at $14.95 and is available at bookstores throughout the
country and online at It also can be ordered directly by calling
800-643-4102. Review copies are available by contacting the publisher at

“The mainstream science establishment and the courts tell us, in censorious
tones that sometimes sound a bit desperate, that intelligent design is just a
lot of fundamentalist cant. It's not,” said Steven D. Smith, Warren
Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego and author of "Law's
Quandary" (Harvard University Press, 2004). “We've heard the Darwinist story,
and we owe it to ourselves to hear the other side. Traipsing Into Evolution is
that other side.”

The book was written by David K. DeWolf, professor of law at Gonzaga University,
Dr. John G. West associate professor and chair of the political science
department at Seattle Pacific University, Casey Luskin, attorney and program
officer for public policy and legal affairs at Discovery Institute, and Dr.
Jonathan Witt a senior fellow and writer in residence at Discovery Institute.

Traipsing Into Evolution is part of a series published by Discovery Institute
Press. Previous books include Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. The
Critics of Strong A.I. by Jay W.Richards et. al., Getting the Facts Straight: A
Viewer’s Guide to PBS’s Evolution by the Discovery Institute, and Why Is a Fly
Not a Horse? by Italian geneticist Giuseppe Sermonti, published in 2005.

Chapters in Traipsing Into Evolution look at: Kitzmiller’s Partisan History of
Intelligent Design; Ktzmiller’s Unpersuasive Case Against the Scientific Status
of Intelligent Design; Kitzmiller’s Failure to Treat Religion in a Neutral
Manner; Kitzmiller’s Limited Value as Precedent; and The Need for Academic

The book also includes a lengthy response to the ruling from Dr. Michael Behe,
entitled “Whether ID is Science: Michael Behe’s Response to Kitzmiller v.
Dover.” Dr. Behe was the lead expert witness for the defense at the trial.

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Alethes Ginosko said...

Indeed, ID is not “just a
lot of fundamentalist cant.” It is worse, in my opinion. A fence-grappling position in which most of it's proponents tout their position because it does not demand the existence of God & there are no theistic inferences in their writings. However, most of its proponents also claim to be Christians. Well, do YOU believe in a God or don't you? What exactly is your position?

I think ID also feeds on lack of scientific knowledge, and tries to invoke an argument from ignorance...not smart. Why does something that uses this tactic deserve to be taught in schools?

The only part in ID that I would not contend with is its argument against chemical evolutionary abiogenesis. I also agree that critical thinking, upon which science is built, is being attacked. I would think that if Neo-Darwinian evolutionists really believed their 'theory' to be fact, then they wouldn't mind people questioning it because facts stand up to questioning. This is what makes science and peer-review so powerful in the first place.

Steven Carr said...

Is it true that the Judge had to have protection by US Marshalls?

Christians sending threatening emails, Christians lying on the witness stand....

It restores your faith in Christianity to learn that Judge Jones is a Christian

There is an interview with him here :-