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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 

Victory!

Plaintiffs Prevail
The much-awaited decision in the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District is now available.

The 139 page document finds for the plaintiffs.

Judge Jones finds that “intelligent design” is not science. The DASD ID policy violates both purpose and effect prongs of the Lemon test, and also violates the Pennsylvania constitution.

Much more here, here, and here, and I'm sure more will follow. (Update: Ed has a "thank you" list here, and Mike mentions others here. As someone who got to watch a bit behind the scenes, there was definitely an amazing amount of work that went into this case--and what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg. Kudos to everyone involved.)

Haven't read the (139 page!) decision yet--perhaps my reading for tonight.

Update: Discovery Institute pans the ruling, calls Jones an "activist judge:" link. Funny that Jones was appointed by GW...

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
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  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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