Over the course of the last week, as lunch and coffee breaks allowed, I watched Judgment Day: Intelligent Design On Trial online. This is a NOVA program which examines “the celebrated federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.” more on which can be found here and here. You can watch the program in bite-size chunks of about 10-12 minutes (I guess that’s how long you go between ad breaks Stateside) making it very easy to take in along with coffee and a sandwich.
I found it made for some fascinating viewing as it pretty much gives an introduction to the basics of both biology and evolution. It also tries to be as balanced as possible with plenty time of time given to both the evolution and intelligent design sides of the so called “controversy” but what very quickly becomes apparent is that there is no “controversy” and that the proponents of ID clearly have no idea whatsoever of what consitutes science or even what the term theory means.
It was particularly interesting to find that one of the key scientists on the pro-evolution side of the argument (Dr. Kenneth Miller) is a practicing Roman Catholic who has no problem reconciling his belief with the discoveries of science. It was also good to see that the judge (John E. Jones III) who heard the case, a Christian appointed by that well known creationist, George W. Bush, and whom many IDists thought would favour their case, actually found in favour of Kitzmiller et al. It’s not surprising that he found in favour of the plaintiffs as is clearly shown by the program. What is surprising is the attitude shown towards the judge in the aftermath of his ruling and also to the community of Dover. The judge received death threats and was called a “jackass” by Bill Buckingham, who appears to have been the prime mover on the school board that wanted to introduce ID to the classroom. And this is what Pat Robertson had to say about Dover:
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city…”
Which isn’t exactly a favourable advert either for him or the forgiving deity that he claims to worship, is it!?!
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